Hoop Culture announced the United States All-Star Team and The Capital All Star Team for the 50th Annual Hoop Culture Capital Classic presented by Events DC today. The nation’s most legendary high school basketball All-American Game will be played on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at Entertainment & Sports Arena in Washington, DC.
“We are amazed with the quality of talent and character of the U.S. All-Stars,” and the Capital All Stars said Tom Doyle, CEO of the Capital Classic and Hoop Culture.
“The 50th annual Hoop Culture Capital Classic is shaping up to be one spectacular game on April 29,” said Events DC President and CEO Angie M. Gates. “I am very excited that Events DC is hosting this dynamic showcase of young athletic talent at Entertainment & Sports Arena this spring.”
The U.S. All-Stars will be led by University of Memphis recruit and social media sensation Mikey Williams (San Ysidro High School).
“I am extremely honored to be selected to play in the Capital Classic,” stated Williams. “We are definitely looking to continue the U.S. dominance over the Capital All-Stars while putting on a great show for the fans,” Williams added. He will be joined by his high school team Javonte “JJ” Taylor, who is also a University of Memphis commit.
Multiple members of the U.S. All-Stars have an NBA pedigree. Carey Booth (Brewster Academy / Penn State University) is the son of former Washington Wizard and current Denver Nuggets General Manager Calvin Booth. Devin Vanterpool’s (Christ the King / Florida Atlantic University) father, David, played in the 1991 Capital Classic for the Capital All-Stars, played for the Washington Wizards and coached with several NBA teams, including most recently with the Brooklyn Nets. Kenny Satterfield, Jr. (St. Patrick School / University of Alabama at Birmingham) is the son of former Denver Nugget Kenny Satterfield, Sr.
The Capital Classic will also have its first-ever member from Overtime Elite (OTE). Malik Bowman, who spent the last season with the new professional league, signed with OTE during his junior campaign at Bishop Walsh School (Cumberland, MD).
Other Notables are Cameron Barnes (Duncanville High School / Undecided), Trey Green (Prolific Prep / Xavier University), Papa Kante (South Kent School / University of Michigan), KJ Lewis (Duncanville High School / University of Arizona), Mike Nwoko (Prolific Prep / University of Miami), and Youssouf Singare (Our Savior Lutheran School / University of Connecticut).
The U.S. coaching staff will be led by University of Maryland alumnae and current CBS commentator Adrian Branch. He has selected Chuck Driesell (Maret High School, Washington, D.C.) Ralphael Chillious (South Kent High School, Connecticut), Malcolm Battle (Bard High School, Washington, D.C.) as his assistants. Mr. Driesell, son of legendary University of Maryland coach Lefty Driesell, has also served as an assistant at Georgetown University and Maryland. Mr. Chillious has built a powerhouse program at South Kent Prep where U.S. All-Star Papa Kante attends. Mr. Battle led Bard High School to the 2023 DCIAA and DC State Championships in only its third year in existence.
The Capital All-Stars will be led by Maryland Gatorade State Player of the Year and University of Illinois commit Amani Hansberry, as well as St. Frances Academy star and University of Maryland commit, Jahnathan Lamothe “It is important that we bring this game back to national prominence,” Hansberry said. “I am thrilled to be a part of it and look forward to earning a victory for the Capital All-Stars.”
Ricky Goings, director of Player Engagement and Alumni Relations for the Capital Classic, added, “The Capital All-Stars are well positioned to defend the DMV’s turf against what will be a strong U.S. All-Star team. We look forward to hosting a competitive game as part of our 50th Anniversary.”
The roster is rounded out with Austin Ball (Miller School of Albemarle/George Mason University), Carlton Carrington (St. Frances Academy/University of Pittsburgh), Carter Lang (St. Anne’s-Belfield School/Vanderbilt University), Greg Jones (Hayfield/American University), Jacoi Hutchinson (IMG Academy/George Washington University), Jamie Kaiser (IMG Academy/University of Maryland), DCIAA (District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association) Player of the Year Lafayette Williams (Coolidge High School/Undecided), D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year Malik Mack (St. John’s College High School/Harvard University), Thomas Batties (Gonzaga High School/Harvard), and IAC Player of the Year Tyler Perkins (Landon School/University of Pennsylvania).
Hayfield Secondary School Head Coach Carlos Poindexter accepted the invitation to coach The Capital Team. His Hayfield teams are 62-1 in the last two years, winning two straight Virginia State Championships.
It will also be the first look at Braden Pierce, the seven-foot tall, University of Maryland commit, who will be on the court with his future Terrapin teammates for the first time.
2023 United States All-Star Roster
|BREWSTER ACADEMY (MA)
|CHRIST THE KING (NY)
|JAVONTE “JJ” TAYLOR
|SAN YSIDRO (CA)
|KENNY SATTERFIELD JR
|ST. PATRICK SCHOOL (NJ)
|PROLIFIC PREP (CA)
|SAN YSIDRO (CA)
|SOUTH KENT (CT)
|PROLIFIC PREP (NC)
|OUR SAVIOUR LUTHERAN (NY)
The 2023 Capital All-Stars Roster
|MT. SAINT JOSEPH
|THE MILLER SCHOOL
|ST. FRANCES ACADEMY
|ST. FRANCES ACADEMY
|UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA