"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The state's premier basketball event is back!
style=> The Fifth Annual VirginiaPreps.com Classic
Presented by Cox 11 Sports returns with nine tantalizing matchups in January
sure to have fans on the edge of their seats.
"Verdana","sans-serif"'>All the action gets underway on Saturday, January 5th
at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, VA, beginning at 9 AM with the final
game set to tip at 9 PM. Many of the top
teams and players from around the Tidewater area and all across the state will
"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In years past, the event has drawn large crowds, reaching
maximum capacity on a couple of occasions.
"Verdana","sans-serif"'>With an estimated 25 Division I prospects
participating, three of the state's top private schools and 11 public school
programs that have appeared in the VirginiaPreps AAA
State Top 25, this season's edition of the Classic is sure to be another hot
"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"We're extremely excited about this year's lineup as
the field consists of quality programs all across the board that have won
consistently in the past and many of them are still continuing to have great
success. It's a nice variety, which
should make for some fun and competitive matchups," stated Event Organizer
"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"It's pretty neat the number of prospects people will
get to check out that will be playing Division I College Basketball next year
or some that will playing at the Division II, Division III or JUCO level.
style=> We're really blessed to have some fine people
involved, and I think the fans will enjoy seeing some of the best teams and
players the state has to offer in the type of setting we like to look at as a
preview to the postseason tournaments."
"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A portion of the proceeds from the event will go
towards cancer research.
"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Below is a schedule with information on some of the
teams and players that will be in the VirginiaPreps.com Classic.
SCHEDULE: Fifth Annual
VirginiaPreps.com Basketball Classic Presented by Cox 11 Sports - - Saturday
January 5, 2013 at Virginia Wesleyan College:
"Verdana","sans-serif"'>9:00 AM: Granby
10:30 AM: Great Bridge vs.
Noon: Phoebus vs. Christchurch
1:30 PM: Kellam
3:00 PM: Landstown
vs. Stonewall Jackson
4:30 PM: Cape Henry vs. Miller School
6:00 PM: Maury vs. T.C. Williams
7:30 PM: Kecoughtan
vs. L.C. Bird
9:00 PM: Green Run vs. Petersburg
"Verdana","sans-serif"'>General Admission Day of Event:
"Verdana","sans-serif"'>General Admission Day of Event for Children Ages 18
& Under: $5
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"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Reserved Adult Ticket:
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"Verdana","sans-serif"'>One would be hard-pressed to find more prospects on the
floor in a game this year between Virginia teams than when Cape Henry takes on
Miller School in a late afternoon showdown.
Cape Henry, reigning State Champions on the private school level, has
least five Division I prospects, headlined by UVA commit
Hall at point guard. The
6-foot-5 Hall checks in as a four-star prospect according to Rivals.com and #77
in the country in the Class of 2013.
"Verdana","sans-serif"'>To go with Hall, Cape Henry has two talented wings in
Hutton, a dead-eye shooter, holds offers from Mount St. Mary's, High
Point, Drexel and Robert Morris, while Paige has offers from Longwood, Norfolk
State and High Point. In the Class of
Clarke is targeted by several schools at the next level, and athletic forward
Gray, a transfer from Woodside, has a high ceiling as well.
"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Six-foot-9 power forward
Copeland, a four-star prospect rated #45 in the nation for the Class of
2014, by Rivals.com, headlines a deep and talented roster for the Miller School
Mavericks. So far, Copeland has been
offered by such noteworthy schools as Boston College, St. Joseph's, Virginia
and West Virginia, plus is being monitored by a number of others in the ACC and
"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Miller School 6-foot-9 power forward
Martin holds 13 offers, including South Florida and Drexel, and he's
joined in the front-court by 6-foot-10 center
normal'>Tony Washington, who's being courted by such schools as Auburn and
La Salle. On the perimeter, Class of
Hester recently picked up an offer from Hofstra.
style=> Class of 2014 guard
Smith, a transfer from Osbourn Park, holds an
offer from Boston University and is getting recruited by a host of others.
"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In the nightcap, Green Run takes on perennial Central
Region contender Petersburg, which made it to the Group AAA State Championship
game last year for the second time in three seasons.
style=> Petersburg, led by 6-foot-2 junior guard
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Arrington, has made it to the State
Tournament five times in the last six seasons.
"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Green Run, considered among the top challengers in the
Eastern Region, has one of the state's top backcourts with senior point guard
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Thomas and junior shooting guard
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Tyler Blount as well as junior wing
class=SpellE>Keon Buchanan, a potential D-1 prospect.
style=> The Stallions also feature a highly regarded freshman
in 6-foot-4 forward Sterling Carrington.
"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Before that matchup, it'll be L.C. Bird, which is just
two seasons removed from winning a Central Region title and making it to the
State Championship game, taking on a Kecoughtan team
that was runner-up in the Eastern Region and appeared in the AAA State
Tournament semifinals before falling to Petersburg.
style=> Senior guard
normal'> Reddick is a dangerous weapon from the outside for the
class=SpellE>Skyhawks, and Class of 2015 guard
Williams is part of a stellar sophomore crop at Bird.
has a pair of Division I signees in multi-skilled forward
class=SpellE>Rajay Bullock and sharp shooting swingman
Alexander. A three-star
prospect, Bullock has signed with Providence, and Alexander is headed to East
Carolina. Sophomore point guard
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Haskett and
senior forward Kaelin
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Poe are drawing interest from some programs
at the next level as well.
"Verdana","sans-serif"'>At 6:00 P.M., it will be Maury, one of the favorites
from the always tough Eastern District, taking on Northern Region power T.C.
Williams. Under the direction of Coach
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Jack Baker, who has won over 650 games
in his career, the Commodores have a good mixture of inside and outside with
junior forward Jaleel
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Ferguson a threat to go for a
double-double any night, posting 15 points and 12 boards in last year's event.
style=> T.C. Williams, which won a State Championship
in 2008 and been to the State Tournament four times in the last six years, is
anchored by 6-foot-5 forward Landon Moss.
"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Stonewall Jackson, one of the favorites in the
Northwest Region this year, takes on Landstown in a
battle between high-octane offense and in-your-face, pressure defense.
style=> Leading the way for Stonewall Jackson is
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>J.R. Washington, a multi-sport senior
shooting guard who ranks among the top scorers in the state.
style=> Landstown counters
with more size than they've had in years past with their front-line highlighted
by 6-foot-8 sophomore center Darius
"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Prior to Stonewall Jackson and Landstown,
it'll be Kellam versus Battlefield in what will also
be an Eastern Region team facing a Northwest Region squad.
class=SpellE>Ramone Snowden, a prime candidate for Beach
District and Eastern Region Player of the Year honors, is Kellam's
standout. The 6-foot-5 wing is committed
to play his College Basketball close to home at nearby Old Dominion.
style=> Battlefield brings a balanced attack with
three starters back from last season in 6-foot-1 senior guard
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Roman Hall, 6-foot-4
class=SpellE>seinor wing Terrell
Walker and 6-foot-3 junior shooting guard
"Verdana","sans-serif"'>At noon, Phoebus plays Christchurch in a battle
showcasing talent at the public school level versus the private school sector. Phoebus
has three dynamic senior scoring options in guard
Daniel III, Khaaliq
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Fletcher and bouncy wing
style=> Daniel has signed to play his College
Basketball at Howard University. The
Phantoms are only two seasons removed from reaching the State Playoffs.
"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Rated #96 in the country in the Class of 2014 by
Rivals.com with offers from Auburn, Connecticut, Rutgers and Virginia Tech,
Robinson leads the way for Christchurch in its matchup against
Phoebus. The Seahorses also boast a
Douglas and guard Julian Reed,
being recruited by George Mason and Navy respectively.
"Verdana","sans-serif"'>At 10:30 A.M., reigning Southeastern District regular
season Champion Great Bridge goes up against a Tallwood
team that has made it to the Eastern Region Tournament eight times in the past
nine years. Drawing looks from in-state
colleges Old Dominion and Liberty, Class of 2014 guard
Evans leads the Wildcats and is in the Player of the Year discussion.
style=> Tallwood counters
with senior guard Tommie
class=SpellE>Flournoy, a prolific scorer.
"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The opener of the Classic pits Granby versus Salem, a
re-match from a 2010 won by Salem.
Two-sport standout Bucky Hodges,
who will play his College Football at Virginia Tech in the ACC, is the go-to
guy for Salem. Hodges had 16 rebounds in
last year's event. Meanwhile, Granby relies
heavily inside on the play of 6-foot-5 forward
normal'>Aaron Meredith, who is
drawing attention from the likes of Army and The Citadel.
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