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adidas-EA Sports "Superstar
All-Star Games This Weekend--(Mar. 24, 2004)
|What:||Inaugural adidas/EA Sports "Superstar
All-Star Games: Two Games, Boys & Girls
|Who:||50 Top adidas All-American Players (Boys & Girls)|
|When:||Friday, March 26, 2004|
|Where:||University of Tennessee
Thompson Bolikng Arena, Knoxville
|TV:||None (check cable listings though as
this is subject to change)
Not to be confused with the "EA Sports Roundball Classic" this event, the inaugural "adidas/EA Sports Superstar Weekend" All-Star games, claims to be the successor to the "l'adidas Roundball Classic"....whatever...
What we do know about this event is that it now has no connection whatever to the Roundball Classic. Instead, it's a series of two All-Star Games, one for the top 26 boys' players, and the other for the top 24 girls' players, all graduating seniors, and it will be played in Knoxville, Tennessee this coming Friday, March 26. We have not heard anything about television or tape-delayed broadcast, so unless you're there, you may not be able to see it. But check with your local cable operator, because it might be shown somewhere, sometime....we just don't know about that aspect...
This game will feature a number of players from Southern California, including:
Robert Swift (Bakersfield HS)--signed with USC, NBA-bound?
Bryce Taylor (Harvard-Westlake HS)--signed with Oregon
Lorenzo Mata (South Gate HS)--signed with UCLA
We have also heard that Sebastian Telfair, listed as a participant, may not be able to play due to some obscure New York HS rule which could affect his continued eligibility, but for now, that's just speculation. Certainly if Sebastian plays, it will elevate the game to a whole different level, but with the other talent expected to participate, it's going to be a great weekend whether he's able to be there or not.
Rather than try to rephrase the official adias America press release issued last week, we'll just reprint it in full below:
Elite High School Ballers to Showcase Their Skills at the
Inaugural adidas Superstar Weekend
Wednesday March 17, 9:06 am ET
adidas Superstar Weekend Featuring the adidas/EA Sports Superstar Games to Be Held Friday, March 26th
PORTLAND, Ore., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- adidas and EA Sports have announced today the nation's elite high school senior participants in the inaugural adidas/EA Sports Superstar Boy's Game and the third annual adidas/EA Sports Superstar Girls' Game (formerly known as the l'adidas Roundball Classic). The adidas Superstar Weekend and the adidas/EA Sports Superstar Games will feature fifty of the best boys and girls players from around America. A thrilling climax to a week full of activities, the adidas/EA Sports Superstar Games will be played on Friday, March 26th, 2004 at Thompson Boling Arena, located on the campus of the University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN). Individual tickets for the event are $100, $15 and $10 and can be purchased at the Thompson Boling Arena, all Tickets Unlimited outlets, online at www.knoxvilletickets.com, or by calling 877-995-9961.
While the two adidas/EA Sports Superstar Games are the centerpiece of the adidas Superstar Weekend, there are additional activities leading up to the on-court excitement. adidas and EA Sports have collaborated on numerous activities designed to excite and entertain the high school athletes that are at the heart of this event.
The tip-off for the boys' game is 8:30 p.m. and the complete roster for the boys' game is as follows:
T-MAC SUPERSTARS Marshall Brown G/F 6'6" 212 Austin, TX L.B. Johnson Missouri Jamar Butler G 6'2" 190 Lima, OH Shawnee Ohio St. Toney Douglas G 6'2" 185 Jonesboro, GA Jonesboro Auburn C.J. Giles C 6'11" 235 Seattle, WA Rainier Beach Miami Damion Harris C 6'9" 280 Greenville, SC Wade Hampton Tennessee Al Horford F 6'9" 215 Grand Ledge, MI Grand Ledge Florida Kyle Lowry G 6'0" 180 Philadelphia, PA Cardinal Daugherty Villanova Joakim Noah F 6'10" 210 Brooklyn, NY Lawrenceville Prep Florida Peter John Ramos C 7'3" 175 Puerto Rico Colegio Bautista Undecided Josh Smith F 6'9" 215 Powder Springs, GA Oak Hill Academy Indiana Robert Swift C 6'11" 245 Bakersfield, CA Bakersfield USC Garrett Temple G 6'6" 180 Baton Rouge, LA University Lab LSU Darius Washington G 6'1" 185 Orlando, FL Edgewater Memphis Head Coach: Travis Jones (Edgewater HS, Orlando, FL) KG SUPERSTARS Ramel Bradley G 6'3" 185 Brooklyn, NY Pendelton Kentucky Jackie Butler F/C 6'10" 249 McComb, MS Coastal Academy Tennessee Dion Dowell F 6'7" 190 Texas City, TX Texas City Texas Gavin Grant F 6'7" 190 Bronx, NY St. Raymond's NC State Dwight Howard C 6'10" 225 East Point, GA SW Atlanta Christian Undecided Robert Kurz F 6'8" 225 Philadelphia, PA Penn Charter Notre Dame Lorenzo Mata C 6'9" 220 South Gate, CA South Gate UCLA DeMarcus Nelson G 6'4" 208 Sacramento, CA Sheldon Duke Sean Singletary G 5'11" 175 Philadelphia, PA Penn Charter Virginia Mohamed Tangara F/C 6'9" 230 Mali, West Africa Mt. Zion Academy Arizona Bryce Taylor G 6'5" 200 N. Hollywood, CA Harvard-Westlake Oregon Sebastian Telfair G 6'0" 165 Brooklyn, NY Abraham Lincoln Louisville Robert Vaden G 6'5" 200 Indianapolis, IN Bridgton Academy Indiana Head Coach: Courtney Brooks (SW Atlanta Christian, East Point, GA)
The tip-off for the girls' game is 5:30 p.m. and the complete roster for the girls' game is as follows:
T-MAC SUPERSTARS Amber Bland G/F 5'11" 163 Boardman, OH Boardman HS Penn State Natalia Bogdanova F 6'4" 160 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Christian Purdue Sade Buley G 5'11" 153 Knoxville, TN South-Doyle HS Kentucky Melissa D'Amico C 6'5" 185 Mastic Beach, NY William Floyd Notre Dame Megan Darrah F 6'2" Moreland, GA East Coweta Georgia Courtney Davidson G 5'5" 145 Youngstown, OH Ursuline HS Michigan St. Sparkle Davis G 5'10" 125 Decatur, GA Paideia Auburn Sarah Elliott C 6'6" 200 McKee, KY Jackson County HS Kentucky Lateefah Joye G 5'10" 145 Lenoir, NC The Patterson School Alabama Laura Kurz G 6'1" 140 Philadelphia, PA Germantown Acad. Duke Daphne Mitchell C 6'3" 190 College Park, GA Woodward Acad. Georgia Tech Erica White G 5'5" 125 Jacksonville, FL Ribault LSU Head Coach: Marlon Wells (San Diego HS, San Diego, CA) KG SUPERSTARS Brynn Cameron G 6'0" 140 Newbury Park, CA Newbury Park USC Quianna Chaney G/F 5'11" 148 Baton Rouge, LA Southern Lab LSU Brittney Davis G 5'7" 135 Portland, OR Jefferson HS Minnesota Sybil Dosty F/C 6'3" 185 Tucson, AZ Salpointe HS Tennessee Jessie Elway G 5'11" 135 Englewood, CO Cherry Creek Stanford Darrice Griffin F/C 6'1" 160 Seagraves, TX Seagraves Texas Tech Charde Houston G 6'1" 172 San Diego, CA San Diego HS Connecticut Christie Lautsch F 6'4" 180 Smyrna, GA Campbell Florida St. Lindsey Pluimer C 6'3" 145 San Clemente, CA San Clemente HS UCLA Brina Pollack G 5'8" 130 Marlboro, NJ Marlboro Purdue Kat Suderman C 6'4" 195 San Luis Obispo, CA Mission College Prep Santa Barbara Candice Wiggins G 5'11" 145 La Jolla, CA La Jolla Country Day Stanford Head Coach: Terri Bamford (La Jolla Country Day, La Jolla, CA) adidas SUPERSTAR WEEKEND EVENTS
Boys & Girls Clubs Event - Thursday, March 25th, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
For the first activity of the adidas Superstar Weekend, all fifty of the high school seniors will visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley. Over 300 kids from the local area will be on hand, and able to interact with the high school ballers. A skills clinic will be set-up, allowing for demonstrations and tutorials from the talent-rich high school seniors. Not only will gifts and prizes be given out to the kids, but free tickets to both of the adidas/EA Sports Superstar Games will be provided.
EA Sports Gaming Competition - Friday, March 26th, 1:30 p.m.
For a fun and relaxing activity prior to the on-court competition later that day, there is the EA Sports Gaming Competition. EA Sports will be on hand with their newest games, and all 50 players are invited to attend. With prizes on the line, everyone will be showcasing their best gaming skills in order to be crowned the EA Sports Gaming Competition Champion.
Live Performance by rap star, Cassidy - Friday, March 26th, 7:30 p.m.
Rap sensation Cassidy will be performing tracks from his J-Records debut album, Split Personality. Cassidy's 30-minute live performance will begin at the completion of the girls' game, and prior to the tip-off of the boys' game.
With two games featuring the best male and female high school seniors, and a bevy of exciting and unique basketball-related activities, the adidas Superstar Weekend and the adidas/EA Sports Superstar Games have become the premier showcase of amateur basketball for Spring.
adidas is a global designer, developer and marketer of athletic footwear, apparel and accessories with the mission to be the leading sports brand in the world. adidas America is a subsidiary of adidas-Salomon AG, a corporation that also includes sports brands Salomon, TaylorMade, Bonfire and Mavic.
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