The Haverford School and Lake Clifton Added to December Slate
Lewes, DE – October 16, 2014 – The Delaware Sports Commission is excited to announce the final two participants in the highly anticipated return of the Slam Dunk to the Beach. The Haverford School in Pennsylvania and Lake Clifton High School of Baltimore, MD round out the 16-‐team field, which features representatives from seven states as well as the District of Columbia. The full schedule of the three-‐day event, at Cape Henlopen High School, December 27-‐29, has also been unveiled.
The Haverford School adds two more rising stars to the already potent field. Levan Alston, the 86th-‐ranked player in the country in the class of 2015 (according to ESPN) and a Temple commit, helped lead the Fords to a 16-‐8 record last season. He is joined by small forward Lamar Stevens, ESPN’s No. 40 player in the class of 2016, who has offers from Villanova, Indiana, Temple, St. Joseph’s and Penn State. Lake Clifton is a perennial contender in the basketball hotbed of Baltimore, claiming three state championships, and three Baltimore City titles in their rich history. Last season, the Lakers went 21-‐4 and made it to the Baltimore City championship game.
These additions are joined by the previously announced field, which is headlined by several schools who annually occupy spots in the national rankings. Sunrise Christian Academy (Wichita, KS), St. Vincent-‐St. Mary High School (Akron, OH), Our Savior New American School (Centereach, NY), Gonzaga College High School (Washington, D.C.) and Ss. John Neumann-‐Goretti High School (Philadelphia, PA) will all spend their winter break in the First State. The tournament, long a staple of the national high school basketball calendar, is returning for the first time since 2003. For 13 years Slam Dunk to the Beach hosted some of the nation’s premier players, including LeBron James (’01), Dwight Howard (’03), Kevin Durant (’03), Carmelo Anthony (’00) and J.J. Redick (’01), all now NBA superstars.
“We are fortunate to have a field that features some of the top programs and players in high school basketball,” said Matt Robinson, chairman of the tournament as well as the Delaware Sports Commission. “These two additions only strengthen what was already an overwhelmingly strong slate of games this December. With a field of this caliber, Cape Henlopen’s gym is sure to be filled to capacity all three days of the tournament, which will not only provide an incredible atmosphere, but will also bring patrons and visitors to the Delaware beaches during the winter season.”
The schedule will break down into sessions, with each day featuring a pair of three-‐game blocks. There are plenty of matchups that leap off the paper.
The event opens on Saturday, December 27 at noon as Caesar Rodney (DE) takes on Lake Clifton (MD). Also on day one, First State rivals Sanford and Salesianum, who have combined to capture four of the last five Delaware State titles, square off.
Day two will be highlighted by The Haverford School’s (PA) showdown with Roselle Catholic (NJ). That clash will feature five top-‐100 players in the classes of 2015 and 2016, including RC’s Isaiah Briscoe, who is ESPN’s top-‐ranked senior point guard in the country. Later that evening, Gonzaga College High School (DC) will battle Gill St. Bernard’s School (NJ) in a matchup of potent backcourts that pits Wake Forestcommit Bryant Crawford versus top-‐five shooting guard Tyus Battle.
As always, the best is saved for last, as Day three will feature a local power trying to knock off a national one when Sanford takes on Christ The King (NY). That contest will include Christ The King’s highly heralded forward Rawle Alkins. Then a matchup of six top-‐100 players from the classes of 2015 and 2016 takes center stage as The Haverford School challenges Our Savior New American School (NY). Cheick Diallo, who has fielded offers from Connecticut, Kentucky, Kansas, Louisville Syracuse and Villanova among others, headlines an OSNAS squad that finished last season ranked ninth in the nation by USA Today.
The full schedule, with tip times for all 18 games, is attached separately.
A limited number of three-‐day tournament tickets are available now. Single-‐day tickets will be offered starting Thursday, October 23 at 10 a.m. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit slamdunktothebeach.com or follow the tournament on Facebook at Slam Dunk to the Beach or via twitter under the handle @SlamDunkToBeach.
About Delaware Sports Commission:
The Delaware Sports Commission, a not-‐for-‐profit organization, was established to attract large and small sporting events to Delaware to benefit the sports industry and community and to positively impact Delaware’s economy. The DSC also assists with the retention and growth of existing sports events. To date, the DSC has partnered with close to 40 regional and national events, paving the way for larger-‐scale future events to be held in Delaware.
Slam Dunk to the Beach Media Contacts:
Scott Klatzkin, Media Coordinator 302-‐530-‐4492