Nov 2015

Lineup includes three USA TODAY Super 25 teams

Lewes, DE – November 16, 2015 – The Delaware Sports Commission is excited to announce the full schedule of the Slam Dunk to the Beach basketball tournament, which will be held at Cape Henlopen High School from December 27-29, 2015. The final two teams of the 19-team field, which features representatives from seven states and the District of Columbia, have also been unveiled. Maret School of Washington D.C. and The Patrick School from Elizabeth, N.J. will round out the 2015 field.

These final additions join the previously announced field, which is headlined by three schools ranked in the newly revealed USA TODAY Super 25 preseason rankings. Sixthranked La Lumiere (La Porte, IN), 13th ranked Roman Catholic (Philadelphia, PA), and 20th ranked Roselle Catholic (Roselle, NJ) will all enter the 2015-16 season as nationally ranked teams.

In addition to the USA TODAY Super 25 rankings, nine of the 13 teams from the national field have been listed as MaxPreps “Early Contenders” for the 2015-16 season. La Lumiere and Roman Catholic made the “Will Make a Run” list which includes the top 13 teams in the country. Roselle Catholic and Ss. Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia, PA) were the 14th and 19th rated teams on the list, respectively, with The Patrick School at 22nd overall. Bishop McNamara (Forestville, MD), Paul VI (Fairfax, VA), St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, NJ), and Westtown School (Westtown, PA) all made the MaxPreps rankings as teams “On the Radar.”

This collection of elite teams is three more than last season’s Slam Dunk to the Beach total. Slam Dunk is returning to the Delaware beaches after a successful 2014 relaunch of the iconic tournament that over the years has hosted some of the nation’s premier players, including LeBron James (2001), Kevin Durant (2003), Dwight Howard (2003) and Carmelo Anthony (2000), all now NBA superstars. Slam Dunk to the Beach contributed more than $1 million to the local economy and over 10,000 fans watched the exciting action unfold over three days in December 2014.

“We are excited about the caliber teams we were able to attract for this year’s event and we are even more excited about the caliber of the matchups, said Chairman of the Delaware Sports Commission, Dr. Matthew Robinson. “There are going to be competitive and exciting games featuring some of the country’s best high school players. The quality of the teams and matchups makes Slam Dunk a can’t miss event for basketball fans.”

The schedule breaks down into day and night sessions, with each day featuring a pair of exciting three-game blocks.

The final announced team will be the first team to play as the event opens on Sunday, December 27 at noon with Maret School taking on Appoquinimink (Middletown, DE). In Sunday’s night session Ss. Neumann-Goretti faces Paul VI. Neumann-Goretti junior, Quade Green, and Paul VI senior, V.J. King, are both ranked as top 50 players in their respective classes by ESPN.

On day two of Slam Dunk to the Beach, 13th ranked Roman Catholic will compete against Maret School at 1:30pm. The night session features back to back games with ESPN25 players. Nazreon Reid, rated sixth in the nation amongst sophomores, and 20th ranked Roselle Catholic will tip-off against Paul VI. Immediately following will be former Slam Dunk to the Beach champion, St. Benedict’s Prep, taking on a Westtown School team that features the seventh ranked player in the 2018 class, Cameron Reddish. The First State and the Hoosier State will close out the action on December 28th as seven time Delaware state champion, Sanford (Hockessin, DE) challenges USA Today’s sixth ranked La Lumiere. The La Lumiere roster has a multitude of nationally ranked players in every class, including two players in the ESPN60 rankings, Brian Bowen and Jeremiah Tilmon.

The final day will be on Tuesday, December 29 and again will feature several of the top ranked players in the country. At 3:00pm, the third rated center in the junior class, Nick Richards of The Patrick School, will matchup against Bishop O’Connell (Arlington, VA). In the night session, ESPN60’s fourth ranked power forward, Mohamed Bamba, and Westtown School will play Friendship Collegiate (Washington, D.C.) prior to La Lumiere taking on St. Benedict’s Prep. The host school, Cape Henlopen (Lewes, DE), closes out the event against Appoquinimink.

The full schedule, with start times for all 18 games, is attached separately.

Tickets for Slam Dunk to the Beach 2015 are now on sale at $55 for three day tournament passes and $25 for single day passes. A limited number of VIP courtside seat packages, which include exclusive courtside seat plus access to VIP hospitality suite, complimentary Slam Dunk program book and tee shirt, are now available. Tickets can be purchased online at www.slamdunktothebeach.com or by calling 1-800-441-7223 and pressing 3 for Slam Dunk to the Beach.

For more information, visit slamdunktothebeach.com or follow the tournament on Facebook at Slam Dunk to the Beach, via Twitter @SlamDunkToBeach and on Instagram @SlamDunkDE.

The 2015 Slam Dunk to the Beach is proud to be sponsored by 94.7 WDSD-FM, Atlantic Sands Hotel, Big Fish Group, Carl Freeman Foundation, Community Bank, Grotto Pizza, Highway One, Hyatt Place Dewey Beach, Pepsi, Schell Brothers, Sleep Inn, SoDel Concepts, Starboard/Bethany Blues and Sussex County Council.

About Delaware Sports Commission:

The Delaware Sports Commission, a not-for-profit organization, was established to attract regional and national level sporting events to Delaware as an endeavor to positively impact Delaware’s economy. The DSC also assists with the retention and growth of existing sporting events. To date, the DSC has partnered with over 50 regional and national events, paving the way for future large-scale events to be held in Delaware

Slam Dunk to the Beach Media Contact:

Scott Klatzkin, Media Coordinator 302-530-4492 slamdunkmedia@delawaresports.org

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