At New Albany High School, the KDF Classic stars put on a show before Saturday’s main event in Freedom Hall. The elite prospects took part in a 2-on-2 tournament and narrowed down the finalists for the 3-point and slam dunk contests. As expected, the future UofL players all showed out, including Ryan McMahon putting up a KDF Classic record 26 points in the 3-point shootout. Donovan Mitchell wowed the crowd with windmill dunks and earned a spot into the finals. Adel and Spalding showed off their inside skills with their ability to finish at the rim and knock down the occasional jumper.
Donovan Mitchell's dunk pic.twitter.com/PTvbnCFFPc
— Jody Demling (@jdemling) April 11, 2015
Oh hell, Donovan Mitchell did go off the wall for this crazy dunk. https://t.co/weE1Bu8WFU
— Steve Jones (@SteveJones_CJ) April 11, 2015
*The Courier-Journal provides the video of McMahon’s hot shooting.
Peyton Siva's autograph is easily the most sought after the KDF Night of Future Stars: pic.twitter.com/kZg8fFdqq4
— Jonathan Lintner (@JonathanLintner) April 11, 2015
The Derby Classic is tomorrow night at 7:00. Here’s some additional info….
Some of the top basketball recruits in the country arrive in Louisville today for the 42nd annual Derby Festival Basketball Classic presented by Papa John’s this Saturday, April 11. This year’s roster includes 14 players ranked in the Top 50 nationally by recruiting services Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com, four McDonald’s All-Americans, as well as future Cards and Hoosiers. Scout.com ranks 6 of the players as five-star recruits. The players will also participate in the Horseshoe Foundation Night of the Future Stars on Friday, April 10, at New Albany High School.
This year’s roster features University of Louisville commitment Ryan McMahon, who will suit with UofL signees Deng Adel, Raymond Spalding, and Donovan Mitchell; as well as Indiana recruits Thomas Bryant, Juwan Morgan and Ogugua Anunoby. Former Kentucky star Perry Stevenson returns to Derby Festival Basketball Classic as a coach. Stevenson played in the 2006 Derby Festival Basketball Classic and is currently an assistant coach at Trinity. Bryant was named a McDonald’s All-American along with Diamond Stone, Jawun Evans, and Dedric Lawson.
“We are very excited about this group of players. We know we have a strong group who will carry on the storied tradition of this event,” said Mike Gandolfo and Keith Conrad, the event’s co-recruiting chairs. “The players recognize that this game is played in front of the greatest and most knowledgeable basketball fans in the world. We expect for them to put on quite a show.”
ON SALE NOW, Basketball Classic Reserved Tickets $13 Upper Arena and $18 Lower Arena in advance ($15 and $20 at the door). $50 VIP Courtside Tickets (Limited Availability). Tickets on sale at all TicketMaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com or call (800) 745-3000 or the Freedom Hall box office at (502) 367-5144 (Includes facility fee).
First held in 1973, the Derby Festival Basketball Classic is the oldest high school all-star game in the nation. The game has featured such players as Jamal Mashburn, Rex Chapman, Moses Malone, Isiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins, Eric Bledsoe, Deron Williams and Nolan Smith, among many others.
The Basketball Classic is presented by Papa John’s, with Contributing Sponsors Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County and Under Armour. Media Sponsors are 99.7 DJX, B96.5 FM and SLAM Magazine.
2015 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL BASKETBALL CLASSIC ROSTERS
AS OF 4/3/2015
SILVER TEAM Pos Ht College 22 Deng Adel F 6-7 Louisville 23 Prince Ali G 6-3 UCLA 1 Bryant Crawford G 6-2 Wake Forest 2 Jawun Evans G 6-0 Oklahoma St 3 Ryan McMahon G 6-0 Louisville 45 Donovan Mitchell G 6-3 Louisville 0 Justin Patton C 6-10 Creighton 5 Danjel Purifoy F 6-6 Auburn 32 Matt Ryan F 6-8 Notre Dame 35 Ray Spalding F 6-9 Louisville 33 Diamond Stone C 6-10 Maryland
Coach AW Hamilton – Hargrave Military Academy (VA)
Assistant Coach Perry Stevenson – Trinity (KY)
PURPLE TEAM Pos Ht College 2 Jalen Adams G 6-2 UConn 3 OG Anunoby F 6-7 Indiana 24 Thomas Bryant C 6-10 Undecided 4 Daniel Giddens C 6-10 Ohio St 33 Austin Grandstaff G 6-5 Ohio St 11 Dedric Lawson F 6-8 Memphis 13 KJ Lawason F 6-7 Memphis 23 Juwan Morgan F 6-7 Indiana 0 Brandon Sampson G 6-4 St. Johns 1 Justin Simon G 6-5 Arizona
Coach Todd Day – Hamilton HS (TN)
Assistant Coach Ryan Arrowood – Huntington Prep (WV)
*In other news, Trez won the Karl Malone Award for the nation’s best power forward. Well deserved.
University of Louisville junior forward Montrezl Harrell has been selected as the recipient of the inaugural Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award presented by cConnect by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Harrell averaged 15.7 points (eighth in the ACC), 9.2 rebounds (second in the ACC, 32nd in the nation) and shooting 56.6 percent from the field (third in the ACC, 22nd in the nation). He helped the Cardinals post a 27-9 record and reach their fifth NCAA Elite Eight in the past eight years.
Malone presented the award to Harrell at the ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s from Club Nokia in Los Angeles on Friday night in a live presentation on ESPN2. The other four finalists for the Malone Award included Gonzaga’s Kyle Wiltjer, Iona’s David Laury, Iowa State’s Georges Niang, and Kansas’ Perry Ellis. The winner was determined by a combination of fan votes and input from the Basketball Hall of Fame’s selection committee.
Honored on the All-ACC second team, Harrell is Louisville’s career leader in dunks with 221. He slammed 80 dunks this season, second only to himself in a single season at UofL. He had a school-record 97 dunks as a sophomore.