This year's Capital Classic already had a strong local flavor with three area players on the Capital team, and now it has even more of a taste of Baltimore: Loyola's Jerry Savage will coach the U.S. All-Stars.
"I'm really looking forward to it," Savage said of the April 9 game at Maryland's Cole Field House (8 p.m.). "Certainly it's an honor and a challenge in that you get to work with some of the best players in the country."
Savage is no stranger to the Capital Classic. Loyola standouts Pete Budko (North Carolina) and Tony Guy (Kansas) played in the 1977 and 1978 games, respectively.
Savage, considered one of the area's best coaches, has a 447-270 record in 24 years at Loyola. Harker Prep coach Stu Vetter will coach the Capital All-Stars, who will include Donta Bright and Michael Lloyd of Dunbar and Kwame Evans of Southern.
"You need pretty good players against those guys," said Savage, whose Loyola team lost to Dunbar twice this season by more than 40 points. "This time I might have a better chance."
Savage's U.S. All-Stars include McDonald's All-Americans Jason Kidd, St. Joseph's High, Alameda, Calif.; Matrice Moore, Oak Hill (Va.) Academy; Greg Simpson, Lima (Ohio) High; and Chris Collins, Glenbrook (Ill.) North High.
Members of the Capital and U.S. All-Star teams will be here next Tuesday at Dunbar for the Second Annual Capital Classic Slam Jam, a slam-dunk and three-point shooting contest.
The three-point shootout will begin at 8 p.m., followed by the slam-dunk contest, which is scheduled to start at about 9 p.m.
Tickets are $2 and are on sale at the Dunbar main office.