Cath. League set to preview its top players

Preseason showcase designed to boost exposure

Basketball

High schools

September 27, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff

The site has changed, but the times and purpose of Sunday's first ever Baltimore Catholic League Preseason Basketball Showcase have not.

Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn will host the doubleheader involving the BCL's top junior and senior players. The junior all-stars will play at 1:30 p.m. followed by the senior stars at 2:45 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students.

Taking a page from similar games played in New York and Philadelphia, the BCL, which begins its 31st season this winter, hopes to provide exposure for its top players as selected by the league's eight coaches.

"We had a meeting and decided that a preseason event like this could help our kids land scholarships," said BCL commissioner and former Mount St. Joseph guard Jack Degele.

"We've contacted a couple hundred college coaches and have gotten a good response from them. We expect a very good turnout of coaches to see our best players."

The eight teams were divided into North and South squads and Degele said assistant coaches will run the teams.

Calvert Hall, Loyola, St. Maria Goretti of Hagerstown and Towson Catholic will comprise the North teams. The South teams will be drawn from Spalding, Cardinal Gibbons, Mount St. Joseph and St. Francis.

A couple of blue-chip guards, Darnell Hopkins of Towson Catholic and Gary Neal of Calvert Hall, are expected to play in the seniors game.

Among the top juniors expected to play are Spalding's 6-foot-10 center Will Bowers and Goretti guard Derrick Davis.

Missing will be The Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year, swingman Carmelo Anthony, who transferred from Towson Catholic to national powerhouse Oak Hill Academy (Va.) for his senior year.

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