L. James commits to D.C. game

April 17 Capital Classic lands Akron, Ohio star

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February 23, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

LeBron James, likely the No. 1 overall pick in June's NBA draft, has committed to play in the Capital Classic all-star game at MCI Center, an event organizer told The Washington Post for a story published yesterday.

Paperwork from James confirming his intention to play in the April 17 game arrived yesterday, said Bob Geoghan, president of SportsAmerica Inc., the Rockville-based company that puts on the event.

James, who plays for St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, also has committed to play in the McDonald's All-American all-star game on March 26 at Gund Arena in Cleveland, a source close to game organizers told the Post, and the Roundball Classic, scheduled for Chicago on March 31.

A player can only play in two all-star games and retain NCAA eligibility, the Post said.

The Capital Classic hasn't been a sellout since 1981. The game has had an average announced attendance of 9,006 during the past six years, including 7,473 last year - the lowest figure in that stretch.

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