Star-studded lineups to be staged at Paul Laurance Dunbar High School
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 20, 2014) – The Bluegrass Sports Commission will host the Joe B. Hall and Denny Crum Bluegrass Showcase featuring 14 of the nation’s top high school basketball teams playing in Lexington.
The star-studded lineups will face off Nov. 28-29 at Paul Laurance Dunbar High School in a 12-game showcase featuring some of the top recruited players in the nation.
The Joe B. Hall and Denny Crum Bluegrass Showcase becomes the first leg in the Bluegrass Signature Series which includes three Kentucky tournaments joining the Marshall County Hoop Fest and McCracken County Festival of Hoops which take place on Dec. 4-6 and January 8-11, respectively. The Bluegrass Signature Series features the highest talent levels in the nation.
The Showcase will feature teams from Arlington County Day (FL), Carlisle School (VA), Homestead High School (IN), Huntington Prep (WV), La Lumiere (IN), Life Center Academy (NJ), Orangeville Prep (Ontario, Can.), Prime Prep (TX), Prolific Prep (CA), Quality Ed (NC), Sunrise Christian Academy (KS), Chicago Currie (IL), Faith Baptist Christian Academy North (GA) and White Station (TN).
“I am pleased for all three events to be joined to some degree under one umbrella,” said Dan Hudson, Marshall and McCracken County director and partner of the Bluegrass Showcase. “Basketball across Kentucky is at an all-time level. The fans across the state are second-to-none and this series is about showcasing the best teams and players in front of the best fans in the world.”
Lexington will host an abundance of talent featuring five of the top 100 recruits from the Class of 2015 including Homestead High School’s Caleb Swanigan, a 6-8 center ranked eighth in the ESPN Top 100. Top-ranked rising junior and 7-0 sensation Thon Maker, as well as his 6-9 brother Matur Maker, will also be in town with Orangeville Prep.
Ten of the top 100 recruits from the Class of 2016 will also be playing, including No. 2 ranked Josh Jackson (Prolific), No. 8 Terrance Ferguson (Prime), No. 20 Jamal Murray (Orangeville), No. 27 Isaac Humphries (La Lumiere) and No. 36 Mario Kegler (Arlington).
“We are very excited about coming to the Bluegrass Showcase in Lexington,” said Orangeville Prep head coach Larry Blount. “The history and tradition of basketball in the state is tremendous and we are excited about being a part of the Showcase.”
Tickets are available online for $55 for a two-day pass by visiting www.bgshowcasetickets.com.