Verizon Center plays host to Montgomery athletes and the Cap Classic

WASHINGTON – The scene at the Verizon Center for the big announcement on a Saturday in December looked like a who’s who among local basketball aficionados.

Coaches, parents and players from around the area converged at the arena for the Hoop Culture Capital Classic DMV Top 100.

Quince Orchard’s Paul Foringer, Sherwood’s Tim Gilchrist, Churchill’s Robert Bean and St. Andrew’s head coach Kevin Jones were among the locals in attendance that day.

Montgomery County products Bryan Boehlert (Magruder), Daniel Brown (Paint Branch), Julius Cobb (Blair), Kobe Colston (Blake), Dominic Doyle (St. Andrew’s), Anthony Duruji (St. Andrew’s), Paris Dyson-Dimes (Gaithersburg), Andres Escobar (Springbrook), Johnny Fierstein (Quince Orchard), Donnell Frayer (Landon), Cameron Galic (B-CC), Matt Kelly (Quince Orchard), Bryan Knapp (Jewish Day), Hannes Kogelnik (Whitman), Ian Krishnan (Clarksburg), Stephen Lang (Poolesville), Brad Leventhal (Churchill), Kareem Matthew (Seneca Valley), Zaire Mitchell-Paden (Richard Montgomery), Jonathan Mustamu (Kennedy), Mileke Omar (Northwest), Max Oppenheim (Whitman), Will Quarn (Wootton), Alex Rojas (Gaithersburg), Anthony Scafidie (Georgetown Prep), Josh Seils (Sherwood), Kendale Sewell (Watkins Mill), Brandon Simpson (Seneca Valley), Chris Smalls (St. Andrew’s), Chyree Walker (Bullis) and Michael Winterburn (Clarksburg) were among the local student-athletes honored.  

The 44th annual Capital Classic will make its return to Verizon Center on Saturday, April 8. The first game will feature the Suburban All-Stars against the District All-Stars at 11:00 am followed by the Capital All-Stars against the United States All-Stars at 1:00 pm.

“I am extremely excited and energized by the return of the Capital Classic to the Verizon Center,” said Capital Classic Founder Bob Geoghan, a Montgomery County resident. “The game’s return could not be possible without Tom Doyle and Pete Deoudes who now own the rights to the Capital Classic and the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame. They were my personal choice to continue the legacy I began in 1974 and I’m convinced they have the same passion, dedication, and integrity to take these events back to the prominence they deserve.”

I’ve been going to the Capital Classic since the early 1980’s and have not missed a game in about 20 years.

This event is the nation’s first and longest running high school All-American basketball game. It has showcased future NBA stars such as Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Magic Johnson, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd, Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony and many others.

The Capital Classic Coaches Committee includes Foringer and Gonzaga head coach Steve Turner, a Montgomery Blair High School product who led the Purple Eagles to the WCAC, DCSAA and the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament championship.

The Capital Classic Executive Committee is comprised of Doyle and Deoudes along with NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and DC Touchdown Club President and Executive Director Steve Beck among others.

“Hoop Culture is proud to bring back one of Washington, DC’s most important and iconic events to the Verizon Center,” said Doyle, CEO of Hoop Culture and the Capital Classic.

“The Capital Classic has been a staple in the DC sports community and the nation for many, many years,” said David Touhey, President of Venues for Monumental Sports & Entertainment. “We are excited to be hosting the game once again here at Verizon Center. Some of the most talented basketball players of all time began their careers with the Capital Classic and bringing the game back to the arena is incredible for the building, city and community.”

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