About forty years ago in Louisville, a man I worked for, Max Rein, had a great idea. During the Kentucky Derby week, Have the Kentucky high school all-stars play the Indiana high school all-stars. Max made a ton of money promoting those early games and he eventually sold the concept to McDonalds which called it "Shoot the Hoop".  I am glad to say after all these years it is still a big event. No longer just Kentucky and Indiana, the classic is back Friday night and tickets are on sale.

The Derby Festival Basketball Classic has showcased some of the nation's finest high school talent before the players move onto collegiate and professional levels.

Tickets are $11 and $16 reserved, and include facility fees. Tickets can be purchased at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Kentucky International Convention Center and the KFC Yum! Center Ticket Offices. Tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster outlets, through Ticketmaster Charge by Phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.

 This year’s event features recruits for top schools such as Kansas University, the University of Louisville and many others. Here are the rosters.

White Team Position Ht/Wt College

Steve Adams C 6’11”/230 Pittsburgh

Semaj Christon PG 6’2”/175 Xavier

Sam Dekker SF 6’7”/190 Wisconsin

Jeremy Hollowell SF 6’7”/200 Indiana

Danuel House SG 6’6”/175 Houston

Ron Patterson SG 6’3/180 Indiana

Hanner Perea PF 6’8”/190 Indiana

Terry Rozier PG 6’1”/170 Louisville

Jakarr Sampson PF 6’7”/195 Undecided

TJ Warren SF 6’8”/230 North Carolina State

Coach Ryan Hurd - Notre Dame Prep (MA)

Coach Jason Smith - Brewster Academy (NH)


Black Team Position Ht/Wt College

Jordan Adams SF 6’5”/205 UCLA

Robert Carter C 6’9”/245 Georgia Tech

Phil Forte PG 5’11”/165 Oklahoma State

Amile Jefferson PF 6’9”/200 Undecided

Tyler Lewis PG 5’11”/165 North Carolina State

Devonta Pollard SF 6’7”/195 Undecided

Winston Shepard PF 6’8”/200 San Diego State

Marcus Smart SG 6’4”/200 Oklahoma State

D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera SG 6’3”/210 Georgetown

Andrew White SF 6’6”/205 Kansas

Coach Jason Polykoff - Friends Central (PA)

Coach Danny Henderson - Marcus (TX)