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April 22, 2005

East Coast stars headline DC Hoop Fest

This weekend Rivals.com will be back in our nation's capital for Charlie Weber's DC Hoop Fest. The Hoop Fest is a certified event for NCAA Division I coaches, and many will be on hand to catch a glimpse of such stars as Wayne Ellington, Earl Clark, Gerald Henderson, Paul Harris, Eric Wallace, Marshall Moses, and many others. We'll once again have coverage of all the action on Saturday and Sunday and provide live updates "In the Paint".

When you talk about events this weekend, a lot of the focus is going to be on Texas, and that's understandable with the nation's largest AAU event scheduled to tip-off in Houston. However, in Washington, DC a ton of talent is going to be on display at the DC Hoop Fest, and coaches will be out in force there as well. A number of Rivals.com's Top 150 players in the Class of 2006 are scheduled to be in attendance, and there are 112 teams overall in the 17 and under division. You can turn to Rivals.com for the most comprehensive coverage of both events.

One of the teams looking for a bounce back weekend is a young, but talented DC Assault group. Assault had a rough time in Arkansas, but they're battle tested with a win at the Playaz Spring Fling earlier in the month. 6-foot-7 sophomore Michael Beasley is a force in the paint, and a trio of soph's, Nolan Smith, Austin Freeman, and Adrian Bowie run things in the backcourt.

The Playaz will be trying to get things back on track this weekend as well. After losing in the finals of their opening tournament, Jimmy Salmon's group won the Hoop Group Jam Fest, then got bounced out early in Arkansas. 6-foot-4 2G Wayne Ellington is really tearing it up this month, and quickly establishing himself among the top players nationally in the class of 2006. 6-foot-5 Gerald Henderson and 6-foot-9 Earl Clark give the Playaz additional star power in the starting line-up. Should be interesting to see if the role players can give them more production this weekend.

Another team with youth to burn is D-One Sports from North Carolina with 6-foot-6 sophomore Eric Wallace and 6-foot-7 sophomore Marshall Moses. Also watch for 5-foot-11 sophomore PG Tyree Graham, a big time talent who runs the show for D-One.

Other teams and players of interest include, 6-foot-4 guard Paul Harris from the GC Ballers, 6-foot-9 center Derrick Caracter from the New York Panthers, 6-foot-2 sophomore Antonio Jardine from Hunting Park, 6-foot-7 Dan Werner from the Jersey Shore Warriors, 6-foot sophomore Corey Fisher of the Long Island Lightning, 6-foot-4 Reggie Redding from Philly MJC, the Michigan Mustangs, New York Ravens, New England Playaz, New York Ravens, Pittsburgh Jots, Richmond Squires, and many others.

The action starts this evening with 16 and under games happening at Catholic University and Georgetown University. Saturday morning at 8:30, the 17 and under bracket begins play.

Players and teams in attendance are based on the current schedule and past rosters.

Stay with Rivals.com for the blow-by-blow and a complete recap.

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