Tuesday, April 10, 2007


Despite 31 points by Towson Catholic guard Malcolm "In The Middle" Delaney whose headed off to Virginia Tech, the U.S. All-Stars lost to the Capital All-Stars, 149-145, last week at Comcast Center in the highest-scoring Capital Classic ever. Delaney was one of the bright spots in an all-star game again after dominating the Charm City Challenge earlier this week. Delaney shot 8-for-17 from the field, hitting four of his seven three-point attempts.

Augustus "Cookie" Gilchrist provided the most unintentionally funny moment of the latest version of the Capital Classic when he missed an open dunk in the first quarter. The rest of his outing provided entertainment of another kind. The Virginia Tech-bound Gilchrist scored 24 points on 11-for-17 shooting, grabbed nine rebounds and was named the game's MVP.

There was no one within 10 feet of Gilchrist when he missed his early dunk, and he laughed sheepishly as he picked himself off the floor. However, the 6-foot-10 Gilchrist reasserted himself later to lead a Capital team that had 10 players score in double figures.

Virginia recruit Jeff Jones played his first game at Comcast Center although some area fans expected him to be a fixture there for years to come. He originally committed to Maryland, then reopened his recruitment shortly after the Terrapins lost assistant Rob Moxley to Charlotte last spring. However, Jones brushed aside any talk of a curious subplot. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard should provide a boost next season for Virginia, which loses senior J.R. Reynolds after making the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2001.

U.S. All-Stars
Solomon Alabi, 7-1, Montverde Academy (Fla.), Florida State
Jeff Allen, 6-8, Hargrave Acad. (Va.), Virginia Tech
Malcolm Delaney, 6-2, Towson Catholic, Virginia Tech
Braxton Dupree, 6-8, Calvert Hall, Maryland
Dino Gregory, 6-6, Mount St. Joseph’s, Maryland
Dorenzo Hudson, 6-5, Hargrave Academy (Va.), Virginia Tech
Jeff Jones, 6-5, Monsignor Bonner (Pa.), Virginia
Terrence Oglesby 6-2 Bradley Central (Tenn.), Clemson
Mike Scott, 6-8, Hargrave Academy (Va.), Virginia - pictured right
Julian Vaughn, 6-10, Oak Hill Acad. (Va.), Florida State

Capital All-Stars
Augustus Gilchrist, 6-10, Progressive Christian, Virginia Tech
Jerai Grant, 6-8, DeMatha, Clemson
Shane Walker, 6-10, Montrose Christian, Maryland

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