Two members of the University of Louisville basketball programs Class of 2013 recruiting class will play their only game of the season in the Louisville-area on Saturday night at Iroquois High School.
Chatham, Va., Hargrave Military Academy – featuring U of L signees Anton Gill and Terry Rozier – will compete in the final game of the four-game Louisville HoopFest – presented by Body Shapes Medical – event on Saturday at Iroquois.
Hargrave will play Action Sports Academy, a prep school out of Stone Mountain, Ga., with more than a half dozen Division I prospects, at 8:30 p.m. The event will start at 3:15 p.m. and tickets are $10 at the door.
The event will mark the only time Gill and Rozier will play in Louisville this year and it’s the first time Gill has played in the area besides one AAU event two years ago.
“It’s a perfect chance for the Louisville fans,” Hargrave coach A.W. Hamilton said. “These guys are really playing well and they’re so excited about playing in front of the Louisville fans. They’re really excited about coming there.”
The HoopFest is being put on by Matt Denison, a local basketball promoter and editor of the Hoosier Hills Hoops Southern Indiana Basketball Report, and Jody Demling, the longtime local basketball recruiting guru who is now the publisher of Cardinal Authority, a FoxSportsNext.com website covering U of L athletics.
The 6-foot-4 Gill, considered one of the top 30 prospects in the Class of 2013, transferred to Hargrave for his senior season after spending three years at Raleigh, N.C., Ravenscroft High School.
Gill led Ravenscroft to the NCISAA Class 3A state title as a junior and averaged 17 points a game at the school during his final two seasons.
Gill is ranked as the No. 29 prospect nationally according to FoxSportsNext. He’s averaging 27.3 points for Hargrave this season. Gill scored a school-record 56 points in a game in December and on Monday night hit 10 three-pointers and had 50 points in a win over the junior-varsity team at Guilford, N.C., College.
The 5-foot-11 Rozier is a native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and was originally a member of the Class of 2012 at U of L. But he didn’t qualify academically and opted to spend a year at prep school before heading to U of L.
Rozier was one of the top five players in the Cleveland area as a senior last season by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He averaged 25.6 points, 6.5 rebounds. 4.7 steals and 4.5 assists for Shaker Heights High School.
Rozier is ranked as the No. 83 player in the ’13 class, according to FoxSportsNext. He scored 50 points earlier this season for Hargrave and is averaging 28.1 points.
Action Sports Academy features several top prospects, including Tennessee Tech commitment Shaquille Calhoun, a 6-foot-4, two-guard.
Forward Shakir Brown, point guard Micah Thomas, forward Rod Booker and guard Jah’Sheme Ringgold are all getting major Division I attention. Thomas is from Highlands Springs, Va., and led that state in scoring last season at 27 points a game.
Hargrave is 26-5 on the season and has scored 100 or more points in seven of its last eight games, while the 20-2 Action Sports team averages 97 points a game.
The three undercard games also expect to be competitive.
The first game of the event features former Rick Pitino student manager Jeff Morrow leading his first Iroquois High School team against Rock Creek, Ind., at 3:15 p.m.
Defending Third Region champion Apollo – led by junior standouts Hunter Shelton and Sam Sergeant and senior Notre Dame football commitment Hunter Bivin – will play Manual at 5 o’clock.
Lexington Catholic, an 11th Region power, and Butler will collide at 6:45. LexCath is led by William & Mary recruit Jack Whitman, while Butler’s Demetrius McReynolds is one of the state’s top seniors.
Admission for the event will be $10 at the door. No presale tickets will be sold and patrons purchasing tickets during the afternoon will be limited to five.
A complete schedule:
Iroquois vs. Rock Creek, 3:15 p.m.
Apollo vs. Manual, 5 p.m.
Lexington Catholic vs. Butler, 6:45 p.m.
Hargrave vs. Action Sports, 8:30 p.m.
Cardinal Authority is giving away a pair of free tickets. Click here to visit the Yum Center forum for details.