College basketball fans will have an opportunity to see a number of local players in the new Basketball Alumni Legends League (The-BALL). The league commences Sunday, August 5 with The-BALL Showcase.
There will be a game featuring a team of former standouts from Philadelphia college basketball programs against a similar team from Washington, D.C. The game will be played at Saint Joseph’s Hagan Arena at 8 p.m. The contest will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet regional networks in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Boston and other areas on the East Coast.
The Big 5 will be well represented with expected players such as Villanova’s Allan Ray, Curtis Sumpter and Reggie Redding; Saint Joseph’s Pat Carroll and Ahmad Nivins; Temple’s Dustin Salisbery and Mark Tyndale; and Penn’s Zack Rosen.
The opponent, Team D.C., will be composed of former players from D.C. area schools, including Georgetown, Maryland, George Washington, George Mason and American. Some of the players who have agreed to play are Henry Sims, Jason Clark, Austin Freeman and Chris Wright of Georgetown; John Gilchrist and James Gist of Maryland; and Folarin Campbell, Jai Lewis and Will Thomas of George Mason.
For Carroll and Sumpter, the game will mark their last game as professional basketball players. Both players have decided to move on to new careers, Carroll in the healthcare industry and Sumpter as a basketball coach.
“We couldn’t be happier about the players and coaches we have been able to attract to these events,” said The-BALL founder and CEO, Michael Wranovics in a statement. “Both teams have all of the star power, collegiate ties and local flavor that we had always hoped for, and we’re not done yet.”
Head coaches have also been selected for the two teams. Philadelphia will be led by Alvin Williams, former Villanova star, 11-year NBA veteran, and current director of player development with the NBA’s Toronto Raptors. Phil Hubbard, a 10-year NBA veteran and former assistant coach with the Washington Wizards, will coach the Washington, D.C. team.
Proceeds from the game will benefit the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Lower-level seats are $25 and upper-level seats are $15. Tickets can be purchased by going to www.the-BALL.com.