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2003 Nike Say No Classic College
Playoffs Set For This Weekend--(July 30, 2003)

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What:   27th Annual Nike "Say No Classic" Basketball League
America's Premier College Summer
When:   Friday, Aug. 1 Semifinals @ 6:00 p.m.  8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 2 Championship Game @ 5:00 p.m.
Who:   Top College-Level Prospects & Players Only
Where:   Friday Semifinals:
West Los Angeles College
9000 Overland Ave.
West Los Angeles, CA

Saturday Championship
LA Southwest College
1600 Imperial Highway
Los Angeles, CA

In the last 27 years, the old "Southern California College Open" has developed and grown into what is now one of the nation's premier collegiate summer leagues, the "Say No Classic."  This league has had some of the best basketball players in pass through since it started, including many NBA players, and this year's group of players, all of whom are either originally from Southern California or who are now playing for colleges and unversities located here, includes some of the top players from the Pac-10, the Big West, WCC, Mountain West,  Big Sky, as well as a few from conferences as distant as the Ivy League, Mid-American, Horizon, America East,  Big East, as well as some of the best NAIA players in the country.  

The league has already played a full summer schedule at West Los Angeles College during June and July, and is now down to the final two days of competition this weekend.  The Semifinals will be played this Friday night, at 6:30 p.m. featuring a contest between Hank's Top Prospects featuring Marquis Poole from Washington State, Desmon Farmer and Roderick Stewart from USC (although the latter was missing last weekend), Louis Darby from Long Beach State, and Tony Key and Nashid Beard from LACC.  They will match up against Harry Wilson's CABC team featuring Brandon Rohe from Santa Clara, RJ Socci who sat out last year at Cal Poly SLO, Tashaan Forehan-Kelly from Cal, Mike Reich from Colorado College.  Here are the full team rosters for each squad:

Say No Classic 2003 Semifinals #1:  6:30 p.m.

Hank's Top Prospects
(American #4,  Record: 7-3)
  CABC
(American #6, Record: 5-5)
# Player School # Player School
1   Michael Strawberry undecided 1 Tashaan Forehan-Kelly Cal Berkeley
2   Jason McKinney undecided 2 Jarrett Skrivfars Montana State-Billings
3   Marquis Poole Idaho State 3 Matthew Fournier undecided
4   Desmon Farmer USC 4 Gabriel Hughes Cal Berkeley
5   Wayne Arnold Georgia 5 RJ Socci Cal Poly SLO
6   Kevin Lewis undecided 6 Jeff Schafer undecided
7   Nashid Beard LACC 7 Adam Tancredi Quinnipiac
9   Louis Darby Long Beach State 8 Mike Riech Colorado College
10   Tony Key LACC 9 Danny Lambert Irvine Valley College
13   Rodrick Stewart USC 10 Brandon Rohe Santa Clara U
13   Marcel Jackson Long Beach State 13 Ryan Moore UC-Davis
14   Markee White San Diego State 14 Evan Moore Stanford

The second game of the evening will feature Hank's Big Time (coached by Michael Wolf) against California Team Select (coached by Thaddeus McGrew).   Hank's Big Time has had a core nucleus lately of David Gale who will play at Loyola-Chicago, UCLA teammates Brian Morrison and Mike Fey,   Stanford's Fred Washington who joins the Cardinal this fall,  the high-flying Corey Belser from USD, and big man Brice Prather of Azusa Pacific.  Hank's Big Time has also recently seen the addition of high-scoring Terrance Johnson from Pepperdine who replaced a few guys formerly on the roster who had other commitments (e.g., Kirk Snyder who was playing for Puerto Rico), and the team also saw the return last weekend of 6'-8" Tyler Newton, who was injured early in the summer with a bad ankle sprain, but who kept his team's hopes alive with a crucial putback as time expired in last weekend's quarterfinals, giving Hank's Big Time a 71-69 win on Sunday over West Coast Sports, the No. 1 team in the league this year.   Big Time, a team which almost didn't qualify for the playoffs--they had to await the outcome of last Friday night's games-- but which won two games last weekend to advance, will face a CTS team that has the always dangerous Brandon Heath who will be eligible at San Diego State this season and who can shoot from just about anywhere, as well as his former Westchester teammate and incoming UCLA frosh Trevor Ariza and Bruin veteran Dijon Thompson.  The team also features Dijon's former Redondo Union teammate Andrew Zahn, who was at Arizona for two seasons but who transferred to Biola last year, and also features Zahn's former Arizona Wildcat teammate, current Arizona big man Isaiah Fox (from Crossroads), as well as the versatile Derek Andrew.  Here are the rosters for the second semifinal this Friday night at 8:00 p.m. at West Los Angeles College.

Semifinals #2:  8:00 p.m. Hank's Big Time vs. California Team Select

Hank's Big Time
(National #6, Record: 5-5)
  California Team Select
(American #2, Record: 7-2)
# Player School # Player School
1   Nassai Daniels St. Olaf's 1   Brandon Heath   San Diego State
2   Brian Morrison UCLA 2   Dijon Thompson UCLA
3   David Gale Loyola-Chicago 3   Brett Cox Weber State
4   Richard Cobbs Riverside CC 4   Trevor Ariza UCLA
5   Joel Jones Sacramento State 5   Derek Andrew  
6   Fred Washington Stanford 6   Wes Wardrop Loyola-Marymount
7   Tyler Newton Univ. of the Pacific 7   Andrew Zahn Biola University
8   Terrance Johnson Pepperdine 9   Jamaal O'Quinn Boise State (formerly)
9   Corey Belser Univ. of San Diego 10   Marcus Moore Washington State
10 Brice Prather Azusa Pacific 13   Joe Buck  
12 Mike Fey UCLA 13   Isaiah Fox Arizona

West LA College is very easy to get to from just about anywhere.  It's located just east of the 405 Fwy exit at Jefferson (head east), or if you prefer surface streets and are coming from the east and want to avoid the 405 traffic, just get off the 10 Fwy at Overland, and head south.  You can click this link for a map and directions if you're really lost. 

Again, the league Championship game will be held on Saturday at Los Angeles Southwest College (not at West LA College) at 5:00 p.m., and will be part of the larger Nike "Championship Saturday" which will not only feature the Say No men's league championship game, but also the "Swoosh League" championship, the women's Say No championship, and the Pro League "Real Run" championship as well.   Don't miss it, because with the end of the NCAA certified viewing period on July 31, and the CIF "dead period" the Say No League will, quite literally,  be the only game in town on Saturday.  Championship Saturday runs from

See you there. 

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