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9th Annual Dream Classic Set For
Return To Pauley Pavilion --(Oct. 14, 2002)


What:   9th Annual Dream Classic
When:    January 4, 2002
Where:    UCLA Pauley Pavilion
Who:    Loyola vs. Mayfair
   Centennial vs. Carson
   Mater Dei vs. St. Vincent-St. Mary
   Lincoln vs. Vallejo

Dinos Trigonis sent us an e-mail over the weekend with the details of the upcoming Dream Classic, which makes its return to UCLA's Pauley Pavilion after a four-year absence at that venue (the past two years its been held at LMU), and this one sounds like it will be one of the best ever.  In fact, the organizers of this event have really done it again, pulling off a great matchup which is certain to have high school hoops fans in awe:  LeBron James' St. Vincent-St. Mary team will match up against Mater Dei which Street & Smith has rated as the No. 1 team in the U.S.    We're not certain about whether that's an accurate assessment of the Monarchs in comparison to all the other top high school teams in the country, but there's no doubt that it is certainly a very deep and very talented group of players in this year's Mater Dei lineup, and they will no doubt have their hands full with the consensus No. 1 high school player in the U.S..  We're looking forward to seeing this game, particularly since we haven't had a chance to really see LeBron since the summer of 2001 (he was injured all of last summer with a broken wrist and didn't play).   In any event, here's Dinos' e-mail.  Tickets will go on sale November 4 at the Pauley Pavilion Box Office (located at the south end of Pauley (just north of the football practice field), and at Ticketmaster locations.

9th annual Dream Classic Set For Saturday
January 4, 2003 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion

The 9th annual Dream Classic will be held on Saturday January 4, 2003 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion (capacity 12,000). This year's event features the #1 player in the nation 6'7" senior LeBron James and his nationally ranked St. Vincent-St. Mary Irish (Akron OH) taking on Street & Smith preseason basketball yearbook's #1 HS team in the nation Mater Dei Monarchs (Santa Ana CA) led by all-american seniors 6'3" Wesley Washington, 6'9" Harrison Schaen and 6'5" D.J. Strawberry (committed to Maryland). Lincoln (Brooklyn NY)(ranked 13th in the nation by Street & Smith) sparked by the #1 junior point guard in the nation 6'0" Sebastian Telfair will square off with Top 10 national junior 6'2" junior DeMarcus Nelson (committed to Duke) and Vallejo in the night cap.

This year's event schedule is as follows:

2:30pm Loyola (Los Angeles CA) vs. Mayfair (Lakewood CA)
4:45pm Centennial (Compton CA) vs. Carson (Carson CA)
6:30pm Mater Dei (Santa Ana CA) vs. St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron OH)
8:15pm Lincoln (Brooklyn NY) vs. Vallejo (Vallejo CA)

Other top players expected to participate include seniors 6'9" Ekene Ibekwe (Carson/committed to Maryland), 6'4" Omar Wilkes (Loyola/committed to Kansas), 6'6" Justin Hawkins (Mayfair/committed to Utah), 6'1" Brian McFadden (Mayfair), 6'0" Dru Joyce (St. Vincent-St. Mary/committed to Akron), 6'4" Josh-Flynn Brown (Loyola), 6'2" Davis Cantor (Loyola), 6'6" Chris Childress (Mayfair), 6'6" Chris Rucker (Loyola), juniors 6'4" Arron Aflalo (Compton Centennial), 6'6" Marcel Jones (Mater Dei), 6'1" Vincent Oliver (Loyola) and 6'9" Chris Henry (Mater Dei) and sophomores 6'5" Brian Harvey (Carson), 6'9" Jordan Wilkes (Loyola) and 6'0" Mike Gerrity (Mater Dei).

Past Dream Classic participants have included Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics), Baron Davis (New Orleans Hornets), Tyson Chandler (Chicago Bulls), Jason Collins (New Jersey Nets), Jarron Collins (Utah Jazz), Jason Hart (San Antonio Spurs), Corey Benjamin (Chicago Bulls), Jeff Trepagnier (Cleveland Cavaliers), Tayshaun Prince (Detroit Pistons), Casey Jacobsen (Phoenix Suns), Tito Maddox (Houston Rockets), Jamal Sampson (Milwaukee Bucks), Jason Kapono (UCLA), Luke Walton (Arizona), Ricky Anderson (Arizona), David Bluthenthal (USC), Tony Bland (San Diego State), Brandon Granville (USC), Travon Bryant (Missouri), Wesley Stokes (San Diego State), Dijon Thompson (UCLA), Joe Shipp (Cal), Cedric Bozeman (UCLA), Errick & Derrick Craven (USC), and Josh Childress (Stanford).

Admission (good for all 4 games) will be $25.00/$20.00 (floor reserved), $15.00 (lodge) and $10.00 (general admission). Tickets will be available at the Pauley Pavilion Ticket Office as well as Ticketmaster beginning on November 4th.

For more information on this event, please contact event director Dinos Trigonis at (562) 223-0190 or e-mail him at


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