Capital City Rumble basketball games set for next Saturday

By Linda Younkin Published:

Dwight Blair knows all about basketball and Kentucky.

That’s what makes next Saturday’s Capital City Rumble such an attractive event.

Capital City Rumble will feature six varsity high school basketball games at the Frankfort Convention Center.

The event is being brought to town by db Hoops. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

Blair, the director of db Hoops, is from Ashland and at one time coached the East Carter High School girls basketball team. He lives in Canton, Ohio.

“We run one-day high school events,” Blair said. “Being from Kentucky, I know the state is a hotbed for basketball, and the Convention Center is an extremely nice facility.

“We have a very nice facility, and we’re bringing in good talent.”

The event will feature five boys games and one girls game. In-state schools competing are Dunbar, Johnson Central, Woodford County, Trinity and Henry Clay boys, and East Carter and Scott County girls.

The first game is Medina (Ohio) versus Dunbar at noon, followed by the East Carter and Scott County girls game at 1:45 p.m.

At 3:30 Johnson Central will take on New Philadelphia (Ohio).

Johnson Central features Mr. Basketball candidate Shane Hall, and New Philadelphia has two quality players in Marco Colombo and Ethan Boose.

The biggest name in the tournament is Hargrave Military Academy, which plays Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar at 5:15 p.m.

Hargrave’s coach, A.W. Hamilton, is from Scott County.

“They’re bringing in a whole roster of talent that’s very, very good,” Blair said of Hargrave.

The roster includes Donte Grantham, who’s committed to Clemson; Rashard Kelly, who’s committed to Wichita State; and Karl Overstreet, an Eastern Tennessee University signee.

Jarbari McGhee is being recruited by Western Kentucky University, Marshall, Memphis and Towson, and Trey Grundy is being recruited by Old Dominion and Appalachian State.

Justin Jordan, nephew of Michael Jordan, is another Hargrave player drawing DI attention. He’s being recruited by Wichita State, Rider and Bucknell.

Dunbar’s A.J. Harris, a 5-10 point guard, has committed to Ohio State University.

Woodford County takes on Brunswick (Ohio) at 7. Brunswick has one future DI player, Ryan Badowski, who’s signed with Longwood University.

The nightcap features Trinity and Henry Clay at 8:45.

“We know Kentucky plays North Carolina at 5 on TV,” Blair said, “but we’re hoping we have good crowds all day.”

Plans are already underway for next year’s Capital City Rumble.

“With the teams we’ve got, we have an even better lineup of Kentucky teams committed for next year,” Blair said. “We have some of the top teams in the state coming in next year.

“This is a beautiful facility, a great place to watch basketball, and it’s a great area right in the middle of everything. Hopefully the fans around Kentucky will come out and support it.”

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