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It's North Versus South
Five Future 'Cats To Participate In Upcoming Derby Classic
By Rick Bolus
[f you are a BIG BLUE fan, you'll want to mark down April 18. 1987 on your calendar. That is when you'll be able to witness five out of six Wildcat basketball recruits at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky.. at 8:00 p.m. for the McDonald's Derby Festival Classic. This North-South game format features 20 of America's premier high school cagers. Of the six recruits of coach Eddie Sutton, only Eric Manuel of Macon, Ga., will not play as he has opted for the McDonald's East-West game and the Dapper Dan Classic.
The Kentucky signees include the future twin towers, 6-foot-10 LeRon Ellis (Santa Ana, Calif.) and 7-0 Johnny Pittman (Rosenberg, Texas), 6-2 maestro Sean Sutton (Lexington, Ky.), 6-7 forward Deron Feldhaus (Maysville. Ky.) and 6-8 Jonathan Davis (Pensacola, Fla.). Ellis is without question, the best center in America today and quickly reminds one so much of former UK great Sam Bowie.
Fifteen of the game's players are found in Dave Bones' Cage Scope Top 100 seniors. Al Prewitt, coach of Henry Clay in Lexington, Ky.. will coach the South team while Nate Harris of Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington High will direct the North squad.
The McDonald's Derby Festival Classic is an official Kentucky Derby Festival event and all proceeds will go to the Louisville Ronald McDonald House and Kosair Charities. You can contact the Kentucky Derby Festival's office for ticket information. Their address is 137 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., in Louisville, Ky.
Now, let's look at the rosters.
Mason County's Feldhaus To Suit Up For South.
Head coach: Nate Harris, Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington Assistant: Bill Kercher, Louisville Eastern Assistant: Ralph Johnson, Louisville Central
Player Pos Ht Hometown College
John Pelphrey F 6-7 Paintsville, Ky. Undecided
Barry Young F 6-7 Ellicott City, Md. Undecided
Richard Dumas F 6-7 Tulsa, Okla. Oklahoma St.
Mike Masucci C 7-0 Granview, Mo. Kansas
Thomas Jordan C 6-8 Baltimore, Md. Oklahoma St.
LaBradford Smith G 6-5 Bay City, Texas Louisville
Jerome Harmon G 6-5 Gary, Ind. Undecided
Mike Cottrell G 6-1 Cullowhee, N.C. Undecided
Kyle McKenzie G 6-2 Cincinnati, Ohio LSU
Head coach: Al Prewitt, Lexington Henry Clay Assistant: Dale Mabrey, Louisville Pleasure Ridge Park Assistant: Bill Fryman, Pensacola (Fla.) Pine Forest
Player Pos Ht
Deron Feldhaus F 6-7
Jonathan Davis F 6-8
Livingston Chatman F 6-7
Rick Fox F 6-7
LeRon Ellis C 6-10
Johnny Pittman C 7-0
LaMonte Ware G 6-2
Desmond Porter G 6-3
Sean Sutton G 6-2
Tim Singleton G 6-1
Maysville, Ky. Pensacola, Fla Lakeland, Fla. Warsaw, Ind. Santa Ana, Calif. Rosenberg, Texas Hopkinsville, Ky. Louisville, "Ky. Lexington, Ky. New Orleans, La.
Kentucky Kentucky Florida North Carolina
Kentucky Kentucky Undecided Cleveland St. Kentucky Notre Dame
.So Will 7-Footer Johnny Pittman
Note: Players were selected by Dave Bones of Cage Scope and Rick Bolus of High Potential Basketball Recruiting Service. One more player will be added to the North Squad.