In a final high-school event for three graduating Virginia commits, Justin Anderson, Evan Nolte, and Mike Tobey all competed in Saturday's Capital Classic at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA. The event, which claims to be the longest-running high school All-Star game in the nation, has in the past featured names like Moses Malone, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Grant Hill, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard.
The game matched up Justin Anderson's Capital All-Stars with Nolte and Tobey's United States team. Among the incoming Wahoos, Justin Anderson led the way with a team-high 17 points. His athleticism was clearly well-suited for the "all-star game" format, as he threw down some vicious dunks. Nolte and Tobey played lesser roles, but each put up some points, including a sweet put-back by Mike.
The game featured some of the area's premier talent, much of it on its way to the ACC. Maryland fans saw 5 of their 6 incoming recruits play together on the US team, including Sam Cassel Jr, who affirmed his commitment just before the game. The day was pretty Terp-centric, both because of UMD coach Mark Turgeon's talented incoming class and the proximity to College Park. Maryland will eventually be a group to watch out for, especially in the 3-4 year window (barring the team folding, which is a recent pattern for the school's athletics programs).
Virginia Tech's Montrezl Harrell was arguably the day's most impressive performer. He put up a game-high 24 points and was named the US team's MVP.
What does it all mean? Basically nothing - it's an all-star game, after all. Intensity and defense were both checked at the door, not exactly an option for Tony Bennett squads. But your time hasn't (totally) been wasted! The video below shows some of Justin Anderson's highlights and includes an interview. Or, you could take a look at a couple other Capital Classic performances in this video...and if you have 13 minutes to kill, check out this one.