The Louisville Cardinals had 4 signees participate in the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic basketball game held at Freedom Hall on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 4,812. This was many fans first and last chance to see them before they put on a Cardinal uniform. You can’t judge what type of player they will be in college by their performance in this game. You can, however, judge their personality and character.
Darius Perry was not even originally scheduled to be a participant in the KDF Dunk Contest but when Lance Thomas decided not to do it, Darius stepped up and made it to the finals. He didn’t win but his attempts are worth watching especially since he had help with future teammate (I hope), Donovan Mitchell. Darius played a nice game and scored 22 points in front of a crowd of 4,812 in Freedom Hall. Here are some pictures and videos of Darius. Full photo gallery from the game will be posted soon so please check back with us for photos of all 4 future Cards. Read the rest of this entry
FOX SPORTS AND WDRB TO TELEVISE
DERBY FESTIVAL ALL-STAR GAME
FINAL ROSTERS INCLUDE UK, UofL and IU RECRUITS
Press release from KDF,
April 6, 2017. Louisville, KY. – Basketball fans around the world will be able to tune-in to see next year’s freshman class of basketball all-stars when FS2 and WDRB televise the Derby Festival Basketball Classic Presented by Papa John’s on Saturday, April 15 at Freedom Hall. This year’s roster features top rated recruits from the nation’s top college basketball programs, including University of Louisville signees Malik Williams, Darius Perry, Lance Thomas and Jordan Nwora; UK signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander; and IU signee Justin Smith. WDRB and FS2 will present the game, and it will also be streamed live on FOX Sports GO.
“This game generates an incredible amount of interest year after year because of the opportunity it provides to see the future stars of our local universities in action for the first time,” Said WDRB President and General Manager Bill Lamb. “The addition of the FOX Sports telecast, will allow even more fans to tune-in to see their future basketball stars.”
”We’re excited to showcase some of the nation’s top future basketball stars to a national audience on FS2 and FOX Sports GO,” said Josh Oakley, FOX Sports Executive Director, Acquisitions and League Operations. “The Derby Festival Basketball Classic is a great chance for viewers to get the first look at some of the players who are sure to be making headlines in the next years to come.”
The Basketball Classic game tips off at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, at Freedom Hall. First held in 1973, the Derby Festival Basketball Classic is the oldest high school all-star game in the nation. The event is not unlike the NBA All-Star weekend, with spotlights and lively music.
Said Derby Festival President and CEO Mike Berry: “Having a national telecast of the game will allow more fans than ever to get a sneak peek at players who will become household names within the next couple of years. We’re very excited about being able to showcase these stars-in-the-making.”
The Derby Festival Basketball Classic has showcased some of the nation’s finest high school talent before the players move onto to stardom at the collegiate and professional levels. Players such as Jamal Mashburn, Moses Malone, Rex Chapman, Pervis Ellison, Isiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins, Darrell Griffith, Derek Anderson, Anfernee Hardaway and Michael Beasley, among many others.
Tickets are $18 in advance ($20 at the door) and can be purchased online at http://www.ticketmaster.com and by phone through TicketMaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets for the game and 2017 Pegasus Pins will allow for free admission to the Horseshoe Foundation Derby Festival Night of the Future Stars, which will be held on Friday, April 14, at Indiana University Southeast.
FOX Sports GO is available on FOXSportsGO.com or on the FOX Sports GO app, which can be downloaded from iTunes, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store. Streaming is also now available on several connected devices, including Apple TV, Android TV, FireTV, Roku, Chromecast and Xbox One.
The Basketball Classic is presented by Papa John’s, with Contributing Sponsor Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County. Media Sponsors are 99.7 DJX, B96.5 FM, and SLAM Magazine. Supporting Sponsor: Dick’s Sporting Goods.
The Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic announced the 2017 roster. Among this years participants are all 4 Louisville signees, Malik Williams, Darius Perry, Jordan Nwora and Lance Thomas. The roster will also include 3 Indiana signees as well as 1 UK signee. The Classic will be held at Freedom Hall on Saturday, April 15th at 7pm. Tickets go on sale tomorrow Friday, February 17 and will cost $18 (in advance, $20 at door) for lower arena and $50 for VIP courtside seating. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.ticketmaster.com and by phone through TicketMaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets for the game and 2017 Pegasus Pins will allow for free admission to the Horseshoe Foundation Derby Festival Night of the Future Stars (3-point shooting and dunk contests), which will be held on Friday, April 14, at Indiana University Southeast.
The last time 4 future Cards played in the Classic was in 2015 when Deng Adel, Donovan Mitchell, Ray Spalding and Ryan McMahon played.
The future Louisville Cardinals played on the White team on Saturday night in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic at Freedom Hall. The team did not get the win, but the future Cards certainly did their part. Donovan Mitchell led all scorers with 21 points and had 6 steals. Deng Adel also had a very good game with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Check out the rest of the box score below.
CardinalSportsZone Podcast 4/6/15: State of Wisconsin Appreciation Day & Mike Gandolfo from the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic
If you didn’t or couldn’t listen to the CardinalSportsZone podcast live today, it’s available here! We show appreciation for the STATE of Wisconsin, nothing else. We also talk to the guy who puts together the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic, Mike Gandolfo as he gives us the details on this weekends festivities. We talk about the Baseball Cards and the football scrimmage from Saturday. We have a podcast tab where all episodes will be kept. You can also favorite CardinalSportsZonein your browser. The CardinalSportsZone podcast is available on iTunes! Click on the badge below to subscribe today! Call in to the show on Monday’s and Friday’s at our regular time of noon at (914) 338-0180.
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There have been just a couple of updates since the rosters came out, and with the game being this week, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to post it again.
The Derby Festival Basketball Classic will be held this Saturday, April 11 at 7:00 at Freedom Hall. You have the chance to come out and see some of the best high school basketball players in the country compete in this All-Star game. So you are just a Louisville fan and that is all you care about, what’s in it for you? Well, all four players that are committed to Louisville (3 have signed) will be playing in this game. So yes, you get to see Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel, Raymond Spalding, and Ryan McMahon.
The rosters for this year’s Derby Festival Basketball Classic have been announced, and fans of the Louisville Cardinals should be ready to buy their tickets. Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel, Raymond Spalding, and Ryan McMahon will all be participating in this year’s game.
Mitchell, Adel, and Spalding are all signed and McMahon is a commit. If you kept up with our recruiting notebooks a few months ago, a lot of these names will look familiar as Louisville was recruiting some of them.
The game will be played Saturday April 11, 2015 at 7:00 at the world famous Freedom Hall.
This is my second day off of only two days in the past 4 months. I’m trying to recover from what the hell I just experienced. I took a leap over Christmas ‘break’ when I saw an ad for the Derby Festival looking for an intern for the 2014 season and completed my junior year with the credit hours to be a student and a half. Umm yeah. We all think we’re pretty busy, right? No, no, no. A moment of silence for my finals, please.
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Future Louisville Cardinal Jaylen Johnson was in the finals of the dunk contest Friday night at Freedom Hall during the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic. He finished 2nd with 74 points, as Isaac Copeland scored 79. Copeland will play his college ball at Georgetown.
Here are the videos of Johnson’s dunks. He put on a Louisville shirt to get the crowd into it. And he brought out his mom for some help with the second dunk.
Halftime of the Derby Festival Basketball Classic is always an entertaining one. It is when they have the finals of the dunk contest and 3-point contest. At the Night of the Future Stars on the night before, they have the early rounds of those contests and then that sets up the finals for Friday night.
Tonight’s competitions both include future Louisville Cardinals. In the dunk contest, Jaylen Johnson will face off against Isaac Copeland (Georgetown) and Devin Robinson (Florida).
Here is a video of Johnson’s first dunk from Thursday night with a little help from his future teammates. Video courtesy of Jody Demling from Scout.com.
From the KDF Press Office:
April 14, 2014. Louisville, KY. – Tickets are still available for the 41st annual Derby Festival Basketball Classic presented by Papa John’s this Friday, April 18. The roster includes one McDonald’s All-Americans, 2 Parade All-Americans, as well as University of Louisville signees Chinanu Onuaku, Quentin Snider and Jaylen Johnson and Indiana recruits Robert Johnson and Max Hoetzel. The game features 10 players ranked in the Top 30 nationally by recruiting services Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com. Nearly all of the players scheduled to participate are ranked among the Top 50 nationally. The players will also participate in the Horseshoe Foundation Night of the Future Stars on Thursday, April 17, at Floyd Central High School.
Admission to the Horseshoe Foundation Night of the Future Stars is free with a ticket to the Basketball Classic. Some of the event’s most exciting moments have occurred during the Slam Dunk, 2-on-2 and 3-Point Shooting competitions. There will also be a one-hour autograph-signing session following the event, with a two-item limit for signing.
From KDF press office:
Dec. 30, 2013. Louisville, KY. – Tickets for the 41st annual Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic presented by Papa John’s go on sale TODAY! See future Cats, Cards and Hoosiers at the game set for Friday, April 18, at Freedom Hall.
Tickets, which cost $13 and $18 (includes facility fee), are available at all TicketMaster locations, online at TicketMaster.com, or by phone at (800) 745-3000 or the Freedom Hall Box Office at (502) 367-5144. NEW this year, a limited number of court side VIP tickets are available for $50. Tickets for the game also allow free admission to the Horseshoe Foundation Derby Festival Night of the Future Stars, which will be held on Thursday, April 17, at Floyd Central High School.
The Basketball Classic is presented by Papa John’s, with Contributing Sponsors Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County, Under Armour, 99.7 DJX and B96.5 FM. Supporting Partner: The Rock. Media Partner: SLAM Magazine.
First held in 1973, the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic has featured such players as Jamal Mashburn, Moses Malone, Rex Chapman, Pervis Ellison, Isiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins, Darrell Griffith, Derek Anderson, Anfernee Hardaway and Michael Beasley, among many others.
Since 1956, the Derby Festival has worked to bring the community together in celebration. The Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single-attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.