DOVER, Delaware -- March 13, 2014 -- Some of the state's powerhouse boys basketball teams will be tipping off against the nation's premier talent this December as the rejuvenated Slam Dunk to the Beach tournament makes its long-awaited return to Delaware.
Slam Dunk Chairman Matt Robinson unveiled the four Delaware participants Thursday night at the Blue-Gold All Star High School Basketball Banquet at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino. The teams are:
Salesianum School (Wilmington)
2013-2014 state champions
Finished season ranked #1 in state
Final record of 23-2
Guard Donte DiVencenzo has already committed to Villanova
Coach: Brendan Haley
Sanford School (Hockessin)
Finished season ranked #2 in state
Final record of 17-7
Current Syracuse-standout Trevor Cooney graduated from Sanford in 2011
Coach: Stan Waterman
St. Georges Technical High School (Middletown)
Runner-up to Salesiaunum in 2013-2014 state championship
Finished season ranked #3 in state
Final record of 21-4
Coach: Rod Griffin
Cape Henlopen High School (Lewes)
2013-2014 State Championship semifinalist
Finished season ranked #11
Final record of 15-9
Coach: Stephen Re
"A strong lineup of Delaware teams has always been a crucial part of Slam Dunk's identity and a key to its local legitimacy," said Matt Robinson, the tournament's chairman. "Having these teams represent Delaware as they take on some of the best high school programs in the country is exciting."
Organizers are expected to announce the lineup of national teams participating in Slam Dunk this summer. The tournament schedule is due to be released in the fall, and Slam Dunk will take place Dec. 27-29 at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, Del.
For 13 years, Delaware's Slam Dunk hosted some of the nation's premier players, including current NBA stars LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard and more. Under the leadership of the Delaware Sports Commission, Slam Dunk is being relaunched in an effort to regain the national reputation and strong fan base it once brought to the state.
"It's been quite a year for basketball in Delaware, and this coming December should see the intensity level rise even more," Robinson said. Over the past year, Delaware has seen:
"Excitement over high school basketball in Delaware is at an all-time high, as witnessed by attendance during the recent DIAA basketball tournaments," Robinson said.
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