Final Four: NABC All-Star Game

By David Scott - March 30, 2007

And just like that we've gone from Lobby Madness to NABC Madness, as we've arrived at the Philips Arena for tonight's NABC All Star game between the American side and the National side.

Already we've been given bad information as the coaches for this game are not John Brady and Chris Caputo, but Brady and Caputo's boss at Mason, Jim Laraanaga. Caputo just stopped by the Hang Time perch and had nothing but praise for his side's squad which is made up of Bobby Brown (Cal State Fullerton), Zabian Dowdell (Va. Tech), Adam Haluska (Iowa), Rashad Jones-Jennings (Arkansas-Little Rock), Coby Karl (Boise State, sone of George Karl), Cartier Martin (Kansas State), Torrell Martin (Winthrop), Ivan Radenovic (Arizona), Blake Schib (Loyola-Chicago) and Courtney Sims (Michigan).

For Brady's American team: Aaron Brooks (Oregon), Sean Denison (Santa Clara), Justim Doellman (Xavier), Caleb Green (Oral Roberts), Jarrius Jackson (Texas Tech), Trey Johnson (Jackson State), Calr Landry (Purdue), Dan Nwaelele (Air Force), DJ Strawberry (Maryland), Jamaal Tatum (Southern Illinois) and Kyle Visser (Wake Forest).

. . . Last year at this time both coaches and their staffs were preparing for the Final Four.

What a difference a year makes as the arena is probably housing fewer than a thousand fans.

. . . Among the crowd is Celtics GM Danny Ainge (not sitting next to any players relatives as far as we can tell) and Danny Ferry. We also spotted Skip Prosser of Wake Forest, here to watch his player, Visser.

Posted by David Scott at 07:38 PM on March 30, 2007

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