While March Madness rages on Delaware teams announced for ‘Slam Dunk to the Beach’ tournament

 (Photo by Emily Varisco)

(Photo by Emily Varisco)

Delaware high school basketball teams prepare to compete with the nation’s best players.

For the second year, six of Delaware’s top high school basketball teams will face off this December in Lewes at Cape Henlopen High School. The chosen teams include: Cape Henlopen High, Sanford School, Dover High, Mount Pleasant High, St. Elizabeth High and, for the first time, Appoquinimink High School.

“We were very excited with the success of this past year’s event and we are looking to build on that momentum. We also look forward to announcing the national teams in June.  There has been incredible interest from outstanding programs around the country,” said Dr. Matthew Robinson, Slam Dunk to the Beach Chairman, Thursday night during the Blue-Gold All Star High School Basketball Banquet.

For local businesses, the success of the 2014 tournament can be measured in dollars. With over 10,000 visitors from around the country descending on the beach town in the off-season, the estimated million dollars spent by attendees was a nice holiday gift for the area.

The Slam Dunk to the Beach tournament itself can ride on the success of the players, many of whom are household names like LeBron James (2001), Kevin Durant (2003), Dwight Howard (2003) and Carmelo Anthony (2000), all now NBA superstars. Two players from 2014, Isaiah Briscoe and Cheick Diallo, have been selected to play in the 38th Annual McDonald’s All-America game on April 1; which is known as a competition of the very best in high school basketball talent.

For more information, visit slamdunktothebeach.com or follow the tournament on Facebook at Slam Dunk to the Beach or via twitter under the handle @SlamDunkToBeach.

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