Philadelphia University to Host Reebok Classic Breakout Camp for Top High School Hoopsters July 8-11

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NBA Stars Shaquille O’Neal, Isaiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins, Shawn Kemp and Gerald Green at Roundtable on Wednesday, July 9 at 3 p.m.

Philadelphia University will welcome more than 100 of the nation’s best high school basketball players to compete for the attention of top collegiate coaches and scouts at the 2014 Reebok Classic Breakout July 8-11 in the Gallagher Athletic Center.

This year, Reebok will host an exclusive media event, “Classic Rap” roundtable, with NBA stars Shaquille O’Neal, Shawn Kemp, Isaiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins and Gerald Green on Wednesday, July 9 at 3 p.m.

The Reebok Classic Breakout is an NCAA live period evaluation camp, meaning college coaches will be in the house to evaluate recruits for scholarship offers. Last year, more than 200 of the nation’s top DI coaches attended the camp, as well as scouting and recruiting services. This year’s roster includes top local prospect Derrick Jones of Archbishop Carroll H.S. and eight players ranked in the top 20 nationally, including Diamond Stone from Milwaukee.

The high school players will go head-to-head in competitive games during the camp, which Philadelphia University has hosted for seven years. Top players during the camp will compete in the All-Star game at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 11.

“The partnership between Reebok and Philadelphia University to bring this event to campus presents an outstanding opportunity to showcase high school basketball,” said Tom Shirley, PhilaU athletic director and women’s basketball coach. “The Gallagher Center is a terrific venue to host this annual event at which the nation’s top high school players and collegiate coaches visit our campus. We especially appreciate the work of PhilaU alumnus Brian Lee ’94, Reebok’s director of international marketing and 2014 PhilaU Athletic Hall of Fame inductee for lifetime achievement, for facilitating this opportunity to showcase the nation’s top players and the University.”

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(Left to right in white shirts) NBA stars Jason Terry, Jameer Nelson and John Wall teach a younger generation of basketball players the ins and outs of the game at Reebok’s 2012 Breakout Challenge, held at Philadelphia University.

The Reebok Classic Breakout is open to the media starting 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9. Click here to register for media credentials. Coaches and the public can attend the camp during game hours, starting 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9, through Friday, July 11.

Public admission is $10 per day. The Gallagher Athletic, Recreation and Convocation Center at Philadelphia University is located on Philadelphia University Drive, off Henry Avenue in the East Falls section of Philadelphia. For more information, click here.

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