LOUISVILLE — University of Kentucky signees Daniel Orton, Jon Hood and G.J. Vilarino have committed to play in the Wazoo Sports Derby Festival Classic April 11 in Freedom Hall.
Four Louisville recruits, led by McDonald's All-American Peyton Siva, also are on what will be a 24-player roster for the Classic. There's been no decision yet on what players will play for which team.
Ten of the players on the roster are ranked among the Top 50 nationally by recruiting service Rivals.com.
The players will also participate in the Wazoo Sports Night of Future Stars on Friday, April 10, at Bellarmine University's Knights Hall.
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Indiana recruit Christian Watford, a 6-foot-8 forward ranked No. 34 by Rivals, is one of three future Hoosiers committed to play.
Orton, a 6-10, 260-pound center, is ranked No. 22 by Rivals.com. Hood, a 6-6 guard rated No. 32 by Rivals, averaged 28.5 points and 12.5 rebounds for Madisonville North Hopkins. Vilarino is a 6-1 point guard from McKinney, Texas.
U of L's Siva is ranked No. 49 by Rivals. Fellow U of L recruit Rakeem Buckles, ranked No. 40 by Rivals, is also expected to play.
Wazoo Sports is the new title sponsor of the Classic.
"One of my most memorable games as a basketball player was during the 1993 Derby Festival Basketball Classic," said former Wildcat Jeff Sheppard, Director of Sales for Wazoo Sports. "Wazoo Sports will provide the ultimate level of exposure for the fans, athletes and sponsors with the online coverage of the game."
Admission to the Wazoo Sports Night of Future Stars is free with a ticket to the Basketball Classic.