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[DEC. 24, 2004]  PHOENIX -- The Harlem Globetrotters will add a new twist to their popular National Association of Basketball Coaches College All-Star Game series that is sure to ignite the passions of Midwest basketball enthusiasts.

Fans who attend the fifth annual All-Star Game, on April 1, 2005, at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, will not only see the world's most famous basketball team face the nation's top college seniors, but will also be treated to two other basketball games, featuring alumni from the University of Illinois and the University of Missouri, as well as high school powerhouses DeSmet Jesuit High School and Cardinal Ritter College Prep.

"The College All-Star Game has proven to be very popular over the past six years, and the Globetrotters are excited at the addition of two other compelling basketball games to the schedule," said Mannie Jackson, owner and chairman of the Globetrotters. "The tripleheader at the Savvis Center will not only treat fans to great basketball, but help bring back some great memories as well."

Created in 2000, the NABC College All-Star Game features the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters against the nation's top college seniors in a competitive basketball game during Final Four weekend at the host city of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Chosen by the NABC, the College All-Star Team has included several future NBA first-round draft picks battling the Hall of Fame basketball team in a serious game of hoops.

The series has proven popular with fans, playing to near-capacity crowds each year.

The 2005 NABC College All-Star Game is set for Friday, April 1, at the Savvis Center in St. Louis. This year's All-Star squad will be coached by Jim Calhoun of the University of Connecticut.

For ticket information, visit the Globetrotters' official website at

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Prior to the Globetrotters taking on the College All-Stars, the AlumniAthlete Network will present a doubleheader sure to stir memories and rekindle old rivalries. Alumni from the University of Missouri will take on former players from the University of Illinois, providing an exciting new spin on the annual Braggin' Rights game between the two schools. Former Illinois coach Lou Henson will lead the Fighting Illini alumni, while former Tigers coach Norm Stewart will lead the Missouri alums.

The alumni of two St. Louis-area high school powerhouses will start the tripleheader as DeSmet faces Cardinal Ritter.

Confirmed participants include Derrick Chievous, Missouri '88; Steve Bardo, Illinois '90; Steve Stipanovich, DeSmet '79, Missouri '83; and other local legends.

The 2005 College All-Star Game in St. Louis is presented by Nerf. Powerade will sponsor the halftime shows of all three contests.

Alumni Challenge Events are a property of the AlumniAthlete Network, the premier career and networking resource for current and former collegiate athletes. For more information on the network, visit

[News release provided by Brian Killgore,
public relations manager, Harlem Globetrotters]

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