Former G'town Basketball Star Shoots It Straight

Former Georgetown University basketball star and Comcast SportsNet college basketball analyst Mark Tillmon’s Shooting Straight Program, Inc. presents the first MLK Hoopfest high school basketball showcase Monday, January 16th at Calvin Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C.

Former Georgetown standout Mark Tillman interviews current Georgetown men's basketball coach John Thompson, Jr.

The one-day high school basketball extravaganza features eight teams in a four game format showcasing athletes from Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia that will be broadcast on Comcast Sportsnet Mid Atlantic. This event is a platform designed to give high school basketball student athletes exposure for recruiters from major colleges and universities while providing them the tools to obtain life skills and lessons that address their educational, health and social needs.

The matchups feature Sidwell Friends (DC) versus T.C. Williams (Alexandria, Virginia) in a contest with Sidwell's top prospect, Josh Hart. Defending Maryland 4A champion North Point will meet two time Virginia champion I.C. Norcum from Portsmouth. Fans will see two of the Class of 2013’s top prospects when Baltimore’s Patterson High - led by guard Aquille Carr, faces Gonzaga (DC) and North Carolina bound Nate Britt. Also among the top prospect in the class of 2013 - Troy Williams - who leads Phoebus (Va.) into a contest with DCIAA runner up and host Coolidge.

In addition to the basketball game, the Shooting Straight Program, Inc. has developed several events that will expand on basketball and life skills for the athletes. A special youth clinic will allow players in attendance evaluations from a coach, as well as advice on proper dieting on game day. The athletes will also participate in mock press conferences as they learn public speaking and tips on dealing with the media. During the MLK Sports Panel discussion, the athletes will discuss conflict management, NCAA eligibility requirements, and life after sports.

Mark Tillmon is a D.C. native and founder of the Shooting Straight Program.

Tillmon excelled in academics and athletics while attending Gonzaga High School in D.C. He earned a scholarship to Georgetown University earning four letters under the tutelage of legendary coach John Thompson, Jr. The Georgetown Hoyas have won their last 10 games in a row.

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