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Wiggins headlines event at Walsh University

By Zac

Huntington (W.V.) Prep’s Andrew Wiggins is generally regarded as the best amateur basketball player in the world, and he’ll be playing two games in Northeast Ohio next weekend.

Wiggins is the main attraction, but dozens of big-time college basketball prospects and some of the best high school basketball teams in the region — and the nation — will be on display at Walsh University in North Canton on Jan. 26-27 in the second annual Dunk For Diabetes event.

Seven of the top 10 teams in the most recent Cleveland Plain Dealer Top 25 poll will play in the event, as will 13 of the 25 in total.

Tickets, good for all day, are $12 for adults and $10 for students. They’re $10 and $8 via presale at the event’s official website, Dunk4Diabetes.com.

Here is the event lineup:
Saturday: 1/26/13
11:00am Game 1: Cleveland Central Catholic vs. Cleveland John Hay
12:30pm Game 2: Richmond Heights vs. Gateway (PA)
2:30pm Game 3: Brunswick vs. Akron Firestone
4:30pm Game 4: Beachwood vs. Barberton
6:00pm Game 5: Cleveland VASJ vs. Martinsburg (WV)
7:30pm Game 6: Lakewood St. Edward vs. Bishop Kearney (NY)
9:00pm Game 7: Mentor vs. Huntington Prep (WV)

Sunday: 1/27/13
11:45am Game 1: LaBrae vs. Malvern
1:30pm Game 2: Garfield Heights vs. Gahanna Lincoln
3:15pm Game 3: Cleveland St. Ignatius vs. St. Clairsville
5:00pm Game 4: Huntington Prep (WV) vs. Cleveland Benedictine
6:45pm Game 5: Bishop Kearney (NY) vs. North Canton Hoover
8:30pm Game 6: Shaker Heights vs. Pickerington Central

Wiggins, who reclassified from the class of 2014 last fall, is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft but has yet to decide where he’ll play college ball next season. A native of Toronto, he’s Scout.com’s No. 1 prospect in the class of 2014.

Wiggins and Huntington Prep will actually play twice in Ohio before this event, on Jan. 18 in Dayton as part of the Flyin’ To The Hoop event and Jan. 25 in Cincinnati in the Play-by-Play Classic.

Also among the individual headliners at Dunk For Diabetes: Pickerington Central junior and Ohio State commit Ja’sean Tate, nationally-ranked Villa Angela-St. Joseph sophomore Carlton Bragg, Shaker Heights sophomore Esa Ahmad, Barberton sophomore guard Josh Williams and three of Wiggins’ Huntington Prep teammates who have already made their college decisions: Dominic Woodson (Baylor), Moses Kingsley (Arkansas) and Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Florida State).

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