Shagari Alleyne, Rice (New York)
At 7 feet 3, Alleyne is the tallest player to play in the Capital Classic since 7-6 Neil Fingleton played in 2000. Rail-thin but agile, Alleyne averaged 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks. Few players in the history of the Capital Classic have been taller. Among them: 7-6 Shawn Bradley (1990) and 7-4 Ralph Sampson (1979).
Ndudi Ebi, Westbury Christian (Houston)
Rated by most recruiting experts among the top five prep seniors this season, the versatile 6-9 forward is Arizona's most-prized recruit. He led Westbury to a Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Class 4A title and averaged 23.3 points, 11.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks.
Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Humphries's basketball skills once were overshadowed by his swimming talent. Minnesota's Mr. Basketball was an elite-level swimmer and still holds national 10-and-under age-group records in the 50-meter freestyle, 100 freestyle and 50 backstroke. As a senior at Hopkins High, the 6-9 forward averaged 25.5 points; he scored 16 points in the McDonald's All American game last month.
Ekene Ibekwe, Carson (Carson, Calif.)
One of five highly touted Maryland recruits but the only one to play in the Capital Classic National Game. Compared with Kevin Garnett for his lanky frame, gigantic wingspan, explosiveness and versatile game, his parents are from Nigeria but he grew up near Los Angeles. He learned the game with his brother, Onye, who played at Oklahoma State last season. Ekene Ibekwe averaged 18.1 points and 9.7 rebounds as a senior.
Linas Kleiza, Montrose Christian
The Lithuania native is the only Washington area player to participate in the National Game. Kleiza is one of two players in the game who has not selected a college but said he has narrowed his choices to Missouri and Florida State. As the All-Met Player of the Year for The Post's top-ranked team, Kleiza averaged 20.5 points and 12.2 rebounds.
Chris Paul, West Forsyth (Clemmons, N.C.)
Paul could have broken the North Carolina single-game scoring record in his team's season opener but stopped at 61 points in the fourth quarter. He scored one point for each year his grandfather, Nathaniel Jones, lived. Jones was murdered less than a week before Paul's senior season began and Paul intentionally missed a free throw late in the game to keep the tribute to his grandfather intact.