Monday, November 7, 2011
UNC, Duke alumni to play for bragging rights
By Robbi Pickeral
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Duke or Carolina – who are the true Kings of Tobacco Road? Bragging rights will be on the line (and court) later this month.
Former Duke stars Kyrie Irving, Nolan Smith, Corey Maggette, Chris Duhon, and Elton Brand -- as well as former UNC standouts Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace, Antawn Jamison, Vince Carter, and Raymond Felton – have agreed to play in the “Kings of Tobacco Road” game November 17, at 8:30 p.m. at N.C. Central University.
Matthew Moyer, head of basketball operations for Lexington, Ky.-based Bleid Sports, confirmed this afternoon that the event will take place. His firm, which puts on high school men’s and women’s basketball showcases, has partnered with Jerry Stackhouse’s summer NC Pro Am event.
All proceeds will go to a yet-to-be determined charity. Ticket prices also have not yet been determined.
Rosters are liquid; and of course, more NBA talent than usual may be available to play in the game, if the NBA lockout has not been settled by then.
Last month, Duke's Smith and former UNC All-America Tyler Hansbrough were on the "Villians" roster in the Kentucky Villians vs. Big Blue All-Stars event. That game was put on by a different company, but with a similiar goal of entertaining fans while raising money for charity.