2007-08 CRC News >> Press Release

Premiere High School Players Expected at Inaugural Basketball Tournament
Urologic Research Institute, WJU Sponsoring Event That Will Also Raise Men's Health Awareness

Cancer Research Classic

WHEELING, W.Va., Nov. 6, 2007 -- Interest continues to grow in the Cancer Research Classic, set for Dec. 15 at Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU), which is being co-sponsored by the Urologic Research Institute (URI) at Wheeling Hospital and the university.

"We will have at least 50 future D1 players and six or seven of the top high school players in the country, including Tyreke Evans, the number 1 rated player" said Dr. Gregory Merrick, tournament director and director of the URI. "At least four or five of them are possible future NBA players. Information on the tournament has been sent to college conferences and we expect a few coaches will attend."

But Merrick is also excited about the opportunity the tournament will provide to promote men's health awareness, including such issues as prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction, benign prostatic hyperplasia, testicular cancer and overall wellness.

"Sports in general, but specifically basketball, are being increasingly used to raise awareness and funds for men's medical issues," Merrick said. "Pharmaceutical and medical supply industries are supporting the event, and medical informational booths will be in place in the concourse of the Alma Grace McDonough Center on the WJU campus."

Dan Sancomb, men's head basketball coach at WJU, also is looking forward to hosting the event. "This is going to become one of the premier events across the country for high school basketball," he said. "It is for a great cause and we are honored to be part of the classic."

Slated match ups at the inaugural Cancer Research Classic are:

  • Noon - Wheeling Park vs. East Liverpool
  • 2 p.m. - St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) vs. Simon Gratz (Philadelphia)
  • 4 p.m. - Wheeling Central Catholic vs. St. Joseph's Preparatory (Philadelphia)
  • 6 p.m. - Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia) vs. Archbishop Carroll (Hyattsville, MD)
  • 8 p.m. - The Patterson School (Lenoir, NC) vs. American Christian School (Philadelphia)