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Billups to Play in NABC Reese's Division III All-Star Basketball Game

Date Released: 3/15/2011

Purchase men's basketball tri-captain Marvin Billups will play in the 2011 NABC Reese's Division III All-Star Game in Salem, VA Mar. 19 as part of the NCAA Division III Men's Championship. Details.

The game will be played in the Salem Civic Center in connection with the Division III Men's Championship. Highlights of the weekend include a championship team banquet, doing a community service project, participating in half-time activities at both semifinals and interacting with local Special Olympians. 

The NCAA and NABC joined together a year ago to hold the first senior all-star game for Division III, replacing a consolation game played in previous seasons.The Reese's brand has been a sponsor of the Division 1 Final Four and has expanded its sponsorship to Division II and Division III all-star games.

"This is a dream come true for me," said Billups.  "I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to represent Purchase College.  I'd like to thank my family, my coaching staff and my teammates for a great senior year.  It is very exciting to play another game as a member of the Panthers."

Billups won his second Skyline Conference Player of the Year award this year, lifting Purchase to consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament appearances and back-to-back league crowns. The Panthers lost to Cabrini in the second round of March Madness after defeating Hartwick in the opening -round game-a first for the program.  

"We are delighted to send Marvin to Salem," said head coach Jeff Charney.  "It is a big step for our program and a tremendous honor for Marvin."