The Palmetto State's top seniors will have a final opportunity to play competitive high school basketball Saturday in West Columbia.
The North-South All-Star Classic returns after a one-year hiatus due to Covid-19. For the first time, the tournament will take place at the new Brookland-Cayce High School gymnasium.
Both the 1 p.m. (girls) and 4 p.m. (boys) games will feature winners of state titles and the SC Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year Awards.
Fresh off winning the Class 2A title, Saluda head coach Jeanette Wilder will lead the North squad with Class 2A Player of the Year Kalisha Hill, Class 5A Co-Players of the Year Aleysia Welch of state champion Clover and Laila Acox of Ridge View and Malaziah Etheridge of Westwood against a South team whose roster includes University of South Carolina track commit Jayla Jamison of Airport.
The boys' game also promises to be a star-studded area. Players of the Year Jalen Breazeale (Dorman), Robert McCray (AC Flora) and John Butler (Class 2A champion Christ Church) will team up with local talent Chris McDuffie and Timothy Barnes (both of Gray Collegiate), Daveon Thomas and Tyler Rice (both of Ridge View), Darian Bookman (Mid-Carolina) and Devario Sheppard (Dreher) on the North team. Newberry's Chad Carey will serve as the head coach.
They face a South squad coached by Dutch Fork's Bret Jones and includes Myles Jenkins and Malachi Reeves of Class 5A champion River Bluff. It was just three weeks ago when the duo defeated Jones in the Class 5A Lower State final and went on to upset the four-time defending state champion Cavaliers in the final.
Zavier Measmer of Lexington, DreVon Scott of Class 3A state champion Marlboro County are also on the South roster.
Fans will be allowed to attend the games with each player receiving six tickets.
North-South All-Star game rosters:
Girls - NORTHKalisha Hill (Saluda), Ka’Asia Anderson (Chapman), Sincere Hicks (Daniel), Mallory Bruce (Travelers Rest), Tabby Littlefield (Greer), Laila Acox (Ridge View), Aleysha Wade (Clover), Janiyah Hagood (J.L. Mann), Najah Gilliam (Byrnes), A’Maurya Tate-Smith (Gaffney), Brooke Bailey (Woodruff), Janelle Carter (Clover) and Malaziah Etheridge (Westwood)
Head Coach: Jeanette Wilder (Saluda); Assistants: Susan Wade (Gaffney) and Missy Fowler (Byrnes)
Laykin Cox (Sumter), Jen’Lea Nichols (Mullins), Vanessa Blake (Ashley Ridge), Jaiha Williams (Bishop England), Zhani Thomson (Whale Branch), Kayla Washington (Wilson), Lexi Shepard (Summerville), Cambria Parker (Scott’s Branch), Tonaja Lester (Marion), Shania Davis (Crestwood), Mackenzie Cochrane (St. James), Davona Hatchell (North Myrtle Beach), Kaylyn Glover (Silver Bluff) and Jayla Jamison (Airport)
Head Coach: Chakaris Thomas (Hemingway); Assistants: Ira Owens (Cane Bay) and Emily Beyoglides (James Island)
Boys - NORTH
Ian Thomspon (Southside Christian), Josh Owens (Wren), Janyle Pittman (Lancaster), Omazeion Tinsley (Lancaster), Robert McCray (A.C. Flora), Jalen Breazeale (Dorman), Darian Bookman (Mid-Carolina), Alexei Iturbe (Riverside), Daveon Thomas and Tyler Rice (both of Ridge View), Timothy Barnes and Chase McDuffie (both of Gray Collegiate), John Butler Jr. (Christ Church) and Devario Sheppard (Dreher)
Head Coach: Chad Cary (Newberry); Assistant Coaches: Josh Mills (Travelers Rest) and Jared Adamson (Nation Ford)
James Lovorn (T.L. Hanna), Russell Felton Jr. (Aiken), Cesare Edwards (Hartsville), Myles Jenkins and Malachi Reeves (both of River Bluff), Bailey Wiseman (James Island), DreVeon Scott (Marlboro County), Marshall Myers (Cheraw), Aydan Hickman (Myrtle Beach), Quez Lewis (Johnsonville), Colin Rodrigues (North Augusta), Yaturi Bolton (Goose Creek), Daniel Brooks (Bishop England), Corbin Pack (Carolina Forest), Shawn Jones (Allendale-Fairfax) and Zavier Measmer (Lexington)
Head coach: Bret Jones (Dutch Fork); Assistants: Yusuf English (Hartsville) and Stan Wilkinson (James Island)