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Hoover’s Dylan Smith Added To Alabama All-Star Roster

     Alabama and Mississippi High School All-Star Teams reported for the 25th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Games Wednesday afternoon as preparations began for Friday night’s 25th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Classic at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome.
     All players reported but Alabama had one late change with 6-foot-6 guard Dylan Smith replacing Clay-Chalkville’s Hasan Abdullah. Abdullah, who also reported Wednesday, will miss the game due to a leg injury.
      Smith averaged 15.1 points for 2015 Class 7A state champion Hoover. He has committed to Texas Pan American. His prep coach Charles Burkett is coaching the Alabama boys’ team along with Obadiah Threadgill IV, who directed LaFayette to the 2A state championship.
         The Alabama-Mississippi girls’ all-star game will tip off at 5 p.m., Friday, followed by the boys at 7.  The games will be broadcast live over the AHSAA Radio Network and will be video live-streamed by the NFHS Network.  Tickets will be available at the Acadome.
   Mississippi’s boys’ and girls’ squads practiced at Huntingdon College Wednesday afternoon and Alabama’s teams practiced at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex.
     All four squads will conduct two drills each Thursday with Alabama’s boys and girls back at the Multiplex for their morning session at 9 a.m., and Mississippi will report back to Huntingdon at 9. The Mississippi squads will return to Huntingdon’s campus for their 2 p.m., practice while Alabama’s girls will practice at Faulkner University at 2 p.m., and the Alabama Boys will practice at the Multiplex.
    Mississippi girls will conduct a shoot-around at Dunn-Oliver Acadome Friday afternoon from 1:30-2 p.m.. The Mississippi boys will follow at from 2 to 2:30.  Alabama’s girls and Alabama’s boys will have shoot-around drills from 2:30 to 3:30 Friday.
        Alabama won the boys’ game last year 90-83 with Mississippi winning the girls’ game 95-89. The Alabama boys now hold a 13-11 edge in the series while the girls’ series is even at 12-12. Two of  last year’s stars, Mississippi boys’ standout Devin Booker of Moss Point and Alabama girls’ standout Shakayla Thomas of Sylacauga, will be playing this weekend in the NCAA Basketball Tournament.  Booker is a freshman guard for top-seed and SEC champion Kentucky while Thomas is a freshman forward for women’s 2 seed and ACC champion Florida State.
     Among Alabama’s standouts this year are Theodore guard Dazon Ingram and Luverne 6-10 center Donta’ Hall. Hall is heading to Alabama and Ingram, who signed last November with the Crimson Tide, said Wednesday he is now undecided. Among the top girls reporting are Shaquera Wade of Huntsville and Amahni Upshaw of Brantley. Wade is heading to Auburn and Upshaw to Troy University.
   Coaches for the Alabama girls’ squad are Donnie Roberts of Red Bay and LaKenya Knight of Jeff Davis.
       Mississippi boys’ head coach is Calvin Brown of East Marion and girls’ head coach is Patricia Wilson. Headlining the Mississippi girls’ team are Michigan State commit Octavia Barnes of Raymond and Mississippi State commit Jazzmun Holmes of Harrison Central. Quinndary Weatherspoon of Velma Jackson and Terence Davis of Southaven are two of the top boys’ players reporting. Weatherspoon is heading to Mississippi State and Davis to Ole Miss.
     Alabama’s rosters and Mississippi’s rosters can be found at www.ahsaa.com.



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