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All-Stars Selected for 25th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Games

   Twenty-four seniors have been selected to represent Alabama in the 25nd annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Games at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome  March 20.
        The Alabama teams, comprised of 12 senior boys and 12 senior girls, were announced Thursday by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA). The girls’ game will tip off at 5 p.m. and the boys’ game will follow at 7.
        The games were played in Mississippi for the first time since 2002 last year,
but return to Alabama this year. The games rotated between the two states from 1991-2002 but moved to Pelham Convention Center in 2003 where they remained through 2011. Alabama State hosted the games at Dunn-Oliver Acadome in 2012 and 2013.
        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.
       Coaches for the Alabama girls’ squad are Donnie Roberts of Red Bay and LaKenya Knight of Jeff Davis. Roberts, 64, is the state’s all-leading career wins leader for girls’ basketball with an 835-347 slate over 42 seasons. He directed Red Bay (25-9) to the Class 2A state championship in 2015 and was 2A runner-up in 2014. Knight, 41, coached Jeff Davis (31-4) to the AHSAA’s first Class 7A state title this season. She has compiled a 219-66 record in 12 seasons. Brenda Mayes of Muscle Shoals is the administrative coach.
        Coaches for Alabama’s boys are Hoover High School’s Charles Burkett and Obadiah Threadgill IV of Lafayette. Burkett directed the Bucs (27-9) to the Class 7A state championship winning 50-43 in the finals to beat two-time state champion Mountain Brook. Threadgill, 78-36 in four seasons, directed LaFayette (25-5) to the Class 2A state championship with a 69-39 win over defending champion Elba in the finals. He is the son of Notasulga coaching legend Obadiah Threadgill III.   Burkett’s career record was unavailable.  Jamie Lee of Decatur is the administrative coach.
        Headlining the Alabama girls’ squad are four girls who played in the Class 7A State Tournament. Ta’Naisha Hill and Shaquera Wade represented Huntsville (32-4), Chloe Long and Rayven Pearson played for Hazel Green (29-6) in the semifinals. Wade, averaged 18.7 points and 10.7 rebounds, is heading to Alabama, Hill to Tennessee-Martin, Long and Pearson to Jacksonville State. Hill averaged 15.7 points as a senior, Long, 12.0 and Pearson, 16.0. Also named to the girls’ squad is Brantley 6-foot forward Amahni Upshaw, a three-time Class 1A All-State tournament selection. Upshaw, who averaged 10.1 points and 11.9 rebounds, was Class 1A state tournament MVP in 2014. She will play collegiately at Troy University.
     Highlighting the
Alabama boys is 2015 Class 6A state-tournament MVP Brandon Austin of state champion Carver-Montgomery. The 6-foot-5 forward and Alabama recruit averaged 18 points as a senior. He will be joined by fellow Alabama signees Donta’ Hall of Luverne and Dazon Ingram of Theodore. The 6-fpo10 Hall led the Tigers to the 2A state finals in 2014 while Ingram, a 6-5 guard, averaged 20.8 points and 10.9 rebounds per game in sparking Theodore (28-5) to its first Class 7A state basketball tournament trip to the BJCC in 2015.
    Lee-Montgomery’s 6-9 duo, Tommy Burton and Trenton Clayton, will join Hall on the post along with 6-7 forward Gerron Scissum of Lee-Huntsville. Scissum averaged 16.4 points while helping Lee reach the 6A state finals while Burton and Clayton, who averaged 16.4 and 10.3 ppg, respectively, led Montgomery-Lee to a 29-4 record and Class 7A state tournament berth.
     Scissum and Burton are currently undecided about their college plans while Clayton is heading to Southeastern Louisiana.  Guard Lawson Schaffer of Cullman, who sank 17-of-17 free throws in a 71-68 overtime win over Athens in the Northwest Regional semifinals, comes in as one of the state’s most accurate free-throw shooters in AHSAA history. Homewood guard Malik Cook-Stroup, who averaged 16.9 ppg in leading Homewood to the Class 6A state tournament, will join Schaffer in the backcourt.

    Several of the all-stars are still undecided about their college choice.


 2015 Alabama Boys All-Star Basketball Team

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Coach

College

 

Hasan Abdullah

Clay-Chalkville

G

6'0

Jeremy Monceaux

Naval Academy

 

Brandon Austin

Carver - Montgomery

F

6'5

James Jackson

Alabama

 

Tommy Burton, Jr.

Lee - Montgomery

G

6'9

Bryant Johnson

Undecided

 

Trenton Clayton

Lee - Montgomery

C

6'9

Bryant Johnson

Southeast Louisiana

 

Donta' Hall

Luverne

C

6'10

Richard Dorsey

Alabama

 

Dazon Ingram

Theodore

G

6'5

Philip Roebling

Alabama

 

Anthony Moore

Central - Phenix City

G

6'4

Bobby Wright

Undecided

 

Camron Reedus

Austin

G

6'3

Jake Miles

Undecided

 

Lawson Schaffer

Cullman

G

6'0

Bobby Meyer

Undecided

 

Gerron Scissum

Lee - Huntsville

F

6'7

Gregory Brown

Undecided

 

Ethan Stair

Hazel Green

F

6'5

Todd Jeffers

Mercer

 

Malik Cook-Stroup

Homewood

G

6'0

Tim Shepler

Undecided

 

Coaches

 

Charles Burkett

Hoover

 

Obadiah Threadgill

LaFayette

 

Jamie Lee, Adm

Decatur

 

 

2015 Alabama Girls All-Star Basketball Team

 

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Coach

College

 

Kendrea Dawkins

Sparkman

C

6'1

Patrick Delay

Central Arkansas

Areleatha Gipson

Lee - Montgomery

G

5'7

Freeah Smith

Undecided

 

Ta'Naisha Hill

Huntsville

G

5'7

Krystle Johnson

Tenn.-Martin

 

Kristian Hudson

Clay-Chalkville

G

5'7

Justin Haynie

Undecided

 

Baylee Johnson

Cullman

G

5'7

Jonathan Hayes

Alabama-Huntsville

Chloe Long

Hazel Green

F

6'1

Tim Miller

Jacksonville State

 

Kimberly Parrish

Center Point

G

5'9

Ulysses Haynes

Undecided

 

Rayven Pearson

Hazel Green

C

6'2

Tim Miller

Jacksonville State

 

Jada Smith

Hoover

G

5'9

Tiffany Frederick

Union

 

Amahni Upshaw

Brantley

F

6'0

Andrew Kilcrease

Troy University

 

Salina Virola

Lee - Huntsville

F

6'1

JeTaime Silas

Presbyterian

 

Shaquera Wade

Huntsville

G

5'11

Krystle Johnson

Alabama

 

 

Coaches

 

Donnie Roberts

Red Bay

 

LaKenya Knight

Jeff Davis

 

Brenda Mayes, Adm.

Muscle Shoals