Rosters for the Carolinas All Star Basketball Classic in Myrtle Beach later this month were released Saturday night and the USC men’s and women’s teams are represented on the Palmetto State teams.
Justin McKie of Irmo and Alaina Coates of Dutch Fork led their teams to state championships Friday night and they will play their college basketball for Frank Martin and Dawn Staley, respectively. But before that, they have one final high school game in their home state. That game will be against teams of North Carolina all stars March 23rd at Myrtle Beach High School.
The weekend begins with an all star banquet Thursday night. Friday there will be a skills competition at Myrtle Beach High School. Saturday the girl’s game will tipoff at 6:30 PM and the boy’s game will start at 8:30 PM.
This year’s tournament marks a change in venue from Socastee High School to Myrtle Beach High School. “This change is the result of a conflict of events scheduled for the same weekend. While school officials were still willing to host the tournament, we were afraid that parking could become an issue, “ said John Rhodes, Tournament Director.
“It is exciting to welcome the Classic to Myrtle Beach again this year. It’s really an honor. The players are selected from teams across the Carolinas and represent some of the nation’s most talented athletes. They work extremely hard in the classroom and on the court to earn the opportunity to participate in this incredible tournament,” Rhodes continued.
While their coaches initially nominate players, the North and South Carolina Coaches’ Associations make the final selection. The in-depth nomination process, which takes into consideration each player’s academic and athletic ability, adds to the prestige of the event. “This year’s tournament promises to be one of the most exciting yet,” Rhodes said. The two-day event attracts approximately 4,500 fans from throughout the Carolinas.
Tickets for the 16th Annual Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic are available at Myrtle Beach High School and may be purchased in advance or ‘day of’. For more information, visit www.carolinaallstarclassic.com or call 843-213-0032.
SOUTH CAROLINA BOYS ALL STARS
|Matthew Howard||AC Flora||Columbia|
|Charlendez Brooks||Byrnes High School||Duncan|
|Justin Dotson||Daniel High School||Pickens|
|Davaris McGowens||Eastside High School||Taylors|
|Jaylen Shaw||Hartsville High School||Hartsville|
|Tre’ Smith||Hillcrest High School||Simpsonville|
|Justin McKie||Irmo High School||Columbia|
|Eric Hopkins||W.J. Keenan High School||Columbia|
|Tashombe Riley||Wilkinson High School||Orangeburg|
|Jaylen Reid||Rock Hill High School||Rock Hill|
SOUTH CAROLINA GIRLS ALL STARS
|Naomi Moore||C.E. Murray High School||Greeleyville|
|Alaina Coates||Dutch Fork High School||Irmo|
|Ashely Fields||Goose Creek High School||Berkeley|
|Rochelle Brophy||J.L. Mann High School||Greenville|
|Angel McGowan||J.L. Mann High School||Greenville|
|Keira Robinson||Keenan High School||Columbia|
|Kentra Washington||Mauldin High School||Mauldin|
|India Farmer||North Myrtle Beach High School||Little River|
|Alexis Dillard||Wade Hampton High School||Greenville|
|Kenya Olley||Dorman High School||Roebuck|
NORTH CAROLINA BOYS ALL STARS
|Tarique Thompson||Hoke County High School||Raeford|
|Ria’n M. Holland||South View High School||Hope Mills|
|Darren Deron Black||Concord High School||Concord|
|BJ Gladden||Olympic High School||Charlotte|
|Devonte’ Graham||Needham B. Broughton||Raleigh|
|Tyrone Outlaw Jr.||Person High School||Roxboro|
|Clay Byrd||East Burke High School||Connelly Springs|
|Ty’Quan Bitting||Mount Tabor High School||Winston-Salem|
|Nigel Holley||New Hanover High School||Wilmington|
|Isaiah Hicks||JF Webb||Oxford|
NORTH CAROLINA GIRLS ALL STARS
|Ashley Williams||Green Hope High School||Cary|
|Whitney Bunn||Bunn High School||Bunn|
|Keri Fulp||East Surry High School||Pilot Mountain|
|Amber Doniere||Laney High School||Wilmington|
|Amanda Coffer||Northern Guilford High School||Greensboro|
|Kenya Sierra Hailey||Southeast Guilford High School||Greensboro|
|Terri Rogers||Eastern Alamance High School||Mebane|
|Biana Day||Millbrook High School||Raleigh|
|J’Kyra Malika Brown||Rocky Mount High School||Rocky Mount|
|Mykia D. Jones||Millbrook High School||Raleigh|