Twenty-four seniors have been selected to represent Alabama in the 23nd annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Game at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome March 15.
The teams were announced Thursday by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) that sponsors the doubleheader. The girls’ game will tip off at 5 p.m. and the boys’ game will follow at 7. The teams report Wednesday, March 13.
This marks the second year for Montgomery to host the games after being played in Pelham from 2003-2011. Both girls’ and boys’ series are tied at 11 wins each after last year’s split. The Alabama boys won 109-104 and the Mississippi girls won 94-91. Both games were among the most exciting in the series’ history.
Coaches for the Alabama girls’ squad are Hoover Coach Tiffany Frederick and Woodland Coach Larry Strain. Frederick led Hoover (28-4) to the Class 6A state championship last week in her first year as the Lady Bucs’ head coach. She also guided Fairfield to the 5A state crown in 2010.
Strain guided Woodland (34-2) to the Class 2A state title last week, beating previously unbeaten Prattville Christian (34-1) in the finals. His Lady Bobcats were state runner-up in 2011. Brenda Mayes of Muscle Shoals is the administrative coach.
Coaches for Alabama’s boys are Earl Taylor of St. Jude and Bubba Webster of Madison County. Taylor guided the Pirates (28-6) to the Class 1A state championship and Webster coached Madison County (29-4) to the Class 4A state corwn. Jamie Lee of Decatur is the administrative coach.
Highlighting the Alabama girls squad are two players who were selected MVPs in last week’s Final 48 State Basketball Championships. Hoover center Marqu’es Webb, a Vanderbilt signee, was named Class 6A MVP as she set a state-tournament record with 108 rebounds in six Final 48 game appearances. Jasmine Rhodes of Faith Academy, an LSU signee, was named MVP of the Class 5A state tournament after leading here team to its first state title.
Four other players selected have also signed college scholarships. Guard Alexandria Gholston of R.A. Hubbard has signed with the University of Alabama, Breigha Wilder-Cochran of Hoover with South Alabama, Kristen Emerson of Prattville Christian with Troy University, Hannah Nichols of Madison Academy with Samford, Dominique Patrick of Center Point with Grambling State and Lindsey Jennings of Bob Jones with Northwest Florida.
Highlighting the boys’ squad is Carver-Montgomery’s Jeremy Johnson, an Auburn football signee who was named Mr. Football by the Alabama Sports Writers Association and played in the Alabama-Mississippi Football Game last December.
Two Final 48 MVPs are on the boys’ roster. Malek Grant of Mountain Brook was named 6A MVP and Seab Webster, son of Madison County Coach Bubba Webster, was chosen MVP in the 4A tourney. Grant is headed to Faulkner State Junior College and Webster to Alabama-Huntsville.
Six other all-stars have already signed college scholarships, including 6-foot-10 Jimmie Taylor of Greensboro (Alabama), Shelby County forward Tyler Madison (UAB), Isaiah Maston of Wenonah (South Alabama), De’Runnya Wilson of Wenonah (Mississippi State) and Brandon Roberts of West Morgan (Samford).
The Mississippi All-Stars will be released Friday.
The complete Alabama rosters:
2013 ALABAMA GIRLS ROSTER
R. A. Hubbard
Brenda Mayes, Administrative
2013 ALABAMA BOYS ROSTER
Carver - Montgomery
Central - Coosa Co.
Jamie Lee, Administrative
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