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May 25, 2013

And1 event finalized

Butler, Slay meet-and-greet planned

All the details have been finalized for the And1 basketball event one week from today.

The famed streetball show will make its first-ever Beckley appearance Sunday, June 2, at Woodrow Wilson High School. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with the game pitting And1 against the West Virginia All-Stars tipping off at 6 p.m.

“I’m anticipating the day,” said organizer Anthony Hairston. “I am definitely excited about bringing to Beckley something that has never been brought here before.”

The game will not be the day’s lone attraction.

Woodrow Wilson alumnus Tamar Slay and former West Virginia University star Da’Sean Butler will take part in a meet-and-greet from 2-4 p.m. at the school. Both were second-round NBA draft picks — Slay by the New Jersey Nets in 2002 and Butler by the Miami Heat in 2010.

Slay helped lead Woodrow to a pair of Class AAA state titles and was the 1998 state player of the year. He went on to star at Marshall before being drafted by the Nets.

After an NBA career that saw him play for the Nets and the Charlotte Bobcats, Slay embarked on a career overseas. He currently plays for a team in Italy.

During halftime of the And1 game, Slay will be presented with a key to the city.

The West Virginia All-Stars are comprised largely of former Woodrow players, including Will Dillard, Damien Tunstalle and Mike Fortune, as well as Mountain State University alumnus A.J. Leftwich.

Advance tickets are still available for $10 at the County Shop barber shop locations at the Crossroads Mall and in Fayetteville, or by contacting Hairston or Mike Fowlkes.

Tickets are $13 at the door.

Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the West Virginia Wizards 11-under AAU team.

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