By Cam Huffman
The Scott Brown Memorial Classic has always brought the Mountain State’s best high school seniors to Beckley for an all-star basketball showcase. But the 24th edition, which will be held April 13 at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center, will include top talent from outside West Virginia, as well.
Fourteen future Division-I basketball players and eight athletes listed as 6-foot-7 or higher will be part of the national game, which will begin at 6 p.m. and follow the 4 p.m. clash between the Jan-Care Class AA All-Stars and the C. Adam Toney Class A All-Stars.
Coached by South Charleston head coach Vic Herbert, who played for West Virginia University from 1978-81, the Little General squad in that national game will have a definite Mountaineer flavor with four WVU signees on the roster.
Scout.com four-star power forward Devin Williams, out of Montverde Academy in Florida will headline that team along with Elijah Macon, another four-star power forward from Wolfeboro, N.H.
Brandon Watkins, out of Grady High School in Atlanta, Ga. — the nephew for former Greenbrier East and WVU star Warren Baker — will also be on the roster, as will Morgantown High School’s Nathan Adrian, the fourth signee out of WVU’s Class of 2013.
Joining the four signees will be state player of the year Donté Grantham of state champion Martinsburg High School, who has an offer from Clemson and is hoping to get one from the Mountaineers.
Class AAA first-team all-state selections Ryan Meadows (Princeton) and Chase Connor (Shady Spring) will also be on that team, along with Woodrow Wilson’s Andrew Johnson and both Ra’Shaud Kincaid and Hunter Moles from South Charleston.
That loaded squad, though, will get plenty of competition from the Crossroads Chevy team, which will be coached by Huntington Prep assistant and former Mountain State University assistant Ryan Arrowood. That unit will feature a trio of Huntington Prep stars.
Travon Landry, a 6-foot point guard signed with Tennessee, Moses Kingsley, a 6-foot-9 four-star center signed to Arkansas and Dominic Woodson, another 6-foot-9 four-star center, who is signed to Baylor, make up that group from Huntington Prep.
Coming from Hargrave Military — along with former Woodrow Wilson star Jason Slay, a Hargrave assistant who will serve on the coaching staff for the Crossroads Chevy team — is Donte Clark, a three-star guard who has signed with Virginia Tech.
Another former Woodrow standout, Shayne Maynard, is now an assistant at Massanutten Military Academy and will serve as another coach, bringing with him 6-foot-5 forward Ahmad Fields, a Utah signee, 6-foot-7 forward D.J. Foreman, who is still considering offers, and Q.J. Peterson, a 6-foot point guard who played formerly with Hedgesville and has signed with VMI.
Martinsburg point guard Jalen Lewis and Greenbrier East guards Bryce Woodliff and Derek Weiford will also play on that squad.
“I would imagine this is the most talent ever for a high school game on a West Virginia floor,” said former Mountain State head coach Bob Bolen, who organized the event. “I had a little time on my hands and I missed recruiting, so I decided I’d work on this.”
Bolen said he had heard from a number of people who missed watching his MSU team play, and he was determined to bring a game filled with top talent to the area.
He said the WVU signees and the Huntington Prep players were natural fits, and he wanted to give some of the state’s top players a chance to match their skills against those prep stars.
“We’ll give some of the best in the state a chance to play with Big 12 and SEC players,” said Bolen. “It will be different from most all-star games. It will be the first time the WVU kids get to play together and I think both teams will be playing to win. It won’t be like a lot of the all-star games you see.”
Bolen’s also excited about the Class A vs. Class AA game. He has Tug Valley head coach Garland Thompson, who won the Class A championship this year, lined up to coach the Class A team and is working on a coach for the Class AA team. He expects the rosters for those squads to be released a week from today.
Tickets for the event will go on sale tomorrow at 9 a.m. The cost is $10 for reserved seats and $8 for general admission. They can be purchased at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center, online at www.beckleyconventioncenter.com or by phone at (304) 252-7361.
Tickets are also available through Extreme Tickets by calling 888-695-0888.
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