The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

High School Sports

March 29, 2014

Scott Brown Classic’s back

Annual all-star basketball game set for April 12

The Scott Brown Classic will be back in Beckley next month, and the 25th anniversary of the all-star basketball event will be bigger than ever.

Sponsored by Employer’s Innovative Network in Cross Lanes, this year’s showcase will again include the top seniors from all three classes from around the state. And for the second straight year, the event will also have a national flare.

New tournament director Sam Hall — who took over for Bob Bolen, now an assistant coach at East Tennessee State University — has already landed West Virginia University recruits Daxter Miles and Jevon Carter, who will compete on the Little General National Team, coached by South Charleston head coach Vic Herbert.

Miles, a 6-foot-2 guard out of Baltimore’s Dunbar High School, averaged 15 points, six rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, while Carter, a 6-2 guard out of Proviso East High School in Maywood, Ill., was ranked as one of the top 75 guards in this year’s senior class by ESPN.

The WVU signees will have some competition on the Crossroads Chevy National Team, which will be coached by Huntington Prep head coach Rob Fulford.

Three of his own — Jalen Lindsey, Coleman Spann and Josh Perkins — will be on that roster.

Lindsey, a 6-7 forward, has signed with Providence, Spann is a 6-4 guard with a smooth shot and Perkins, a 6-3 guard, has signed with Gonzaga.

Complete rosters will be announced Tuesday, but Donte Nabors and Chase Hancock of Woodrow Wilson are also scheduled to play in the national game, along with Rondale Watson and Obi Romeo of Greenbrier East. Watson is a Wake Forest signee, while Romeo has signed to play for St. Joseph’s.

“Getting the chance to see the WVU recruits always brings in some interest, and it will be fun to see how they match up against some of the local guys,” said Hall. “I’m sure there will be a lot of interest in that.”

The Jan Care AA All-Star Team will be coached by the head coach of the state champion Bluefield Beavers, Buster Large. The team will include his three stars — Anthony Eades, Lykel Collier and Michael Yost — as well as Corey Bowles and Jordan Browning of Westside, Austin Canada and Christian Hedinger of Wyoming East, PikeView’s Zach Meadows, Nicholas County’s Jared Tharp and Ravenswood’s Jake Martin. Others will be announced Tuesday.

The AA team will play the C. Adam Toney Class A team, coached by Greater Beckley Christian’s Dan Burd.

His senior star, Javonne Staunton-Bailey, will be on the roster along with first team all-staters Cal Cistaro of Notre Dame and Garret McCarty of Charleston Catholic. Meadow Bridge’s Logan Pomeroy, a second-team pick, will also play on the roster, which will be completed later this week.

Tickets for the game are on sale at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center, where the contest will be held. Reserved seats can be purchased for $10 and general admission for $8 by visiting or by calling 304-252-7361.

“With Bob not being able to participate (because of NCAA rules) I just wanted to step in and make sure we could keep it going,” said Hall, who said his major motivator was to keep the memory of Brown, a former Register-Herald sports writer, who passed away in 1996, alive.

The Class AA vs. Class A game will begin at 4 p.m., followed by a slam dunk contest and a 3-point contest. The national game is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

— E-mail: chuffman and follow on Twitter @CamHuffmanRH.

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