Boys' rosters finalized for Tri-Counties All-Star Basketball Game
BY JESSIE H. NUNERY
Saturday, April 21, 2018
The boys’ roster for the inaugural Tri-Counties All-Star Basketball Games has been solidified.
Top seniors from Nash, Wilson and Edgecombe Counties include 2017-18 Telegram All-Area Player of the Year Kalil Baker of Rocky Mount Prep and former Rocky Mount Academy standout Elijah McCadden in rosters finalized during the weekend by the game’s selection committee.
The event will also feature a girls’ game on May 12 at Rocky Mount High School, coached by Northern Nash’s Grover Battle and SouthWest Edgecombe coach Sandra Langley.
The girls’ game will start at 5 p.m., followed by the boys’ game at 6:30 p.m.
The girls’ roster is the process of being finalized.
Players who currently are seniors were eligible for the games and were nominated by the selection committee and their coaches.
Joining Baker and McCadden, a Georgia Southern signee who began his career at RMA before transferring to Wilson Greenfield are: Southern Nash’s Tyler Wilson, Rocky Mount High’s Rodney Alston, SouthWest Edgecombe’s Savion Staton, Nash Central’s Isaiah Jones, Wilson Community Christian’s Rieshod Baines and Tarboro’s Nico Barnes.
The opposing team will include Tarboro’s Shaun Lawton, Southern Nash’s Corey Foster and Jalen Lucas, Rocky Mount Prep’s Keyshawn Bryant, Northern Nash’s Undray Cherry, SouthWest Edgecombe’s Delonte Cobb, Nash Central’s Tim Bridgers, Wilson Hunt’s Javion Farmer, Wilson Beddingfield’s Tobias Cooper and North Edgecombe’s Keyshawn Epps.
The boys’ teams will be coached by Rocky Mount High’s Michael Gainey and Northern Nash’s Henry Drake.
“With us putting on this first event, it's important that we have the right pieces and puzzles and place,” said RiseUp! co-founder Tizzo Johnson, whose organization is a sponsor of the event. “Strategically selecting the coaches was helpful in getting this event get off to a great start. We didn’t select only the coaches with the best records, but coaches with history in this city and a reputation of having good basketball and good players.”
Chick-Fil-A is a sponsor of the event as is Word Tabernacle’s Impact Center, which will host a welcome luncheon on the day of the game for players and their families.
Johnson said the event will showcase local talent but also benefit student-athletes in the form of scholarships. A pair of local non-profit agencies also will receive all proceeds.
Admission to the games will be $10 for ages 12 and up.
Ages 6-10 will be $5, and children 5-under will be admitted free.
“It's amazing to have this event to not only showcase talent, but have players together from different schools on one court,” Johnson said. “We believe it is overdue to have this event to serve Nash, Wilson and Edgecombe Counties.”