Many of the top seniors from DeKalb County will come together one final time in the third annual DeKalb County Basketball All-Star Classic on Tuesday, April 24 at Miller Grove High School.
The girls’ game is set for a 6 p.m. start with the boys to follow at 8 p.m.
Columbia girls’ coach Chantay Frost will coach one of the girls’ teams and Miller Grove girls’ coach Renee Breedlove will be on the opposing sideline.
Frost’s squad includes her daughter Zuri Frost (11.2 points, 5.2 steals and 3.4 assists). Zuri joined the 1,000-point club (1,211 career points) this season while helping lead the Lady Eagles to the Class AAA state championship over undefeated and defending state champion Washington County. She is joined by Columbia teammates Ebony Johnson, Kadeeja Vaughn and Victoria Gonzalez.
Also on the team is the county’s leading rebounder Tenisha Wallace (16.3 rebounds) of Martin Luther King Jr. and her teammate Amber Mendez, who averaged 14.1 points per game along with 3.1 steals and 3.4 assists.
Class AAAA state runner-up Southwest DeKalb is represented by guard Nekia Sockwell (10.1 points per game) and Jasmine Coleman (7.7 points, 6.6 rebounds).
Stephenson’s Joylyn Stroud (10.2 points, 8.0 rebounds) helps solidify the post for Frost’s All-Stars.
Breedlove’s All-Stars includes three players in the 1,000 career point club—Chamblee’s Lucy Mason (1,444) and Breana McDonald (1,498), and Stone Mountain’s Chara Reeves (1,179). Mason led the county with 19.4 points per game followed by McDonald with 18.3 and Reeves tied for third with 16.
McDonald also averaged 10.7 rebounds per game along with 3.3 steals and 3.5 assists, while Mason contributed four steals and 4.7 assists per game for the Lady Bulldogs, who finished 27-3 on the season.
Class AAAA state champion Miller Grove has its lone senior Tabitha Fudge (8.7 points, 7.3 rebounds) on the team.
Miller Grove’s Sharman White and Southwest DeKalb’s Dwayne McKinney will be the boys’ all-star coaches. White led the Wolverines to their fourth straight Class AAAA state championship in March while Southwest was the runner-up.
The two leading scorers for the McKinney All-Stars are Aquavious Young of Cedar Grove (20.8 points per game) and 1,000-point club member Derek Harper of Stephenson, who averaged 19.1 points per game and totaled 1,289 career points.
They are joined by a pair of forwards from Class AAA state champion Columbia—Jarmal Reid (11.3 points) and Chris Horton (10.3 rebounds, 6.1 blocks). Also on McKinney’s team are Southwest’s Kadarius Turner and Justin Hollimon, who both played key roles for the Panthers in the tournament.
White’s All-Stars are led by a contingent of players from Miller Grove and Martin Luther King Jr. Brandon Morris (10.9 points, 8.1 rebounds), Christian Houston (8.1 points, 5.2 assists, 3.1 steals) and Justin Colvin (9.6 points, 4.0 assists) were all starters on the Wolverines’ state championship team. The Lions’ all-stars include Tivius Guthrie (13 points, 6.5 assists) Johnny Garvin (10.5 points, 8.0 rebounds) and De’Aires Tate (10.7 points, 8.0 rebounds).
NOTE: Some of the top seniors are unavailable due to Georgia High School Association rules that limit players to participation in two all-star games.