The Coast's top boys and girls basketball players gather to compete at St. Martin High School on Thursday and Friday.
The South Mississippi All-Star Showcase will have a pair of games on Thursday featuring the area's top seniors with the girls playing at 6 p.m. and and the boys competing at 7:30 p.m. The underclassmen girls and boys all-stars will play at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday.
Admission each day for the event is $6. A dunk and three-point contest will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
This marks the fifth consecutive year that the event has taken place after St. Martin boys coach Charlie Pavlus and Biloxi boys coach Seber Windham first talked about establishing the showcase seven years ago.
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"We've got some talented players on the Gulf Coast that have been overlooked due to the fact that they're not playing in the Jackson area," Pavlus said Wednesday. "The average player (in Jackson Public Schools) get the advantage (in state-wide all-star contests) over some really good players here."
The players are selected from a total of 24 high schools in the state's southernmost six counties.
Windham will coach the seniors home team and Bay High's Randy McCrory will coach the senior boys away squad. Among the players playing for McCrory are three members of the Sun Herald All-South Mississippi Team - Biscuit Floyd of Harrison Central and two former Pascagoula forwards, Jacques Belford and Illyn Scott.
Windham's roster will include six All-South Mississippi Team members - St. Martin's Stacee St. Julian, Jalen Lett of St. Martin, Pass Christian's Maliq Leaks, Jaylen Peters of Pass Christian, Tyrell McArthur of Gulfport and Poplarville 6-foot-8 big man Craig Barnes.
Robin Sikes of St. Martin will coach the senior girls home team and Scott Landry of Biloxi will head up the senior girls away squad. Sikes will have a pair of fellow Yellow Jackets in guard Deona Morgan and forward Savannah Jones. Bay High forward Simone Jackson will also play for Sikes.
Landry has the opportunity to coach Sun Herald Player of the Year Ameshya Williams, a 6-foot-3 forward who has signed with Mississippi State.
Pavlus will lead the boys underclassmen home team, which will include one of his top returners, Daetren Bivens. Gulfport's Keevon Oney, Quieran Gray of West Harrison and Biloxi's Fred Ramsey also highlight his roster.
Kelton Thompson of Picayune will lead the underclassmen boys away squad, which includes a pair of George County stars that helped lead the Rebels to the Class 6A state quarterfinals in Jackson - guard LaRaymond Spivery and swing man Tyrese Fryfogle. Harrison Central's top post player, Dayquan Perkins, will also suit up for the away team.
East Central's Wes Brewer will lead a talented underclassmen girls home team, which will includes sophomore Sania Wells, who averaged 20.9 points a game for East Central this season.
Sun Herald All-South Mississippi Team members Daphane White of St. Martin and D'Iberville's Casey Ferguson will also play on Brewer's team.
George County coach Terry Bradley will lead the underclassmen girls home team. He will have four members of this year's Sun Herald All-South Mississippi Team - LaMiracle Sims of Moss Point, Pascagoula's Jailin Cherry, Jamaya Galloway of Bay High and St. Patrick's Morgan McCrea.