This past weekend the hoop All-Star game season came to an end at the local and national levels. The San Diego County Coaches Association All-Star Game at Parker was last Friday and hours before back east in Brookyln the Jordan Brand Classic was taking place before a national TV audience. Also last weekend the Los Angeles City vs. Southern Section All-Star Game (Collision XVI) was also played at Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, CA).
San Diego County All-Star Game at Parker
In the San Diego County All-Star game the South team won 101-98 giving them a 5-4 edge in the nine-year series. Hoover’s Damonte Holiday was named the South team MVP scoring 20 points. Sweetwater’s Spencer Mattox scored a South team-high 21 points.
North team MVP, Westview’s Marcus Graves, scored 25 points; Graves recently committed to Sacramento State. El Camino’s Devin Watson scored a game-high 29 points. Watson also won the 3-point shooting contest. Parker’s Even Fitzner (St. Mary’s) had an opportunity to tie the game with a 3-ball but he lost the ball with seconds remaining in the game. Fitzner, playing his last prep game in his home gym finished with 19 points.
6’ 4” Carlsbad Lancer Chase Ogden won the Slam Dunk Contest while 6’ 9” Lincoln Hornet Daniel Melifonwu was a finalist in the dunk contest; Melifonwu scored 12 points in the All-Star Game.
Jordan Brand Classic All-Star Game
At the Jordan Brand Classic at the Barclays Center on Friday night there was a 3-D video court projection during the introduction of the game. A posted video from ESPN SportsCenter has been removed but another fan-filmed video of the 3-D intro is still available. The East team won 158-147.
3-D Court Projection Video
The 3-D court projection is similar to what NBA teams have been showcasing lately. One example of court projection includes the 2013 Miami Heat Ring Ceremony video. Apparently the production costs for the 3-D court projection runs in the six figures at the top end; likely the cost of the Miami Heat video projection.
NCAA Removes Two All-Star Game Rule
Recently the NCAA removed the little known rule that stated that seniors could only play in two all-star games in their senior year. Since the explosion of local, regional and national all-star games in the past decade top senior players have had to choose between all-star games for fear of becoming ineligible in the eyes of the NCAA. In San Diego there is the North County Conference, Grossmont Conference and San Diego County all-star games.
This year the Grossmont Conference vs. Metro Conference All-Star game had their inaugural game and in the past San Diego All-Stars have played Los Angeles All-Stars and Riverside All-Stars in separate games. Then there are the various national games, which includes the original and granddaddy, McDonald’s All-American Game that is currently played in Chicago every year. Also, the much newer Jordan Brand Classic game in New York is beginning to earn the reputation that the burger game has enjoyed for many years.
Players Not Participating
This year at least eight players did not play in the San Diego County All-Star game that likely would have played if available. With the removal of the NCAA two All-Star game rule hopefully more players will play in the San Diego county game but injury possibility, spring club play, spring high school team season play and other commitments make participating in all-star games more difficult.
Players Not Playing in the San Diego All-Star Game
#, Height, Player, School, Notes
# 1, 6-6, Khor Tut, Orange Glen
# 13, 6-5, Sam Worman, Torrey Pines, All-CIF First Team
# 13, 6-5, Israel Seales, Mater Dei, All-CIF First Team
# 21, 6-5, Riley Adams, Canyon Crest
# 23, 6-2, Iman Chatman, Mater Dei, All-CIF Second Team
# 23, 6-3, Calvin Crockett, Serra
# 32, 6-2, Austin Clyde, Del Norte
# 33, 6-5, Chad Morrison, El Camino