Players, coach receive All-Star bids

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 13, 2007

Fifty-nine players and eight coaches from across the state have been chosen to fill the rosters of boys and girls, North-South, All-Star Basketball teams. Three players and a coach from the area were chosen by the association to attend the Alabama All-Star Sports Week competition in Huntsville July 9-13.

The recipients of the honor of the All-Star title come under the review of teams in the state by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association following the end of team play.

Demopolis High School power forward and wing guard, Casey Cantey, and R.C. Hatch point guard and shooting guard, Frankie Sullivan, center, Nicholas Johnson, and coach, Homer Davis, were chosen to participate in the event. All four will join the South team in the All-Star game pitting the best from each region of the state against one another.

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Cantey said his coach came to him and informed him that he had been voted on the team by the association. He said he looks forward to playing in the game and attending the practices so he can get better for his upcoming senior season.

R. C. Hatch&8217;s attendees shouldn&8217;t be so surprised. The Hatch program has won four state titles in the past five years. Davis and Sullivan have been involved in all of them, and Johnson has been on the team as it won the last two titles in a row.

Davis said Sullivan has already been contacted by almost every division one college, including the likes of Florida and Memphis, since he has played at a superior level since he began playing on the team in seventh grade, but has yet to narrow down which school he will play at after graduating high school next year. He said Johnson also has been contacted by several division one schools, such as Alabama, Auburn, UAB, Mississippi State and a number of junior colleges, and he should improve his chances by performing well a the All-Star game.

Coach Davis said the event would allow the attending athletes a chance to play with other people on their skill level and show them how to spread the ball around in such an environment. He said his coaching role would allow him to do drills with the talented players, though there wouldn&8217;t be a whole lot of practice time.