Event Coordinator Tim Massey said, “We have finalized the rosters for the Fourth Annual North Arkansas All Star Basketball Classic and it will definitely be the best one in our history. Twenty-one All State players and fifteen All State Tournament players have committed to play in the NABC, including many who have or will commit to playing next year at the next level.”
Also, four of the area’s best coaches have been selected to coach in the games including Isaac Middlebrooks of Cedar Ridge and Brad Brannen of Bay for the boy’s game and Braden Watson of Bay and Eric Teague of Melbourne for the girl’s game. Middlebrooks and Brannen have coached three state champion teams in the past four years and both have been selected to coach in this year’s Arkansas State High School All Star Game in June. Watson and Teague both guided teams into the state tournament this year. Massey said, “We are excited to have coaches of this caliber for this event. This is going to be a must-see event for all basketball fans of this area. This is a stellar group of graduating seniors in both boys and girls and both games will be highly competitive. We will play five quarters to make sure all players get an ample amount of playing time. The slam dunk contest, the three point contest, and the skills contest will be very entertaining as well. We have great players and great coaches and we want to give area seniors the opportunity to perform before fans of their home area one last time before they move on to college. High school basketball is very special for the fans of north Arkansas and we are pleased at how this event has grown since its inception four years ago. We are very excited that KSAR 92.3 will once again broadcast the event and this will only enhance the significance of the games for the players and fans.”
The following All State players have committed to the Classic: Boys - Wichita State signee and 3A MVP Austin Reaves from the Class 3A State Champion Cedar Ridge Timberwolves, Tyler Pritchett and Jonathan Crain from the Class 1A State Champion Bay Yellowjackets, Andrew Walker from Izard County, Jacob Patterson from Cave City, Bryan Parnell from Calico Rock, Spencer Politte from Flippin, Bryce Nicholson of Marshall, and Dalton Hogue from Valley Springs. Girls - Arkansas State signee and 3A MVP Payton Tennison and Emmalee Taylor of the Class 3A State Champion Valley Springs Lady Tigers, Lyon College signee Elizabeth Henderson of Cedar Ridge, Central Baptist College signee Emily Gardner and Mary Johnson from Melbourne, Katie Ferguson from Bay, Karlie Senko of Bradford, Kelsey Fry from Calico Rock, Gracen Ratliff from Batesville, Bailey Pruitt from Jasper, and Abby Meredith from Marmaduke. Reaves has had shoulder surgery and won’t be able to play, but he will be in attendance at the game and will sign autographs. Other notable area players selected include Clay Mosley and Coby Jones of Izard County, Tim Campbell of Guy Perkins, Katie Hamby, Brett James, and Timi Killian from Calico Rock, Jay Chaney from Melbourne, Blake Goodson and Taylor Grant from Highland, University of the Ozarks signee Hailey Godfrey and Jeremy Brown from Salem, Braden Mead, Hunter Tatum, Zac Brogdon, and Kaitlyn Grambling from Southside, Keegan Harrison and Cheyenne Brooks from Cedar Ridge, Cole Gower and Andrew Ware of Mountain View, Landry Kopacz, Jakob Tate, and Megan Coatney from Flippin, Matt Wilkins, Carter Vance, and Brittany Gosha from Sloan-Hendrix, Drew Saunders and Tristen Richardson from Valley Springs, Hayden Woods from Cave City, Emily White from Pocahontas, Haley Cole, Tyler Vowell, and Brianna Hood from Marmaduke, Dalton Treece and Mason Treece of Greers Ferry Westside, Chase Riley and Gerard Dietrich from West Plains, Mo., Ayden Henry of Thayer, Mo., and Wyatt Summers of Bakersfield, Mo. Fifteen players attending the Classic also were named to the All State Tournament Team: Campbell, Pritchett, Crain, James, Walker, Fry, Reaves, Harrison, Nicholson, Hogue, Tennison, Taylor, Henderson, Senko, and Gardner.