Cleveland Central High School had three basketball players earn spots in all-star games this week.
Kamarion Williams has been selected to play for Mississippi in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Boys Basketball game, Leroy Cotton III has been selected to play for the North in the Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center North/South All-Star Boys Basketball game and Antanisha Wade has been selected to play for the North in the Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center North/South All-Star Girls Basketball game.
The Mississippi-Alabama game will be played on Mar. 16 at 7 p.m., and the North/South games will be played on Mar. 23 with the girls game set to start at 6 p.m., followed by the boys game at 7:30 p.m. All games will be at the A.E. Wood Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi College in Clinton. Admission is $10.
Williams, who earned Bolivar Commercial Player of the Year honors last season, was named to The Clarion Ledger Dandy Dozen team before the start of the season. The 6-foot-9, center hasn’t disappointed this year. On Saturday against West Tallahatchie, he scored 27 points and pulled down 27 rebounds in Cleveland Central’s 84-63 win over the Choctaws. On Tuesday, Williams had another big night by scoring 22 points with 13 rebounds in the Wolves’ 50-49 loss to Canton in their first Region 3-5A contest of the season. Williams is currently averaging 22.3 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks a game.
“He’s a very versatile big man who can do it all,” Cleveland Central Wolves head coach Bernard Berryhill said. “Offensively, he can post and shoot, both the mid-range and 3-point shots. He rebounds exceptionally well and anchors our defense. For his size, he also handles the ball and passes well. I think he has a tremendous upside with a bright future.”
Cotton, a junior, has done a solid job playing guard and his performance has gotten better with each game. Cotton is currently averaging 11.4 points, five rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
“Offensively, he has good ball handling skills,” Berryhill said. “He has the ability to score in a variety of ways including shooting the three ball with depth which stretches the defense and creates more space for our offensive flow.”
Both Cotton and Williams have been key factors in CCHS posting a 13-4 record in its first year of basketball. Cotton and Williams were also two players that helped guided East Side to the 3A State Title game last year in boys basketball. CCHS formed from the consolidation of Cleveland High and East Side.
“It’s tremendous honor to coach these young men,” Berryhill said. “This all-star recognition is a testament to the hard work they have endured.”
Wade, a junior forward, currently leads the Lady Wolves in scoring (12.5 ppg.) and rebounding (8.9). Wade's production has led CCHS to an 11-4 record in its first 15 games.
Lady Wolves head coach Whitney Williams was proud of Wade.
“This is a great accomplish for her and the team,” Williams said. “We’re excited and waiting on March. She’s worked very hard. She’s one of those players that has a great work ethic and a great attitude about everything that we’ve done. She’s taken on the role of leading our team with her efforts and abilities. We’re just excited for her.”