Posted On: 02/12/18 10:15 AM
The Louisiana High School Coaches’ Association has selected the East and West all-stars for the high school All-star game to be held at Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) on March 17th. This game has thirty of the states best players representing all classes and regions from around the state. People attending the game will get to see some of the Division I talent the state has to offer with a host of other talented seniors all on one floor. North Louisiana will have a nice representation of players on both the East and West squads. Here on Prep Hoops Louisiana, I will take a look at who is representing the north in the All-star game.
The East team, coached by Wossman’s Casey Jones, will be the more “star-studded” team in Bossier City on March 17th. Players that have committed to Division I schools include Kobe Julien, Joshua Leblanc, Jared Butler, and two time Mr. Basketball Javonte’ Smart (picture above) on the East squad. The north Louisiana contingent playing alongside these performers are Delhi sharpshooter Abdell Phillips, Ouachita big man Willie LaPoole, Simsboro’s Deonte Levingston, and West Monroe’s Langston Powell. The East squad has a small, but quality, group from north Louisiana that should perform admirably during the game.
Eddie Hamilton’s (Southwood) West squad will have six players from the north playing in the All-star game. They will play alongside St. John’s signee Greg Williams and UL-Lafayette commit Randy Gladney. Representing the north Louisiana schools will be Letreavin Black of Southwood, Jalen Harding of Benton, and Christavious Thomas of North Caddo. Rounding out the group will be three players representing the #1 team in their classifications. Jalen Brooks from Woodlawn-Shreveport (4A), John Buggs from Summerfield (Class C), and Northwestern State signee Brian White (picture above) from Natchitoches Central (5A) will be the crew completing the north Louisiana representatives in Bossier City on March 17th. The West team might not have the big time Division I commits; however, they have a wealth of talent nonetheless.
This year’s high school All-star game will be a great opportunity for scouts to get a better look at unsigned players before the April signing period. Because most of the north Louisiana players are unsigned, it will help to have many of the Division I commits on the floor. With the talent and notoriety of the players in the game, there should be high quality basketball played. I will be looking forward to this game after the playoffs have ended.