Posted On: 03/23/18 9:21 AM
The Jefferson vs. Orleans All-Star game is an annual event showcasing the New Orleans metro area’s top players at season’s end and there was plenty of talent on display this year.
The matchup was competitive through the first half with Jefferson leading 25-19 after the first quarter but Orleans turned it up in the second quarter. They went on a huge run to flip the score to 48-40 going into halftime and they led throughout the second half en route to a 110-84 win.
Despite the game getting away from Jefferson Parish, players on both teams continued to compete through the last few minutes of the game with this being their last time on a high school court. There are a few who already made their commitments to college programs but there were several more who are still looking for an opportunity.
Bryson Celestine — St. Augustine 2018 5’9″ PG
Celestine was named MVP for the Orleans Parish team after a nice performance off the bench. He was able to showcase more of his skill set in an open-court, free-flowing setting where he could push the pace and get to the rim for layups or find a teammate for an easy look. Celestine has always displayed elite ability as a passer with great speed but he also showed he could play above the rim with a late-game dunk that likely sealed MVP honors.
Celestine finished with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, and his aggressiveness gave Jefferson Parish trouble for most of the contest. Baton Rouge Community College has taken an interest in the St. Augustine product and he would be a great pickup for a team on the Division II or NAIA level as an initial backup point guard with starter potential in the future.
Marc Bowie — Edna Karr 2018 6’3″ G (Arkansas Fort-Smith signee)
Bowie had the best case for MVP by the numbers scoring a team-high 19 points with five rebounds but he’ll be more than content accepting his scholarship from Arkansas-Fort Smith to continue his basketball career on the next level in lieu of the award.
He was likely overlooked due to the fact that he didn’t force the issue and let all of his points come to him on an efficient 8-of-13 shooting attempting just one 3-pointers. Bowie had a couple of nice finishes on fast break opportunities and his patented mid-range game was also good for a couple of buckets as well. He’ll be a solid contributor for the Lions on the Division II level.
Lance Madison — Warren Easton 2018 6’3” G
Madison was the most versatile performer of any player in the game nearly totaling a triple-double with 8 points, 9 rebounds and seven assists. He also added three blocks and three steals to his stat line and had a big chase down block in the first half. Madison’s length and athleticism is often underestimated by his opponents and it works in his favor as he routinely rises for big blocks and plays the passing lanes well for steals.
He’s a heady player that can also get it done on the offensive end attacking off the dribble and using his dexterity and touch around the rim to get buckets. Madison isn’t a great shooter yet but he has good form and is capable of knocking down open shots. He’s been in touch with several programs holding partial or full scholarships to Dallas Baptist (TX, Division II) and Bethel College (KS, NAIA) while receiving interest from Loyola (LA, NAIA) and Centenary (LA, Division III).
Prince Campbell — Sophie B. Wright 6’5″ 2018 F
Campbell was actually the second-leading scorer for Orleans Parish putting up 18 points for the winning side. Half of those came in the fourth quarter where Campbell showed off his inside-outside game making shots both in the paint and beyond the 3-point line. Like Bowie, he didn’t press the issue and was 8-for-10 from the field including 2-of-3 from three.
Campbell served the same role for Class 3A semifinalist Sophie B. Wright scoring efficiently when opportunities presented themselves while giving the Warriors a long lineup of four players standing 6-foot-5 or taller. He would be a good addition for a program on the Division II, III or NAIA level.
Myron Green — Edna Karr 6’4” 2018 F (Delgado commit)
Green is a strong, tough forward with some skill to compliment his grittiness. He’s accustomed to banging in the paint for buckets and rebounds while making all the hustle plays on the court, and he’s getting more and more comfortable creating his shot from the wing. Green had several highlight-worthy plays stringing multiple moves together to get to the basket and he could make an impact at Delgado sooner rather than later.
Derrick Lewis — McDonogh 35 6’3” G
Lewis was third in scoring for Orleans Parish with 17 points and 11 of those came in the third quarter to help Orleans pull away. He was 8-of-10 inside the 3-point line and most of his points came in transition as a finisher. Lewis was a key piece for Class 4A semifinalist No. 18 McDonogh 35 this past season and had a big game in a second-round upset over No. 2 Bossier scoring 23 before adding 15 in another win over No. 23 St. Martinville in the quarterfinals.
Breshaun Delpit — Landry-Walker 6’7” F (Xavier-LA commit)
All-Star games are built for ball handlers as they control the tempo and take most of the shots but Delpit appeared content in his role rebounding and starting the break for his guards. He snagged a game-high 10 boards and was rewarded late in the game with a feed from Celestine for an enormous two-handed alley-oop slam. Delpit has incredible athleticism for a player his size and will be a solid contributor for Xavier (LA) as a rebounder, rim-protector and finisher.
Jerry Lee — Grace King 5’9” PG
Lee was the breakout player from the game scoring a game-high 22 points. He did take 27 shots to get there but understood this was his chance to make a name for himself on a lesser-known team, and didn’t want the opportunity to pass him by. Lee was impressive getting in the paint and finishing with either hand and also knocked down a couple of 3-pointers including a sweet escape dribble into a step back early in the game.
At 5-foot-9, Lee doesn’t have ideal size or jaw-dropping athleticism but I he knows how to get to his spots on the court and showed a bit of above-the-rim ability on one of his fast break attempts. The senior said he has partial scholarship offers to Delta State, Liberty and Mobile.
Brandon Allen — Helen Cox 6’0” G
Allen is a good shooter who can really fill it up from deep when he gets going. He was 3-for-9 from distance in the game and was second on the Jefferson Parish team in scoring with 13.