Posted On: 04/23/21 3:57 PM

By Dave Morrison

When Morgantown’s Sha-Ron Young and Woodrow Wilson’s Elijah Redfern met at the New River CTC Invitational at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center earlier this month, it represented a first high school meeting of two of the state’s top freshmen.

it was not their first hoops get together. Not even their first meeting in Beckley.

During pre-pandemic times, there were two major basketball events in Beckley. One was the Flying Eagles annual trek to Charleston. The other the annual Biddy-Biddy Tournament that annually drew teams from along the eastern seaboard.

In those days Redfern was a local phenom on the AAU circuit, Young was the same in the Morgantown area.

You only need to look at the all-tournament teams from the recent past to see a Who’s Who of the top young talent coming up.

Take the fifth grade division in 2017.

That year the Biddy-Buddy all-tournament team included Young and Fairmont’s Zycheus Dobbs, who both played for the West Virginia Chaos. Independence’s Brady Green played for Shady Elite. and tournament MVP played for the champion Ward 5 Warriors.


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