Originally created 02/13/98

Area coaches, players in All-Star Basketball Classic



The Augusta area will be well represented in the inaugural Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic weekend on March 28-29 at the Winthrop Coliseum in Rock Hill, S.C.

Barnwell head coach Chip Atkins will be the co-head coach of the South Carolina boys' team.

Great Falls' John Smith and South Aiken's Donnie Holland will coach the North squad in the North-South game, which will feature four area players.

The inaugural North Carolina-South Carolina All-Star game will be played Sunday, March 29.

"I talked to a lot of different coaches," said Atkins, of how he chose the 10-man team. "I talked to at least one coach in every region in the state and a lot of college coaches."

South Aiken center Tony Kitchings elected to play for the USA Men's Junior Select National Hoop Summit Team that will play an International All-Star team on March 29 at 1 p.m. at the Alamo Convocation Center in San Antonio.

Atkins replaced Kitchings with Spring Valley star Radgie Leggett, who has signed to play with the College of Charleston. Atkins had to choose at least one player from each of South Carolina's four classifications.

"I wanted to take (Silver Bluff power forward Lamass) Barefield because he can play so many different positions, but then he got suspended," Atkins said.

Barefield was second in the area in scoring at 20 points a game and first in rebounding at 13.1 before being dismissed from the Silver Bluff team.

Boys selected to play in the North-South All-Star were South Aiken shooting guard Michael Tyler and Strom Thurmond's shooting guard Anthony Daise.

Tyler, a 6-foot-3, 175-pounder, leads South Carolina area boys in scoring at 19.3 points a game. Daise, a 6-foot-4, 180-pounder, is one of the area's top all-around performers, averaging 14.5 points, 6.6 assists and 5.9 rebounds a game.

Both will play on the South team.

North Augusta point guard Tiffany Isaac and Wagener-Salley point guard Nicole Harrison will play in the girls' North-South game. Isaac is averaging 14.7 points, 5.6 assists and 5.3 rebounds a game, while Harrison is averaging more than 20 points a game for the Class A War Eagles.

Isaac will play for Orangeburg-Wilkinson's Edward Pellman on the North squad, while Harrison will play for Estill's Cecil Jenkins on the South squad. Both the North-South girls and boys game will be played on March 28 in Rock Hill.

One of the featured players for the North Carolina boys team is Kinston (N.C.) High star Craig Dawson, who is the nephew of current Detroit Pistons' shooting guard Jerry Stackhouse. Dawson played for the Durham (N.C.)-based Carolina Warriors at the Nike Peach Jam at North Augusta's Riverview Park last summer.