Thursday, March 23, 2006
playing in all-star game
By BARRY BURLESON
Holly Springs will be represented for the third straight year in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star boys basketball game.
Clevin Hannah, a senior point guard for the Hawks, is playing for his home state in the annual contest set for this Friday, March 24, at the Pelham Civic Complex in suburban Birmingham, Ala. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Hannah is considered the number one point guard prospect in the State of Mississippi. He led the Hawks to a 34-2 record this season.
Clevin is the best high school point guard Ive ever had, said coach Naylond Hayes, and the best Ive seen in a long time. People like Clevin dont come along but every 10 or 15 years.
Hannah is the son of Kervin and Tametria Daugherty and Robert McCullough of Rochester, N.Y. Hes the grandson of Cheryl B. Brannon, Larry and Ada Turner of St. Louis, Mo. He is the brother of Kervin II, Kyle, Kierra and Klemia.
Former Hawks Kenny Dawkins and Tarrell Wilson played in the all-star battle between the neighboring states in 2005 and 2004, respectively.
Hayes was disappointed that Holly High senior Brandon Ayers, who scored 31 points and was the most valuable player of last summers Mississippi North/South All-Star Game, didnt make the roster for the Alabama-Mississippi matchup.
It looks like he should have made it, Hayes said.
Both Hannah and Ayers were chosen preseason Dandy Dozen players by The Clarion-Ledger, and they were the Hawks leading scorers this season.
Mississippi, which has lost two straight and trails 8-7 in the series, will be coached by John Miller of Poplarville. He will be assisted by Tony Woody of Columbia.
Mississippis roster, which was chosen by the All-Star coaches, also includes Ripley center Derrick Bails, Lanier point guard Al Graham, Coahoma County point guard Terrance Calvin, Moss Point forward David Booker, Provine guard Chris Hyche, Meridian forward Chris Leggett, Pascagoula forward LeKendric Longmire, Long Beach forward Owen McNally, Forest Hill guard Kevin Sims, Heidelberg center Andre Stephens and Gulfport forward Luther Suggs.
The Alabama-Mississippi All-Star girls game will begin the competition Friday night. It tips off at 6 p.m. at Pelham.
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