Boys underclassmen game highlights Saturday all-star festivities
The ABCA All-Star games will take place on Saturday at Mesa Community College. A majority of the state’s top talent will be on hand for the festivities. Here is the schedule of the games:
* 11 a.m. – Division III and IV Girls
* 12:30 p.m. – Division I and II Girls
* 2 p.m. – Underclassmen Girls
* 3:30 p.m. – Division III and IV Boys
* 5 p.m. – Dunk and 3-point contests
* 6:15 p.m. – Underclassmen Boys
* 7:45 – Division I and II Boys
Jaron Hopkins was last year’s star, winning the slam dunk contest and scoring 28 points in the underclassmen game. This year, the contest to watch is the 6:15 p.m. underclassmen boys contest.
The white team will feature reigning Tribune Player of the Year Casey Benson, Highland small forward and BYU commitment Jake Toolson, Mountain View star power forward Payton Dastrup and reigning East Valley scoring leader Jordan Howard of Perry.
The black team includes Pinnacle star small forward Dorian Pickens, Dobson shooting guard and ASU commitment Kodi Justice, flashy Desert Mountain point guard Rolando Rhymes and the impressive Gilbert Christian duo of Sam Jones and Roberto Reyes.
These games are always played at a breakneck pace, so expect point guards like Howard, Benson and Rhymes to thrive, but temper expectations for a guy like Dastrup, who is probably the best East Valley prospect but plays a half-court game.
The white team also has athletic Cesar Chavez forward Pablo Rivas, a guy who may wow the crowd with some big-time dunks. This class is the deepest Arizona has ever produced (all are seniors next year), so enjoy watching them before they scatter off to various colleges.