By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
World Basketball Association Foundation To Host Second Annual Black College All-Star Showcase
MACON, Ga. — It will be Lights, Cameras, Action Galore on Saturday, April 9, 2005 when some of the country’s most exciting college athletes take center court in Macon, Georgia.
Combined with thousands of star-gazing fans, these super athletes will show Middle Georgia how great it ‘feels’ to give back, all while making the 2nd Annual Black College All-Star Weekend a blast!
This very special weekend will feature the Black College All-Star Game beginning at 7:00pm as well as the High School All-Star Game beginning at 5:00pm highlighting the very best ‘ballers’ that Southeast HBCUs and Middle Georgia high schools have to offer!
Both amazing games will be held at the newly renovated Macon Centreplex and anchored to a weekend of fabulous activities and private celebrity functions.
“This is a much needed event that will showcase the top 24 male athletes attending historical Black Colleges across the country who are members of the SIAC, CIAA, SWAC, MEAC, EIAC and other independent black schools as well as 24 of Georgia’s top male High School athletes, “stated Leroy McMath, president of the World Basketball Association.
The mission of the event is to create an avenue for athletes who have not only achieved academically, but also who have displayed superior athletic ability throughout their collegiate career.
“The purpose of the National Black College All Star Basketball Showcase is to expose these players to both US and International Scouts,” said McMath. “We want them to have every opportunity that is possibly available.”
“Historically Black College basketball players have been over-looked when it comes to traditional college all-star games, the WBA Foundation is taking the opportunity to provide a outlet to make this a consistent reality,” McMath continues.
In 2004, the game in Atlanta drew over 24 NBA Scouts. The game MVP, David Young from North Carolina Central, was drafted #48 by the Seattle SuperSonics. A number of players in last year’s contest later signed with the WBA, CBA and European teams.
The showcase will not only include basketball fun, but the entertainment will include a half-time show that will feature a dunk contest, a 3-point shoot out, performances by national recording artists (to be announced), celebrity guest appearances, door prizes and give-a-ways.
The MVP will receive a donation to their school’s athletic program. A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to an inner city youth organization and the boy’s and girls club of Macon, GA.
Confirmed coaches are Wes Matthews, formerly of the LA Lakers, Harold Ellis of the Atlanta Hawks and Caldwell Jones, all former NBA Greats. The event is sponsored by the World Basketball Association (WBA) Foundation.
The WBA Foundation is dedicated to providing funding for our youth in each of our franchise communities. The World Basketball Association, Inc. (WBA) is the first professional basketball league organized to teach, develop and expose players to the NBA, NBDL, CBA and International Scouts.
For more information, log on to www.bcasclassic.com.