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Area's top seniors to gather for celebration of basketball

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Sidney Davis | Tribune Review
New Castle's Malik Hooker keeps the ball away from a defending Gateway's Dennis Boyce during the PIAA AAAA boys playoff game at North Allegheny High School on Saturday March 9, 2013. New Castle wins, 68-48.

The 2013 Roundball Classic All-Star Games will be Saturday at Metheny Fieldhouse on the Geneva College Campus in Beaver Falls, and Gateway senior D.J. Boyce is one of several top area players gearing up for the quadruple-header of action.

This year's event features four games — two girls and two boys contests — and the players are selected from the WPIAL; Pittsburgh's City League; Districts 6, 9 and 10; and area prep schools.

A game combining girls players from Class A and AA teams will be at 2 p.m. and the girls game between the stars of Class AAA and Quad-A will be at 4.

The Class A and AA boys stars will play at 6, and the final game pits the AAA boys against their Quad-A counterparts at 8.

Roundball Classic co-organizer Allen Deep said Boyce will be one of the Quad-A point guards, and he will join a list of recent Roundball participants from Gateway that includes Devon Cottrell, Mike Kromka, Barnett Harris, Tyler Scott and Anna Coutsoumbis.

“The Quad-A (boys) team is very talented and powerful,” Deep said. “There are a number of good shooters, scorers and ball handlers.”

Boyce and his Gateway teammates faced WPIAL champion and PIAA semifinalist New Castle twice in the 2013 playoffs, and now Boyce will be on the same side in the game with Red Hurricane stars Brandon Domenick (guard), Antonio Rudolph (guard) and Shawn Anderson (forward).

Also on the Quad-A team are Mt. Lebanon's Justin David, Seneca Valley's Easton Bazzoli, Moon's Nick Korzi, Upper St. Clair's Jordan Grabowski, North Allegheny's Sean Hennigan, Peters Township's Gabe Pritz, Mt. Lebanon's Tyler Roth, Penn-Trafford's Corey Stanford, Norwin's Matt Stewart, Pittsburgh Central Catholic's David Urso, Bethel Park's Wyatt Hagerty and Pine-Richland's Tim Williams.

Deep said that Geno Thorpe, a senior from Shaler and a Penn State recruit, was selected for the event, but he won't play.

Deep said Thorpe has been out of touch with Roundball officials, and he isn't 100 percent sure why.

“We heard from him when we first selected him, and for the last three or four weeks, no one had heard from him,” Deep said.

New Castle's Ralph Blundo will coach the boys Quad-A stars, while Montour's Adam Kaufman will coach the AAA team.

“We have a lot of good coaches in the WPIAL, and there's not many as good as Ralph,” Deep said.

“Blundo and Kaufman's teams have had some battles in recent years.”

Montour guard Devin Wilson will be one of the main players for the AAA team. He gave a commitment to Virginia Tech on Monday.

Kittanning's Sterling Henry, a 6-foot-4 guard, averaged 19 points a game this season, and he was an MVP at the Cager Classic all-star game in March at Highlands High School.

“We make the boys buy into the fact that it's a game everybody wants to win,” Deep said. “The worst thing in the world is going to an all-star game and having only a bunch of alley-oops and fast breaks. As usual, the teams will be playing full-court pressure the whole way.”

A live period for NCAA Division I and II coaches begins Friday, and the Pittsburgh Jam Fest AAU Tournament is in Pittsburgh this weekend. Both, Deep said, will contribute to a number of coaches coming to town, and those coaches also will be able to attend the Roundball Classic.

“That will give a lot of the kids another look,” Deep said.

The boys rosters feature seven Associated Press PIAA all-state selections, while there are eight AP PIAA all-state selections on the girls rosters.

The big-school girls game will feature Hopewell's Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, the AP PIAA Player-of-the Year for Class AAA girls hoops.

She will play her final high school game before heading to the University of Maryland.

Tickets are $8 and are good for all four games.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at mlove@tribweb.com.

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