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Roundball Classic showcases top players

| Saturday, April 12, 2008

Roundball Classic director Allen Deep had aspirations to make the event the best all-star game in Western Pennsylvania.

In the Roundball Classic's seventh year, Deep may have done just that.

The event draws its core of players from the WPIAL and a few players from surrounding districts.

"We've gone from being a little, small all-star game," Deep said. "We used to struggle to get players, but for years now, it's the game in Pittsburgh.

"Right now, I'm not one to brag, but it's the premier game, no doubt about it. The response speaks for itself, and the athletes really make the game happen."

The girls tip off at 6:30 tonight, followed by the boys game at 8:30 at Geneva.

The girls game will feature 10 all-state selections and 11 Division I players -- highlighted by Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Player of the Year Jackie Babe of Mt. Lebanon, Upper St. Clair guard Alex Gensler, Pitt recruit and Westinghouse forward/center Shawnice Wilson and Quaker Valley guard Christa Rogers.

Jeannette guard Terrelle Pryor will headline the boys game as one of nine all-state players. Aliquippa forward Jonathan Baldwin, Moon guard Brian Walsh, Schenley guard Deandre Kane and Norwin guard Mike Shanahan also will be featured, among others.

"It should be really entertaining," said Walsh, an Xavier recruit. "It should be real good for all the fans."

Jeannette coach Jim Nesser and Blackhawk coach Andy Hedrick will oppose each other on the sidelines during the boys game. Ambridge coach Kim Tirk and Hampton coach Mary Bukovac will head the girls teams.

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