Following the girls game at 7:30 the senior boys tip-off the All-Star Showcase at Biloxi High. St. Martin coach Charlie Pavlus and Biloxi head coach Seber Windham held a practice session Wednesday.
Pavlus and Windham decided to come up with the All-Star games since so many Mississippi Gulf Coast basketball players were consistently left off All-Stars game in Jackson.
Pavlus said, "We've just trying to take the top 80 players representing the Mississippi Gulf Coast, give they an opportunity to get out in front of their fans. For the seniors a chance to put on that jersey for one last time, to represent their school, have a little pride with their mom and dad."
He added, "So many times over the years worthy basketball players in both the girls and boys basketball ranks were left off All-Stars rosters from the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Basketball Classic and the North-South All-Star games. That was the main reason Windham and I decided to develop the showcase basketball games."
Windham said, "Players really look forward to it. I think the coaches look forward to it also and it looks like right now the way the fans have come out and supported the games... I think they really look forward to it."
Gulfport's Richaud Floyd will be playing in his last basketball game. In February Floyd signed a football scholarship with Missouri and the Tigers coaching staff has Floyd slotted at wide receiver. He says he's looking forward to hit the basketball court on the coast for one last time.
"It definitely means a lot just to be around these great athletes and great players, "stated Floyd. "I'm just honored to be in it and get chosen."
The underclassmen get a chance to display their basketball talents Friday night at Biloxi High.
The girls tip-off at six, followed by a 3-point and slam dunk contests at 7:30. The boys game is slated to begin Friday night at 8.
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