Brandon Roberts had only one season at West Morgan High, but the star point guard left his mark on the Rebels’ basketball program.
The scoring numbers were, well, staggering.
So, how about an encore?
Ask and you shall receive.
Roberts won’t be wearing a West Morgan uniform, and the game will be played 177 miles from Trinity, but the former Rebels star is stepping on the floor for one last high school basketball game before taking his bag of scoring tricks to Samford.
Roberts and four area girls players have been selected to play in the annual Alabama-Mississippi game, which is March 15 at Alabama State in Montgomery.
Austin’s Takisha Jordan, Athens’ Alliyah Smith, Clements’ DaNeshia Malone and R.A. Hubbard’s Alex Gholston are on the Alabama girls roster.
Decatur coach Jamie Lee is listed as an administrative coach with the Alabama boys team.
“It’s a great opportunity,” Roberts said. “Honestly, I remember other guys from around here, like (former Decatur star) Rico Pickett, who played in this game. Getting picked for this is a huge honor.”
Roberts, a 6-foot-1 point guard, was one of the state’s most prolific scorers. As a senior, he averaged 32.4 points per game, finishing the season with 1,004 points.
Roberts committed to Samford University in late February, picking the Bulldogs over 16 other programs, including Auburn.
“For me, getting an honor like this shows that hard work pays off,” Roberts said. “I’m looking forward to going down there and showing what I can do.”
All five area players named to Alabama all-star rosters have decorated resumes.
Jordan, a 5-7 point guard, led Austin in scoring, averaging more than 14 points per game, while Malone, a 6-0 center, is among the state’s all-time leaders in scoring, rebounds and blocked shots.
Smith, a 6-3 center, led Athens with 8.6 rebounds per game while scoring 9.2 points, and Gholston led R.A. Hubbard with 24 points per game. She signed in February with Alabama’s track and field program.
“Getting picked to play in this game is huge for those young ladies,” Athens coach Eddie Murphree said. “It speaks volumes about the quality girls basketball that’s played around here.”
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