Star power evident in inaugural 252 Classic All-Star Game

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There’s certainly enough star power on the rosters for the Team Power Foundation’s inaugural 252 Classic High School Senior All-Star Game on Sunday evening at Fike High.

The event, the second benefit by the Wilson-based Team Power Foundation, will feature a dunk contest followed by an all-star exhibition game with 24 players from around eastern North Carolina, including four from Wilson and four more from The Wilson Times readership area. 

Playing on his home court for Team Gold will be Fike senior Elijahwon Cooper, who will have Wilson Prep’s Righteous Tomlin and Greene Central’s Imajae Dodd on his team. Bryson Baker of North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A champion Greenfield will be joined by Tyronne Whitaker of Wilson Prep, Southern Nash’s Darius Edmundson, the 3-A Big East Conference Player of the Year, and Greene Central’s Donte Johnson as teammates on Team Black.

Three members of South Central’s team that won the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4-A championship last Saturday will participate — Shykeim Phillips, Jahzeer Baker and Shyquan Jones.

Farmville Central, which won the state 2-A title and finished unbeaten, will be represented by Dyquavis Wilkins. Another Jaguar, Rande Harper, will compete in the dunk contest. Others participating in the dunk contest are Hunt’s Malcolm Coley, Wilson Prep’s Sean Sanders, Edenton Holmes’ C.K. Everett, Dodd, Wilkins and Tomlin. Coley and Sanders will not play in the all-star game.

Dodd, who has signed with UNC Wilmington, and Phillips of South Central will have a busy weekend as both with play for North Carolina in the Carolinas Classic All-Star Game at Hoggard High in Wilmington.

Other players include Northern Nash’s Joseph Cherry-Blue and Darquez Flowers, Rocky Mount Prep’s Sam Benton and Trevor Batchelor, Harbor’s Caleb Whitley and Kinston’s Judah McBynum.

“We’re trying to bring something positive to our area,” said Team Power Foundation’s Jeremy Jeffers. “Not everybody is a McDonald’s All-American or a Jordan Brand Classic player so we want to have something here that players can participate in. So it’s kind of like our mini-McDonald’s All-American Game.”

Team Power Foundation, which was founded by Jeffers and his former Greenfield School teammate Darian Cahill, put on the “For the Love of the City” benefit basketball games in December, featuring alumni from Wilson high school teams over the past decade and beyond. It was a hit with the community, drawing a packed house at the Fike gym.

The funds raised from that event as well as the 252 Classic will go towards the Team Power Foundation’s efforts, such as providing turkey dinners on Thanksgiving to the needy and buying Christmas presents for selected families in need.

“It’s basically used to help our community and to give back to certain organizations in the community,” Jeffers explained.

The 252 Classic is being done in conjunction with Warriors Life, a foundation for young cancer survivors started by Greenville resident Trabian Barnes, who has three sons who have survived cancer. Barnes is also a member of the Team Power board.

Jeffers said that the dunk contest judges will be cancer survivors.

The doors will open at 5 p.m. with the dunk contest set to begin at 6 p.m., followed by the all-star game between 6:30 and 7 p.m. Admission is $10 and $5 for ages 8 and under.