Alabama basketball signee Herb Jones of Hale County was named most valuable player for the Alabama team in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game, but it was overall an unassuming evening for three Crimson Tide future players at the Dunn-Oliver Arena on the campus of Alabama State University in Montgomery Friday night.
The Mississippi all-stars defeated Alabama, 96-91, in great part because Mississippi outrebounded Alabama by 62-37.
Jones, a 6-7 guard/forward, hit 7-14 field goal attempts and 3-4 free throws for 17 points and had 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals.
Alabama signee Alex Reese, a 6-9 forward from Pelham, had only 3 points, with 1 assist, 1 steal, and 1 blocked shot.
Bama also has a signee who played for the winning Mississippi team. Galin Smith, a 6-10 center from Clinton, had 6 points on 2-4 field goals, 2-2 free throws, and added 8 rebounds, 3 blocked shots, 1 assist, and 1 steal.
Mississippi MVP Jarkel Joiner of Oxford, A Cal State-Bakersfield signee, scored 24 points – 12 in the first half and 12 in the second – to lead the winners. He was 10-of-15 from the field for Mississippi.
Alabama leads the all-time series by 14-13.
The Mississippi girls won the early game 93-86 as the visitors swept the series for the second straight year.