SLU Signees Shine In All-Star Game

ST. LOUIS — Only two of the four Saint Louis University signees expected to participate in the Demetrious Johnson Charitable Foundation All-Star Basketball Game on Saturday night played in the game. But Justin Jordan and Cory Remekun did their best to put on a show.

Jordan and Remekun combined to score 28 points in the National team's 126-123 victory over the Local all-stars at Harris-Stowe State University.

"It was real fun," Jordan said. "It was my last high school all-star game. It was fun. I got to play with some of the best players around Missouri. It was really a good experience."

Jordan, a 5-foot-11 point guard from North Side High in Fort Wayne, Ind., scored half of his 16 points in the fourth quarter when the game was on the line. He went to the free throw line four times in the waning minutes and made all four of his chances.

The unselfish lead guard also hooked up with his future teammate for three buckets in the final 12-minute quarter. Jordan fed Remekun for a two-handed dunk with 9 minutes, 30 seconds remaining and then hit the Texas post player for two more buckets over the next three minutes.

"Cory is super-athletic," Jordan said. "That one dunk he got was great. Hopefully we'll get some of that this year at SLU."

Remekun, a 6-8 forward from Mesquite High in Texas, scored half of his 12 points in the fourth quarter. He sank all four of his free throw attempts in the game and was a factor on the glass and on the defensive end.

"It was fun," Remekun said. "All the guys were cool. Everybody was sharing the ball."

Missouri signee Michael Dixon was named the game's most valuable player after scoring a game-high 24 points for the National all-stars, who had nine of their 10 players finish in double figures in scoring.

Jordan was next with 16 points, followed by Alabama-Birmingham signee Adrien Coleman's 13. Remekun and unsigned California swingman Brandon Tuggle both scored 12 points, while Missouri signees Tyler Stone and Jon Underwood and Texas Southern-bound forward Emory Kelly each added 11. Southern Illinois signee Kendall Brown scored 10 points, including two 3-pointers.

Jerome Jones, a Missouri State signee from nearby Miller Career Academy, led the Local all-stars with 23 points. Texas Southern-bound center Will Clark and Highland (Ill.) Community College signee Connell Crossland both added 18 points and combined for seven dunks. Missouri State signee Michael Porter, Drury University signee Brandon Lockhart and Southeastern Illinois Community College signee Will Kirksey each added 12 points.

NOTES: Dixon is the second straight Tigers signee to be named MVP of the game, following in the footsteps of Marcus Denmon a year ago, and the fourth Mizzou signee to win the award in the last eight years. Keon Lawrence was named the MVP in 2006 and Jimmy McKinney was the MVP in 2002. … Among the other notable players to take home MVP honors in this game were new San Antonio Spurs forward Richard Jefferson in 1998 and Dallas Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett in 2005.

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