Meet the East-West Mens Basketball Teams

Bios of the members of the East-West Football Teams.

East

Kenneth Bazemore, Jr.
Kenneth…Bertie High…6-5, 186…guard…coached by Calvin Moore…as senior, named All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year, All-Roanoke-Chowan Player of the Year, team captain…selected as North-South All-Star…as junior, named All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year, All-Roanoke-Chowan Player of the Year…as sophomore, Coaches Award recipient…also competed in track and field where he was All-State and All-Regional in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays…member of Honor Roll, Who's Who…named Student of the Month…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Old Dominion University…Jay-Z is his role model…favorite college athlete is Kevin Durant…favorite pro athlete is Kobe Bryant…says "I expect this game to be intense and fun."

Justin Burton
Justin…Riverside High…5-10, 160…guard…coached by Tim Ross…as senior, named All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year, Glaxo Holiday All-Tournament, team captain…averaged 17 points, 5 assists…as junior, named All-Conference, All-Area…as sophomore, named All-Conference, All-Area, Bull City Class MVP…1,000career points…undecided about where he will attend college…plans to major in sports management…wants to pursue a career as a sports agent…his parents are his role models…favorite college athlete is Kevin Durant…favorite pro athlete is Chris Paul…says it is "an honor to be selected to play in the all-star game. I look forward to meeting new people and playing with North Carolina's best."

Sean Grzeck
Sean…Hoggard High…6-7, 205…forward…coached by Brett Queen…as senior, named All-Conference, All-Area, Conference Co-Player of the Year, team captain, Shootout by the Sea Tournament MVP, Leon Brogden All-Tournament…averaged 15.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.7 steals…as junior, named All-Conference, All-Area, team captain…averaged 14.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.7 steals…member of National Honor Society, Beta Club, Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership, Fellowship of Christian Athletes…undecided about where he will attend college…plans to major in business…his parents are his role models…favorite college athlete is Travis Walton…favorite pro athlete is Reggie Miller…says he is "excited to be playing in the all-star game. I will gain experience from playing against the top players in the state."

Yorel Hawkins
Yorel…Apex High…6-5, 210…forward…coached by David Neal…as senior, named All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year, Glaxo Holiday All-Tournament, NC Preps All-State…averaged 23.6 points, 10.1 rebounds…as junior, named All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year…averaged 20.8 points, 8.9 rebounds…as sophomore, averaged 7.9 points, 5.6 rebounds…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Fairfield University…would like to play professional ball…his mother is his role model…favorite college athlete is Kevin Durant…favorite pro athlete is LeBron James…says "It's a great honor to be playing in the all-star game. I expect to have fun and play against great talent."

DeAngelo Jackson
DeAngelo…Harnett Central High…6-8, 180…forward…coached by Will Gage…as senior, named All-Conference, Academic All-Conference…averaged 12.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 blocks…member of Foreign Language League…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with UNC Greensboro where he will major in international business…Steve Billups is his role model…favorite college athlete is Kevin Durant…favorite pro athlete is Tayshaun Prince…says "It is a great honor to represent my school in the all-star game, and I look forward to competing against such high quality players."

DaQuan Joyner
DaQuan…Goldsboro High…6-7, 210…forward...coached by Randy Jordan...as senior, named All-Conference, All-Area, 2A All-State, team Co-MVP…Coach's Award recipient…averaged 16.3 points, 11.2 rebounds, 6.6 blocks…as junior, named All-Conference, All-Area, team Co-MVP…also competed in football…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with East Carolina University where he will major in business management…wants pursue a career in the NBA or own his own business…his mother is his role model…favorite college athlete is Kevin Durant…favorite pro athlete is Dwayne Wade…says "I feel to be selected to the all-star game is an accomplishment of a goal. I expect to gain experience on a higher level and to gain new friendships."

Jontae Sherrod
Jontae…Tarboro High…6-4, 190…guard…coached by LeShaun Jenkins…as senior, named McDonalds All-American, All-Conference, All-Area, team MVP…as junior, named All-Conference, All-Area, team MVP…as sophomore, named All-Conference, All-Area, team Best All-Around…member of Honor Roll…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with East Carolina University…his mother is his role model…favorite college athlete is Acie Law…favorite pro athlete is Kobe Bryant…says "I feel great being able to play in this all-star game. I expect to gain a lot more hype and get a little bit more exposure."

Ford Tanner
Ford…South Johnston High…6-7, 210…forward…coached by David Dewey…as senior, named All-Conference, team Co-MVP…averaged 21.1 points, 12.4 rebounds, 3.1 blocks…as junior, named All-Conference…averaged 14.7 points, 10.4 rebounds…as sophomore, averaged 84. points, 9.5 rebounds…member of National Honor Society…NCHSAA Scholar Athlete, Junior Marshall, Brevard Book Award…plans to attend UNC Chapel Hill where he will major in business administration…wants to pursue a career as a college basketball coach…his father is his role model…favorite college athlete is Tyler Hansbrough…says he is "excited to be playing in the all-star game. It's such a great opportunity to play with guys at this level. You learn stuff, meet people, and develop relationships that will last for the rest of your life."

Adam Wire
Adam…Pinecrest High…6-6, 210…forward…coached by Mike Apple…as senior, named All-Conference, Holiday in Pines All-Tournament…averaged 13 points, 11.3 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists…as junior, averaged 14 points, 9 rebounds…also competed in football freshman and sophomore years…plans to attend Cornell University where he will major in business…his parents Mike and Cheryl Wire are his role models…favorite college athlete is Acie Law…favorite pro athlete is Shaquille O'Neal…says "I feel it's a great honor to be one of the few athletes selected to play in the all-star game, and I expect to play with and against better, more "college-like" competition."

Brock Young
Brock…Broughton High…5-11, 180…guard…coached by Jeff Ferrell…as senior, named All-Conference, Conference Co-Player of the Year, team MVP…averaged 21.7 points, 6.1 assists, 3.1 steals…as junior, named All-Conference, team MVP…averaged 20.5 points, 3.7 assists, 3.4 steals…as sophomore, named All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year, team MVP…averaged 17.4 points, 5.4 assists, 3.7 steals…all-time school leader in assists and steals…2nd in school history in scoring…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with East Carolina University…wants to pursue a career in the NBA…his brother and his uncle are his role models…favorite pro athlete is Steve Nash…says "I feel excited because it is my first time in an all-star game. I am expecting to gain friendship and to play against the best."

West

Ray Allison
Ray…Northwest Cabarrus High…6-7, 200…forward…coached by Daniel Jenkins…as senior, named All-Conference, team MVP…averaged 8.5 points, 6 rebounds, 3.1 blocks, 2.9 steals, 2.8 assists…as junior, averaged 7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2 steals, 1.6 assists…as sophomore, averaged 5.3 points, 4 rebounds, 1.3 assists…member of Honor Roll…plans to attend Rockingham Community College…his father is his role model…favorite college athlete is Ty Lawson…favorite pro athlete is Tracy McGrady…says "Participating in this year's East-West All-Star Game is a great experience for me. I expect to be playing against the top players in North Carolina, seeing exactly where I stand. Experience and getting better is what I expect to gain from this all-star game."

DeMarquis Bost
Dee…Concord High…6-3, 180…guard…coached by Andy Poplin…as senior, named All-State, All-Conference, West Regional MVP, State3A Final MPV, NC/SC All-Star Game MVP, Charlotte Pro-Am Game MVP…as junior, named All-Conference, West Regional MVP…as sophomore, named All-Conference…also competed in football where he was the MPV of he state final…undecided about where he will attend college…his mother is his role model…favorite pro athlete is Allen Iverson…says he is "very excited about the chance to play in the all-star game. I expect to meet some new people."

Jamel Carpenter
Jamel…West Rowan High…6-2, 200…forward…coached by Mike Gurly…as senior, named All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year, All-County, County Player of the Year…averaged 16 pointes…as junior, named All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year, All-County, County Player of the Year…as sophomore, named All-Conference, All-County, All-Piedmont…scored 1,470 career points (3rd in school history)…also played football where he was named All-Conference…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Florida Community College at Jacksonville…wants to pursue a career in basketball…favorite college athlete is Junior Hairston…favorite pro athlete is Scooter Sherrill…says "Being picked to play in the all-star game makes me feel really good because I know there are a lot of players that want to be on this team."

Joshua Chavis
Josh…Dudley High…5-9, 162…guard…coached by David Price…as senior, named All-Conference, All-Area, All-Region, Little Four All-Tournament…averaged 18.6 points, 8.2 assists…as junior, named All-Conference…averaged 13.2 points, 10 assists…as sophomore, led team in assists…played on 2 state championship teams…member of FCA…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with USC Upstate where he will major in biology…wants to pursue a career as a dentist…favorite pro athlete is Jason Kidd…says "I'm really glad to be playing in the all-star game, and I hope to gain new friendships and great experience."

Darius Cox
Darius…Monroe High…6-7, 190…center…coached by Johnny Sowell…as senior, named All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year, Enquirer-Journal Player of the Year…as junior, named All-Conference…also competed in football, where he was named All-Conference, and Track and Field, where he was named state champion in the 4x200 relay and the triple jump…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Tennessee State where he plans to major in education…wants to pursue a career as a math teacher…favorite college athlete is Kevin Durant…favorite pro athlete is Dirk Nowitski…says "I feel good about being selected to play in the all-star game.. I expect to learn how to play with the best and come together as a team."

Donterious Hughes
Donterious…Hunter Huss High…6-2, 192…guard…coached by Roy Bray…as senior, named All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year, All-Gazette, team captain…chosen to play in the Charlotte All-Star Classic…as junior, named All-Conference, All-Gazette, team captain…as sophomore, named All-Conference, All-Gazette…also played football where he was named All-Gazette…undecided about where he will attend college…plans to major in business…wants to pursue a career as a financial analyst…Mike Fayed is his role model…favorite college athlete is Calvin Johnson…favorite pro athlete is Tracie McGrady…says "I am very honored to be chosen to play in the all-star game and look forward to meeting and making new friends."

Dion Malachi
Dion…Crest High…6-6, 205…forward…coached by John Wall…as senior, named All-State, All-Conference, team MVP…averaged 18.8 points, 13.4 rebounds…scored 1,223 career points…undecided about where he will attend college…will major in athletic training…wants to pursue a career as a professional basketball player…Coach John Wall, his Uncle David Thompson, and his mother are his role models…favorite college athlete is Kevin Durant…favorite pro athlete is Carmelo Anthony…says "It's an honor to play in this game. I am expecting to meet new people, get better, and have fun."

Matthew Rushing
Matthew…East Gaston High…6-4, 174…forward…coached by Ken Howell…as senior, named All-Conference, team MVP…averaged 14.1 points, 8.9 rebounds…also competed in track and field, where he was All-County in the 1600 meter run and the 800 meter relay, and cross country where he was All-County and All-Conference…twice named Male Runner of the Year…member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Montreat College where he will major in business…favorite college athlete is Tyler Hansbrough…favorite pro athlete is Raymond Felton…says "I am excited about getting to play with and meet new teammates. I hope to become a better player playing with the best."

Samuel Smithson
Sam…West Henderson High…6-9, 210…center…coached by Rob Bliss...as senior, named All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year…participated in the NC/SC Game…averaged 20.3 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3 blocks…as junior, named All-Conference…averaged 14 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks…also competed in football…member of DECA, FFA…will attend Hargrave Military Academy…his grandfather Wayne Parrish is his role model…favorite college athlete is J.J. Redick…favorite pro athlete is LeBron James…says he is "excited and honored to be playing in the all-star game. Like the North/South game, this is an opportunity to play with and meet elite players in North Carolina."

Mezie Uzochukwu
Mezie…Northeast Guilford High…6-6, 210…forward…coached by Curtis Hunter…as senior, named All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year, All-Area…averaged 21 points, 11 rebounds…as junior, named All-Conference, All-County…averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds…as sophomore, named All-Conference, Little Four All-Tournament…averaged 13 points, 7 rebounds…member of Honor Roll, Beta Club, Active Peer Helper…plans to attend UNC Charlotte where he will major in engineering…his parents are his role models…favorite college athlete is Kevin Durant…favorite pro athlete is LeBron James…says "Being selected to play in the all-star game is truly a great honor that I will embrace. I expect to gain a sense of appreciation of hard work of others and myself."


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