University of Illinois recruit Michael Finke and major Division I recruit Larry Austin highlight a high school basketball all-star squad that will take on a metro-east all-star contingent in the inaugural Upstate Illinois vs. Downstate Illinois All-Star Game Saturday at Alton High.
The 7 p.m. game is sponsored by the Southwest Illinois Jets Basketball Club. Tickets are $5 each and will be available at the door. The event includes a slam dunk contest and 3-point shooting contest.
Among the top players scheduled to compete are the 6-foot-9 Finke (Champaign Centennial) and the electrifying Austin, a former Tennessee recruit from Springfield Lanphier who recently reopened his recruitment.
They will be joined by Texas A&M recruit Peyton Allen from Chatham Glenwood and St. Louis University recruit Marcus Bartley from Decatur MacArthur.
Among the metro-east stars are News-Democrat Class 3A-4A Player of the Year and Missouri State recruit Shawn Roundtree from Edwardsville, Southern Illinois University Carbondale recruits Armon Fletcher (Edwardsville) and Deion Lavender (Marquette), Missouri-Kansas City recruit Darius Austin (Cahokia), Drake recruit Carleton Rivers (Cahokia), Tennessee State recruit Darreon Reddick (Belleville East) and Drury recruit Trevor Clay (Edwardsville).
Also on the Downstate roster are Kevin Renner (Althoff), Southwestern Illinois College recruit Detae McMurray (Alton) and Lewis & Clark recruit Mike Williams-Bey (Alton).
Event organizer Dana Morgan said Renner is injured and has been replaced on the roster by Cameron Hunter (Belleville East). Also added to the Downstate roster was Jerrod Simmons-Young from Centralia, a Kaskaskia College recruit.
The Upstate roster includes Jalen Henry (Springfield Southeast), Dedric Byrd (Champaign Centennial), Shea Feehan (Peoria Notre Dame) and Kam Rowan and Sean Suggs (Champaign Central). Henry has signed with SIU Edwardsville.
Coaches are Cahokia High coach Darian Nash and Lanphier coach Blake Turner.