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KSR’s Guide to the Marshall County Hoop Fest

It’s been a busy week in Kentucky sports, but let’s not overlook another major event this weekend: the Marshall County Hoop Fest.

The nation’s top high school basketball players, college coaches, and national media will converge on tiny Benton, Kentucky for two days of basketball fun. The event will feature two of Kentucky’s 2013 signees, the Harrison Twins, and at least three of their top recruits, including Andrew Wiggins, who many consider to be the top high school player since LeBron. I’ll be covering the event, and in the grand tradition of KSR legends before me, I intend to do it in the most ridiculous manner possible. To get ready, here’s all the info you need to know:

Kentucky recruits/signees playing

2013
Andrew Harrison, Travis High (signed)
Aaron Harrison, Travis High (signed)
Andrew Wiggins, Huntington Prep – Wiggins, AKA “The Golden Egg, ” is the number one player in 2013 and one of Kentucky’s last remaining targets in the class. The 6’8″ small forward has visited Kentucky several times and is expected to chose between the Cats and Florida State. Good things come in threes, so if we steal Coley from FSU, is Wiggins next?

2014
Cliff Alexander, Curie High – Alexander is the 4th best prospect in the 2014 class and is still considering several schools, with Kentucky and Michigan State as his favorites. The 6’9″ 240 lbs. power forward attended Big Blue Madness back in October.

2015
Montaque Gill-Caesar, Huntington Prep – Wiggins’ younger teammate is ranked 18th in the 2015 class, and visited UK’s campus back in September. According to Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford, Gill-Caesar (who has a fancy schmancy name) does not back down from Wiggins during practice, and Cats fans would do well to remember his name.

Derek Willis‘ team, Bullitt East, plays Saturday afternoon, but since Willis was ejected from a game earlier in the week, he will not play.

Will Cal be there?

Do you think he’d miss the chance to see all these guys in action? The team will be traveling back from South Bend on Friday and plays Baylor early Saturday afternoon, so there is a good chance Cal attend either the Friday night or Saturday night session. Since I’m a betting woman, and it’s the session I’m going to attend, I’m guessing Saturday night.

Marshall County AD Jeff Stokes told SNY.tv that there will be “several big name coaches” in attendance is well, which is great, because I’m ready for some awkward pictures of coaches in casual wear. The McDonald’s All-American committee will also be there, hopefully wearing some form of the golden arches.

When does this all go down? (all times central)

Friday – Session 1
4:00 p.m.: Marshall vs. Massac (girls)
5:30 p.m.: Marshall County vs. Massac (Illinois)
7:00 p.m.: Huntington Prep (W. Virginia) vs. Memphis East (Tennessee) — Andrew Wiggins
8:30 p.m.: Oak Hill (Virginia) vs. Curie (Illinois) — Cliff Alexander
10:00 p.m.: Ballard vs. Fort Bend Travis (Texas) — Harrison Twins

Saturday- Session 2
10:00 a.m.: Marshall vs. Mt. Carmel (girls)
11:30 a.m.: Graves Co. vs. Warren Central
1:00 p.m.: Calloway Co. vs. Harrisburg
2:30 p.m.: Hopkinsville vs. Bullitt East

Saturday – Session 3
4:30 p.m.: Marshall Co. vs. Wilson Central (Tennessee)
6:00 p.m.: Madison Central vs. Fort Bend Travis (Texas) — Harrison Twins
7:30 p.m.: Oak Hill (Virginia) vs. Southwind (Tennessee)
9:00 p.m.: Huntington Prep (W. Virginia) vs. Briarcrest Christian (Tennessee) — Andrew Wiggins

Want to Go?

Tickets are still available! Advance tickets are on sale for $25 for all three sessions. Individual sessions will be sold for $10. Tickets can be purchased at the Marshall County athletic office. For more information, contact Jeff Stokes at 270-527-6714 or [email protected]

“Okay, I’m amped! See you there?”

Sure thing. I’ll be the one attempting to eat popcorn and tweet at the same time.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

29 Comments for KSR’s Guide to the Marshall County Hoop Fest



  1. Cornycloser
    1:20 pm November 29, 2012 Permalink

    Do you have two hands?

    1 for popcorn, 1 for tweets



  2. Don Bock
    1:28 pm November 29, 2012 Permalink

    If you don’t get a cheeseburger and fries at Parcell’s Deli, you haven’t lived.



  3. sttops staff
    1:36 pm November 29, 2012 Permalink


  4. Catlanta
    1:36 pm November 29, 2012 Permalink

    Will KSR ever re-release the infamous Suckfest podcast? Maybe charge for it like the top-50 podcast?



  5. Kneel
    1:38 pm November 29, 2012 Permalink

    Go Bruins!



  6. Lane
    1:39 pm November 29, 2012 Permalink

    Good post, but you forgot to mention that another UK committment is going to be there. I know he’s suspended, but Derek Willis and Bullitt East are going to be playing as well.



  7. tonguin' cheek
    1:41 pm November 29, 2012 Permalink

    Cal should pull Willis’ scholarship for being ejected!!! haha jk



  8. ScoldingPoster
    1:42 pm November 29, 2012 Permalink

    uh #6…you forgot to read the entire post, j/s



  9. 3 fan
    1:42 pm November 29, 2012 Permalink

    Cal there on Friday since only time Alexander will play



  10. cathalchan
    1:48 pm November 29, 2012 Permalink

    Stop by the dugout club concession for barbecue nachos!



  11. quietude38
    1:49 pm November 29, 2012 Permalink

    Graves County represent!



  12. Jinx
    1:54 pm November 29, 2012 Permalink

    Travis is playing Madison Central. MC has two senior guards that are touted as D1 prospects (Dominique Hawkins and Ken-Ja Bosley). As a former bball player there (class of 99 with Marquis Estill) I am excited to see how they hold up against the Harrison Twins.



  13. Serious Question
    2:01 pm November 29, 2012 Permalink

    Does Cal fly to Marshall Co.?



  14. jengland
    2:11 pm November 29, 2012 Permalink

    perhaps UCLA’s current achievements with a #1 recruiting class will sway Wiggins to join the elite



  15. Experience
    2:13 pm November 29, 2012 Permalink

    A basketball event not to be missed! #2’s recommendation is legit!



  16. Marshall County '09
    2:28 pm November 29, 2012 Permalink

    Make sure you get a lemon shake up from the choir! Wish I could be there this weekend, but finals are coming up. Go Marshals and go Cats!!



  17. Jefferson Co. CAT fan
    2:33 pm November 29, 2012 Permalink

    See you guys down there. Never heard exactly, what did Willis do to bet booted? Being in his position, I wouldn’t think he has nearly as much latitude to do dumb stuff as some others might. Knowing Cal, I could see him showing up both nights (UK does play early on Sat, right?).



  18. Jefferson Co. CAT fan
    2:40 pm November 29, 2012 Permalink

    #13 – Sure, in a helicopter – and puts down on the football field. Or maybe the roof of the gym and repels down from the ceiling to mid court with the game ball… Put THAT on espn all access, and watch billy d’s head explode.



  19. Matt g
    2:41 pm November 29, 2012 Permalink

    Matt jones why no news or stories on tomorrow’s state football tournament????



  20. Bleed Blue
    2:50 pm November 29, 2012 Permalink

    Willis is in the class of 2013 not 2015. How do you make that mistake?



  21. Catz92
    3:04 pm November 29, 2012 Permalink

    Cal will definitely be there on Friday. I heard they only have 1,000 tickets left-better get them while you can. Go Big Blue



  22. Experience
    3:10 pm November 29, 2012 Permalink

    Those fine folks at Marshall County pay attention to detail, they even have their JV team warming up the nets for all those long range threes that are sure to rain down! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2YcuJwDke4&feature=share



  23. aaron beth
    3:30 pm November 29, 2012 Permalink

    My Dad and I used to rule this tournament.



  24. Anthony
    4:03 pm November 29, 2012 Permalink

    Montague Caesar. That is one hell of an awesome name. Instantly one of the best names in college whenever he gets there. Do his skills compare to his name, anyone know?



  25. MCHS
    4:05 pm November 29, 2012 Permalink

    Go INDIANS!! Central all the way! #beatthetwins



  26. Ryan Anderson
    5:10 pm November 29, 2012 Permalink

    Yep, my school plays the Harrison twins…#BruinNation



  27. RexOwensboro
    5:39 pm November 29, 2012 Permalink

    I keep trying to call the number listed to buy tickets but not having any luck getting ahold of anyone.



  28. West KY
    5:40 pm November 29, 2012 Permalink

    A little ticky tacky, but EVERY year you guys get this wrong. Marshall County HS is one town over from Benton, in Draffenville KY. Just sayin’



  29. Monte
    10:25 am November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Will any of the games be televised on national TV.