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
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?
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.
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.