The All “A” Classic begins tomorrow at McBrayer Arena in Richmond. This tournament is limited to schools with small enrollments. All 16 teams will be in action on Thursday. The tournament wraps up Sunday at 2 p.m.
University Heights Academy (10-8) – Last year, UHA defeated Lexington Christian 52-40 in the championship game to capture their 9th All “A” title in program history. Superstar KyKy Tandy has since graduated and is now playing for Xavier University. Drew McGowan also graduated and is now playing baseball for the Mississippi State Bulldogs. However, several key players return from last year’s title team, including juniors KJ Crump (21.6 ppg) and DJ Quarles (15.2 ppg).
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Hazard (14-2) – The Bulldogs are the top team in the mountains and perhaps the favorite to win the All “A” Classic. They are undefeated against Kentucky competition. Heady junior guard Wade Pelphrey (16.2 ppg) and senior Logan Hall (15.4 ppg) lead the Bulldogs. Hazard is allowing only 50.4 points per game, good for 12th in the state.
St. Henry (12-3) – The Crusaders withstood a 28-point outburst from Scotty Draud, knocking off Beechwood 49-46 in the 9th region final. Earlier in the season St. Henry defeated Lexington Catholic, proving they can compete with any team in the state. Juniors Wyatt Vieth (17.7 ppg) and Jude Bessler (13.3 ppg) are the top scorers. The Crusaders calling card is defense. They are allowing only 48.5 points per game, good for 4th in the state. They are also a very good free throw shooting team, giving them an edge if the game is close.
Bishop Brossart (15-2) – The Mustangs have won 14 straight games. As always, they are a methodical, defensive-minded team. Senior Ethan Eilerman (20.8 ppg), and juniors Carson Schirmer (16.3 ppg) and Stephen Verst (13.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 49% 3FG) all average double figures. Last season, the Mustangs fell to University Heights in very competitive first round game.
Somerset (16-2) – The Briar Jumpers are led by UofL baseball commit Kade Grundy (16.2 ppg). Grundy, a junior who is also a star on the state champion football team, posted 20 points and 6 assists in the double overtime win over Danville in the 12th region finals. Junior Kaiya Sheron (9.6 ppg) is one of the top quarterbacks in the state. Somerset has mostly been blowing teams out this season. They are 4th in the state in scoring margin.
Murray (15-3) – The Tigers have won 11 of their last 12 games due to their superb shooting. Senior big man Darius Duffy (10.9 ppg, 10.9 rpg) is 4th in the state in field goal percentage. Freshman Grant Whitaker (20.0 ppg) is having a great season. Gabe Taylor is shooting an insane 52.6% from 3-point land and Murray is 4th in the state in 3-point percentage.