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  • Jadyn Bright, Elijah Macklin

Allen Iverson Roundball Classic

The​ ​Allen​ ​Iverson​ ​Roundball​ ​Classic​ ​was​ ​held​ ​from​ ​April​ ​19th​ ​to​ ​April​ ​21st.​ ​​ ​The​ ​three​ ​day​ ​event contained​ ​the​ ​nation’s​ ​top​ ​24​ ​senior​ ​basketball players​ ​from​ ​many​ ​high​ ​schools.

It​ ​started​ ​off​ ​with​ ​a​ ​Slam​ ​Dunk​ ​Contest​ ​and​ ​a​ ​Three-Point​ ​Shootout​ ​at​ ​Allen​ ​Iverson’s​ ​alma mater,​ ​Bethel​ ​High​ ​School​ ​in​ ​Hampton,​ ​VA​ ​on​ Wednesday,​ ​April​ ​19th.​ ​​ ​On​ ​Thursday,​ ​an​ ​awards ceremony​ ​was​ ​held​ ​for​ ​the​ ​first​ ​recipient​ ​of​ ​Iverson’s​ ​National​ ​Player​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Year.​ ​​ ​Finally​ ​on​ ​April 21st,​ ​an​ ​All-American​ ​basketball​ ​game​ ​was​ ​played​ ​at​ ​Churchland​ ​High​ ​School​ ​in​ ​Portsmouth, VA.

Matt​ ​Coleman​ ​and​ ​Dajour​ ​Dickens​ ​were​ ​the​ ​only​ ​two​ ​local​ ​players​ ​to​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​this​ ​huge event.​ ​​ ​Coleman​ ​is​ ​from​ ​Norfolk,​ ​VA,​ ​and​ ​attends​ ​Oak​ ​Hill​ ​Academy​ ​in​ ​Mouth​ ​of​ ​Wilson,​ ​VA.​ ​​ ​He received​ ​multiple​ ​offers​ ​to​ ​different​ ​colleges​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Duke,​ ​Kansas,​ ​and​ ​Louisville,​ ​but​ ​signed with​ ​Texas. Dickens’s​ ​hometown​ ​is​ ​Hampton,​ ​VA​ ​and​ ​he​ ​attends​ ​Bethel​ ​High​ ​School.​ ​​ ​He​ ​has​ ​committed​ ​to Providence​ ​College​ ​in​ ​Rhode​ ​Island. Another Virginia​ ​connection​ ​is​ ​Naji​ ​Marshall.​ ​​ ​Although​ ​he​ ​isn’t​ ​from​ ​Virginia,​ ​he​ ​attends​ ​Hargrave Military​ ​Academy​ ​in​ ​Chatham,​ ​VA.​ ​​ ​He​ ​will​ ​attend​ ​Xavier​ University​ ​in​ ​Cincinnati,​ ​Ohio.

The​ ​basketball​ ​game​ ​was​ ​an​ ​exciting​ ​event​ ​with​ ​the​ ​gym​ ​of​ ​Churchland​ ​High​ ​School​ ​packed​ ​with fans​ ​of​ ​Iverson​ ​and​ ​the​ ​players.​ ​​ ​Even​ ​the​ ​popular​ ​radio​ ​station​ ​of​ ​Hampton​ ​Roads,​ ​103​ ​JAMZ, partook​ ​in​ ​the​ ​event.

The​ ​game​ ​was​ ​competitive​ ​from​ ​the​ ​start​ ​of​ ​the​ ​clock,​ ​with​ ​both​ ​teams​ ​going​ ​back​ ​and​ ​forth scoring​ ​on​ ​each​ ​other.​ ​​ ​Soon,​ ​it​ ​became​ ​a​ ​dunking​ ​contest​ ​as​ ​the​ ​crowd​ ​oohed​ ​and​ ​aahed.​ ​​ ​By halftime,​ ​Team​ ​Honor​ ​pulled​ ​away​ ​from​ ​Team​ ​Loyalty​ ​making​ ​the​ ​score​ ​98-70.

During​ ​halftime,​ ​ICONZ,​ ​a​ ​Virginia​ ​Beach​ ​step​ ​team,​ ​gave​ ​a​ ​magnificent​ ​performance.​ ​​ ​Iverson also​ ​signed​ ​autographs​ ​and​ ​took​ ​pictures​ ​with​ ​the​ ​fans.

The game resumed and Team Honor continued to win the game. The final score (with Team Honor pulling away with the win) was 198-152.

The MVPs for the game were chosen according to the highest scoring percentage on both teams. PJ Washington, a 6’9 power forward, received MVP for Team Honor with a game high 37 points. Brandon McCoy, a 6’11 and 240 pound center, received MVP for Team Loyalty for his 34 point game.

Brandon McCoy after the game.

Iverson plans to make this an annual event in the world of basketball. In a recent interview with WTKR News 3, Iverson said, “I believe that the Allen Iverson Roundball Classic will be a positive contribution to the rising youth in the world of basketball.”

Photos: Elijah Macklin

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