Local hoopsters selected to compete at N.C. East-West All-Star Game

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Gray Cheers, Jada Bacchus and Trae Bryant were selected by the North Carolina Coaches Association to compete at the annual North Carolina East-West All-Star Game to be played at the Greensboro Coliseum on July 20.

Bacchus is headed to Mount Olive after graduation to reunite with former Ashley teammate Felicity Havens, who transferred this past season. The versatile scorer recorded 12 points, five rebounds and 4.7 steals per game her senior year.

Trae Bryant. Photos courtesy Rodney Williams
Trae Bryant. Photos courtesy Rodney Williams.

Bryant was named Mideastern Conference Player of the Year after helping guide Hoggard to a share of the conference title and tournament championship. The Vikings advanced to the third round of the state playoffs thanks to the work of Bryant, who closed his senior campaign averaging 17.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game. Bryant has committed to play basketball at UNC-Asheville.

Cheers has announced intentions to play next year at NCAA Division III Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. The Tigers play in the Old Dominion Conference. Cheers was the 2014 Mideastern Conference Player of the Year and helped lead West Brunswick to the 3A East Regional that year.

The Trojans went 25-4 overall this year and 10-2 in the split 3A/4A Mideastern Conference. West Brunswick went on a 20-game winning streak to start the season, took first place in the regular season standings and advanced to the third round of the state tournament. Cheers was the team’s top scorer this season.

The first East-West All-Star Basketball Game was played in 1949 at Guilford College’s Alumni Gym. When the Greensboro Colsieum opened in 1960, the game moved there. The coliseum has been the site for the 1974 NCAA Finals, many ACC Men’s and Women’s Tournaments and NCAA Regional games.

The first girls East-West All-Star game was in 1975.