All-Stars prepare for border battle

By Justin Felder - bio | email

SOCASTEE, SC (WMBF) – The 13th Annual Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic puts the best of the best from the Tar Heel state against their rivals from the Palmetto State.

"There's a lot of rivalry between us going on for a while now," said Darlington High School's Jordan Scott, playing for South Carolina's team.  "Especially at AAU tournaments and camps and stuff."

It's a rivalry players and coaches take seriously.

"They're representing not only their school, their families, but also the state of North Carolina," said North Carolina girls' head coach Tim Raines.  "We as coaches see it as a big honor."

The players aren't too hung up on the rivalry or competition.  Meeting new people and playing with and against such talented players is a treat for these high school stars.

"It shows you where you are in the game, playing against other top players," said South Carolina guard Jazzmine Johnson, who is going to play college basketball at Seton Hall.  "It shows you where your skill level is compared to other [Division 1] prospects."

The Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic will be broadcast live on  The girls' game tips off at 6:30pm Saturday evening, boys will follow at 8:30 p.m.  Both games are held at Socastee High School.

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