|Clayton Earns 2nd GACA MVP Honor|
Clayton Named Georgia North-South MVP
For the second year in a row, Charlotte 49ers signee Willie Clayton has shined at the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA) North-South All-Star Game.
Clayton, a 6-7 forward from Thomasville, Ga., scored a game-high 26 points to lead the South squad to a 126-96 victory, in the state's Senior Boys All-Star game, Mar. 24 at Armstrong Atlantic State University. Clayton, who was named the South squad's MVP for the second straight year, scored 20 of his points in the second half, including 12 of the South's first 14 points of the frame. He added 18 rebounds in the contest.
"I was just having fun out there, that's what this game is all about," Clayton said, afterwards. "I'm looking forward to playing against a lot of these guys in college."
Last year, in the GACA North-South Junior All-Star Game, Clayton also won MVP honors after leading the South to a 112-98 victory. Clayton scored 33 points with 22 rebounds, in that game. Fellow 49ers signee Darion Clark, a Conyers, Ga. native, added 12 for the North squad.
Clark Completes Perfect Season; National Champ
Darion Clark enjoyed a perfect season at Oak Hill Academy, this winter. Clark, a 6-7 forward from Conyers, Ga., was a key member of Oak Hill's undefeated 44-0 season, which included a final #1 national ranking. The 44 wins is the most in the history of the program, which had won seven previous national titles.
Lester Lights It Up at Carolinas Classic
Charlotte 49ers signee Shawn Lester hit 4-of-5 three-point attempts and scored 12 points with six rebounds in the Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic. A 6-3 guard out of Mooresville Senior High School, Lester, one of 10 players on the North Carolina All-Star team, added six rebounds. The South Carolina All-Stars picked up the 100-96 victory, however, Mar. 17 at Socastee H.S. in Myrtle Beach.
Lester was also named to the Jordan Brand Classic's Regional Game. The Regional Game will feature the top prep players from the state of North Carolina. The Jordan Brand Classic will take place at Time Warner Cable Arena on Saturday, April 14th.