By Sean Dunlap
An outstanding trio of Franklin County High School hoops players have been selected to take part in the 2021 Mississippi Sports Medicine North-South Junior All-Star basketball games in mid-March.
Bulldogs Head Basketball Coach Rickey Van O’Quinn announced those from his program chosen to play in the contests were JaSharreah Hunt, Calebria McDonald and Kobe Marshall.
“I could not be more proud of these three, and they will represent our basketball programs and our communities well in Clinton,” O’Quinn said.
“Their hard work to get where they are today has not gone unnoticed by coaches from across the state. That’s why they’ve been chosen for this honor.”
Hunt will play for the girls’ 1A-2A-3A South team coached by Calvin Brown of East Marion and Brooks Smith of West Lincoln.
McDonald and Marshall will suit up for the boys’ 1A-2A-3A South team led by coaches Quenton Loving of North Forrest and Corey Mackey of Bay Springs.
The contests, coordinated through the Mississippi Association of Coaches, will be played Saturday, March 20 at the A.E. Wood Coliseum on the Mississippi College campus in Clinton.
The girls game will be played at noon and the boys contest is slated for tipoff at 2:30 p.m.
Hunt, characterized by many as one of the best guards in Mississippi 3A basketball, has already surpassed 1,500 career points during her tenure with the Lady Bulldogs.
“She’s a real student of basketball and works hard whether it’s in practice or in a game situation,” O’Quinn said. “JaSharreah plays with a lot of intensity, and I’ve only seen that grow over the past three-plus years she has played here.”
In regards to McDonald and Marshall, O’Quinn said the duo have consistently shown their desire to work and play hard on the court.
“These are the kind of guys who want to come to the gym every chance they get to be able to shoot and improve their skills,” he added. “They understand what it takes to get better, and have made personal commitments to do just that.”
Of all three players, O’Quinn said their common denominators are a strong work ethic, outstanding leadership abilities and an unparalleled love for the game.
“Having these three chosen for the all star game will hopefully spark other players to want to get a shot at being on that 12-man roster in the future,” he continued.
“Getting named to these teams is a reward for the commitment and sacrifices put forth, and working to be your very best every time you take the floor.”
O’Quinn also praised the efforts of these players and their teammates to battle through the adversity of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It has really been a strange and unusual year, but our kids have found ways to work through the virus situation and find success,” he said.
“Their desire to want to do something special on the court speaks a great deal as to their character, and I am proud to coach them.”