Daleville senior basketball stars Shemar Dixon and Kentayvis Valrie got a chance to shine one last time in their high school careers as the two took part in the Second Annual Wiregrass All-Star Basketball Game in Ashford on May 18.
Valrie and Dixon are friends and were obviously teammates at Daleville but were placed on opposite sides in the all-star game with Valrie starting for Team Red and Dixon starting for Team White.
The two Daleville stars were joined with various star players from across the Wiregrass including players from Dale County, Houston County, Pleasant Home, Dothan, Geneva County, Northview, Carroll, Elba, Headland and Abbeville. Enterprise’s Ja’Juan Hayes was also originally selected to play but was unable to compete in the game.
Ashford coach Chase Lewis is responsible for putting the all-star game together as he said he wants to give star players from the Wiregrass an opportunity to play against the best.
“I’m from Indiana and we have all-star games up there all the time for seniors,” Lewis said. “It’s another chance for our seniors to play against the best and give colleges another chance to see these guys playing against the best.
“We have some really great players in the Wiregrass and I want everyone to see that. Throughout the year you play a certain amount of teams (with great players) but you never really get to see the best vs. the best like this.”
Before the all-star game itself, both a three-point contest and slam dunk contest were held at Ashford High School.
Headland’s K’Shun Stokes won the three-point contest but then Daleville’s human highlight reel, Valrie, got to work in the dunk contest.
Valrie became well known during his senior season for his routine highlight worthy slam dunks and even Lewis himself predicting going in that Valrie would steal the show.
“We have some guys here that can straight up fly,” Lewis said of the dunk contest. “I think the kid from Daleville (Valrie) is going to win it but I think it will be amazing.”
Valrie did not disappoint as he started off the contest with a vicious dunk over the top of his former teammate – 6-foot-6-inch Dixon – and then finished off the contest with an eye-popping windmill dunk over both Dixon and another all-star that was even taller than Dixon.
After the dunk contest, Valrie seemed to be in a nice rhythm as he connected on eight straight three-pointers during warm ups for the all-star game. Valrie continued that streak during the game.
While Team White was able to eventually pull away late in the game to ultimately get the win, Valrie led all scorers with 33 points along with a number of blocks and steals on defense. Dixon also had a big game for Team White, scoring 12 points and grabbing six rebounds.
Lewis said that next season he hopes to bring the game to Enterprise to play at Enterprise State Community College.