The gym at the old Coppinville Junior High School was the host site for the inaugural Summer Slam Basketball Tournament this past weekend as former high school and college basketball players from the Wiregrass came together to compete for a $4,000 prize.
In total, six teams competed in the tournament that was put together by former Enterprise High School and Troy basketball star Joshua Boykin and Iso League by RYSE Athletics. Those teams consisted of Team LLTG, Team Coffee County, Team Iso League, Team Underdogs, Team D-League and LovHandlez.
In the end, Team D-League – from Dothan – earned the tournament championship, defeating LovHandlez in the championship game. Graceville, Fla. native Willie Kirkland of Team D-League earned Tournament MVP. Kirkland played college basketball at Coastal Carolina and then Arkansas Tech.
Joining Kirkland on the All-Tournament Team were Alphonso Reeves, Courtney Mack, Robert Willis and Jerry Carter. All five of the All-Tournament members played on Team D-League and LovHandlez. Reeves is a Samson native and Mack played collegiately at Talladega College. The tournament also featured a number of local area college and high schools including former Enterprise High School star Tre’Von McNeal – who also played at Enterprise State Community College – and former Daleville star Jaylyn Hinton, who also played football at East Central Community College. Former Elba all-state football and basketball player Richmond Singletary also competed in the tournament.
All of the games were played at the old Coppinville Junior High School gym. Boykin said that next year the “Summer Slam” event would be held in Panama City, Fla.