Smoky Mountain alum Jackson Simmons never got a chance to play a basketball game in the Mustangs’ new gym.
That should change on April 10.
Simmons is a senior forward on the University of North Carolina men’s roster and will barring injury be in his hometown for the annual ACC Barnstorming exhibition inside the Mustangs’ new 1,500-set gym.
The ACC Barnstorming tour annually features the conference’s senior basketball players or those who have elected to go pro. The same group of individuals usually participates in the ACC All-Star/Crossfire game in Asheville as well.
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ACC Barnstorming Tour Coming to Sylva
On Friday April 10th, the ACC All-Stars will play in Jackson County for a basketball game at Smoky Mountain High School. This year’s roster is highlighted with players from UNC, Duke, NC State, and Wake Forest. Standouts include Duke’s Quinn Cook, UNC’s Desmond Hubert and Jackson Simmons, NC State’s Ralston Turner, and Wake’s Darius Leonard. This ACC All-Star team will be coached by UNC legend Phil Ford.
General Admission tickets for the game are only $10 presale with a limited number of VIP tickets available for $40. VIP tickets include reserved front row seating during the game and a post game reception with the ACC players after the game. VIP ticket holders are guaranteed at least one autograph from an ACC player or coach. Doors will open at 6:00 pm and the game will tip off at 7:30 pm.
This will mark the 37th year for the ACC Barnstorming Tour, which has traveled with many college basketball legends including Sidney Lowe, Len Bias, Michael Jordan, Tyler Hansbrough, Danny Green, Nolan Smith, and Tyler Zeller. The game will feature a 3-point and dunk contest. Local high school seniors and recent graduates from the county will be playing against the ACC All-Stars. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House and Smoky Mountain High School. The ACC Barnstorming Tour is sponsored and promoted by The Sumner Group. For a complete tour schedule, visit carolinabarnstorming.com.