Four Western North Carolina basketball players and one coach are part of Monday night’s East-West All-Star games in Greensboro.
Tip-off times are 6:30 p.m. for the girls and 8:30 for the boys inside the Greensboro Coliseum.
Here are the bios of the WNC participants from the N.C. Coaches Association which annually puts on the East-West games:
Amanda…Hayesville High…5-9…guard…coached by Chad McClure…as senior, named NCPreps 1A All-State, All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year, Battle of the States Tournament MVP…as junior, named All-Conference, Battle of the States All-Tournament…as sophomore, named All-Conference, Battle of the State All-Tournament…scored over 1,000 career points and grabbed over 1,000 career rebounds…also named All-Conference in soccer and named West Region Field Athlete of the Year in track and field…president of National Honor Society…National Merit Scholar Commended Student…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Mercer University where she will major in engineering…wants to pursue a career at Disney as an imaginer…her mom is her role model…favorite college athlete is Breanna Stewart…favorite pro athlete is Kyle Korver…says “I’m honored to be chosen to play in the all-star game and excited to get to play with some of the best players from across the state.”
Vanessa…Franklin High…5-11…coached by Scott Hartbarger…as senior, named NCPreps 2A All-State, All-Regional, All-District, All-Conference, Player of the Year…as junior, named All-State, All-Regional, All-District, All-Conference…as sophomore, named All-Conference…also competed in volleyball and track…plans to attend USC Upstate where she will major in physical therapy…wants to pursue a career as a physical therapist for a team and travel…Coach Hartbarger is her role model…says “I am super excited to be playing in the all-star game. I expect to gain a better understanding of performance practice for college.”
West head coach is entering his 5th season at C.A Erwin High where his teams have gone 67-35 in 4 seasons…he has compiled a career record of 271-133 in 16 seasons and his teams have won 5 conference regular season titles and 3 conference tournament titles and made 15 state playoff appearances…named 2014 Conference Coach of the Year after his team completed its first undefeated regular season in school history and were the highest scoring public school in the nation…also named Coach of the Year in 2015…previously coached at North Buncombe High…born in Hickory, NC…1989 graduate of East Burke High where he lettered in three sports: cross country, basketball, and golf…1993 graduate of Appalachian State University…earned his Master of School Administration from Western Carolina in 2008…says “Coaching in this game is a huge honor. Up to this point it is the highlight of my career. I am very excited to represent Erwin High School and the western part of North Carolina. I am looking forward to meeting and coaching 10 of the best players in our state.”
Daniel…North Buncombe High…6-3, 165…guard…coached by Joey Bryson…as senior, named NCPreps 3A All-State, Citizen-Times All-WNC Player of the Year, All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year, District Player of the Year…averaged 22.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.2 steals, 2.8 assists…as junior, named All-Conference, All-District, All-WNC…as sophomore, named All-Conference, All-WNC…all-time leading scorer at North Buncombe High with 1,947 career points…plans to attend and play basketball for North Greenville University where he will major in education…wants to pursue a career with the NC State Highway Patrol…his parents and Coach Joey Bryson and Coach Chuck Robinson are his role models…favorite pro athlete is Cristiano Ronaldo…says “I’m expecting to gain a great experience playing in the all-star game. I feel very blessed to be able to participate in such a big even with great talent.”
Malik…Erwin High…6-5, 185…forward…coached by David Rhoney…as senior, named NCPreps 3A All-State, All-WNC, All-Conference, Blue and White All-Star…as junior, named All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year, 3A All-State, WNC District 12 Player of the Year…as sophomore, named All-Conference, All-WNC…scored 1,397 career points…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with USC Upstate where he will major in pre-dental…wants to pursue a career as a dentist…his mom is his role model…favorite pro athlete is Paul George…says “It’s an honor to even be nominated to play in the all-star game, and I’m excited to end my high school experience on this note. I hope to be able to play against and with the best players in North Carolina.”