All-Star Basketball: Southwest Florida's top seniors will take the court one last time

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All-Star Basketball: Southwest Florida's top seniors will take the court one last time

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All-Star Basketball: Southwest Florida's top seniors will take the court one last time


There aren’t normally many opportunities at all to see the best basketball players in the area all on one floor at once, let alone from six different counties.

That changes this weekend.

The SWFL vs. East Coast All-Star Game is scheduled for this Saturday at Bishop Verot, where players from Charlotte, Collier, Lee, Hendry counties will be squaring off against players from Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

The SFABC boys and girls all-star games will take place on Sunday, where seniors from Charlotte, Collier and Lee counties will take center stage.

For some, this will be their last game. For others, it’s a chance for these seniors to showcase their skills for college scouts.

Lehigh Senior High basketball coach Greg Coleman Jr. embraces Quinton Desamours after defeating Fort Myers 65-60 in overtime in a Class 7A regional semifinal at Suncoast Credit Union Arena on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. (Photo: Ricardo Rolon/The News-Press USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA)

“Any time you get a group of players from this area to face such a group against a talent-rich Miami metro area, it’s a great opportunity for the basketball community to see the talent from both sides,” said SFABC Communications Director and Lehigh head coach Greg Coleman, who will lead the SWFL All-Stars on Saturday.

Coleman coached in last year’s game and said that this is different than an ordinary all-star game.

“What was nice was how competitive it was, because this area generally plays with a chip on their shoulder due to lack of respect compared to the rest of the state. Both teams were in the double bonus last year, and were really getting after it. Both teams will play for and represent their area.”

The talent from the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area is expected, as teams from Miami-Dade and Broward took four out of the nine state championships this season.

Community School of Naples’ Parker Weiss (5) take the ball to the rim in their game with Loyola Academy during the Kelleher Firm Gulfshore Holiday Hoopfest on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. (Photo: Chris Tilley/Special to USA TODAY NETWORK-FLORIDA)

“I’m definitely excited about this one, as it will be my last game,” CSN standout Parker Weiss said. “The recruiting fair is a great event to have this weekend to go along with the game, as it gives us players a chance to meet and interact with the college coaches. It will be nice for a change to finally play with a lot of the guys that I’ve played against over the years,” Weiss added.

On Sunday, The local SFABC All-Star Games focuses solely on Southwest Florida players.

Gulf Coast Senior and University of Tampa signee Mya Giusto will be one of those partaking.

“I’m extremely excited to take the floor again with my girls, and to represent Collier County one last time,” Giusto said. “I think this is a great opportunity for those who are uncommitted. They can show their talent and be seen by college coaches at the next level.”

Giusto’s senior season didn’t go unnoticed. She finished with 12.3 points per game to go along with 7.4 assists, showing her skill day-to-day as arguably one of the best passers in Collier County in recent history.

Mya Giusto of Gulf Coast drives past Tyrelle Williams of Ursuline Academy during the National Division championship game of the Naples Holiday Shootout tournament at Gulf Coast High School on Saturday, Dec.30, 2017. (Photo: Darron R. Silva/Special to the Naples Daily News)

SWFL vs. East Coast All-Stars 

  • WHERE: Bishop Verot High School
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday
  • TICKETS: $5


Trevon Dickerson (Riverdale)

Carlens Etienne (Cypress Lake)

Enrique Hernandez (LaBelle)

Ahmad Johnson (Charlotte)

Cardin Joubert (Gulf Coast)

Izayel Louis Pierre (Immokalee)

Jovan Stulic (Seacrest)

Preston Urbancic (FBA)

Parker Weiss (CSN)

Simon Wilbar (Canterbury)

Coach: Greg Coleman (Lehigh)

Riverdale High School’s Trevon Dickerson scores against Palmetto in the Class 8A regional quarterfinal. Riverdale beat Palmetto 61-54. (Photo: Kinfay Moroti / The News-Press USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA)

SFABC All-Star Games 

  • WHERE:Bishop Verot High School
  • WHEN: Sunday, 1 p.m. Boys; 3 p.m. Girls
  • TICKETS: $5

Oasis Charter High School senior point guard Taylon Hutchins drives to the basket. (Photo: Kinfay Moroti)


Sam Battle (Community Christian)

Caden Chisholm (North Fort Myers)

Shemar Fleurissant (Port Charlotte)

Brandon Gainey (Port Charlotte)

Delshawn Green (Lehigh)

Taylon Hutchins (Oasis)

Gunyr Morill (Lemon Bay)

Tyler Perry (Port Charlotte)

Makai Reaves (Charlotte)

Tom Rene (Lehigh)

Michael Roberts (Fort Myers)

Alex Romero (Port Charlotte)

Coach: Kip Rhoten (Port Charlotte)


Danny Amador (Palmetto Ridge)

Jodeci Chappa (Immokalee)

Blake Donnelly (Ida Baker)

Klajd Kiri (Gulf Coast)

Mark Murray (ECS)

Logan Pearlman (ECS)

Jacob Seigel (CSN)

Andrew Shepherd (Bishop Verot)

Damien Simmonds (Dunbar)

Isaiah Stewart (FBA)

Matthew Talko (Lely)

Whitley Theork (Lely)

Coach: Greg Donahue (CSN)


Rebekah Bergquist (Southwest Florida Christian)

Shania Church (Dunbar)

Alisha Curry (Lehigh Senior)

Michelle Echavarria (Lehigh Senior)

Joy Lewis (Cape Coral)

Riley Ludlam (Fort Myers)

Taylor Mera (North Fort Myers)

Khira Polit (Island Coast)

Charlotte Terry (Bishop Verot)

Crystal Tisme (Cape Coral)

Elizabeth Wetmore (Evangelical Christian)

Claire Woolam (Bishop Verot)


Halie Egam (Barron Collier)

Emilie Josephson (FBA)

Regan Metzger (Neumann)

Grace Kane (Neumann)

Sabrina Bolenbaugh (Neumann)

Matisyn Moses (Charlotte)

Azuree Pascal (Charlotte)

Mya Giusto (Gulf Coast)

Yasmeen Chang (Gulf Coast)

Savannah Reimer (Gulf Coast)

Marina Hodo (Gulf Coast)

Bessline Verneau (Gulf Coast)

Alexa Ruane (Gulf Coast)


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