ALBANY -- After a few changes, several tweaks and a couple of additional players added to the mix in the last week, the 3rd annual Deep South Classic High School Basketball All-Star game is officially set.
The Classic -- a collection of Southwest Georgia's top high school boys and girls seniors, hailing from both the GHSA and GISA -- will be played March 27 at Darton College.
"I wanted to get the best-of-the-best, no matter if it was from (the) public school (sector) or private," said event organizer Herman Porter, a well-known AAU coach based in Columbus. "And I think we've done that."
Finalized rosters for all four teams were released Tuesday as Porter added three more players who weren't on the original list released last week: Early County's Net Reed and Deerfied-Windsor stars Michael Matthews and Reggie Brown. Brown and Reed were both Herald Super 6 selections in preseason. Other final changes made included correcting Baker County's only player to make the team to Montrez Daniels, while switching Americus' Deonte Fulks to the North All-Stars after he was inadvertently put on the South roster.
The teams were decided based on nominations from coaches and The Albany Herald's sports staff. The South boys and girls teams will be made up of local Albany talent from the metro area, while the North boys and girls teams are comprised of players who hail from Albany's surrounding areas, stretching as far as Thomasville.
The coaches for the four teams -- the North and South girls and North and South boys -- were announced last week. For the South teams, the coach of the girls team will be Albany High's Telly Turner, while the boys will be coached by Monroe's Marquis Davis.
For the North, the teams will be coached by Thomasville boys head coach Ben Tillman and Thomasville Lady Bulldogs coach Thomas McAboy.
There will also be a 3-point and dunk contest prior to the girls game at 7 p.m. and boys game at 8:30 p.m. The price of admission is $10.
For more information, call Porter at (706) 329-4442.