Area to be well represented in all-star game
by Andy Collier
Mar 27, 2014 | 4291 views | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Mississippi Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center 2014 North/South All-Star Boys Basketball game Friday night at Jackson State University will have a strong local flavor in it.

Shaw High School’s Malik Walker and East Side’s Charles Jackson have been chosen to play for the North and the coaches for the North will be Shaw High head coach Anthony Davis and Broad Street head coach Karshae Peterson. The all-star game is strictly for juniors.

Davis and Walker had the great experience of helping Shaw win its first state title in 40 years when the Hawks (26-7) defeated Hinds AHS in the 1A State Title game in Jackson earlier this month. Walker averaged 10.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game.

“I’m excited and ready,” Walker said. “It’s a good feeling to me. I can still play ball, and I’m trying to make a name for myself. I just want to go out there and impress coaches and show them what I can do.”

The 26 wins put Davis’ career total at 293 in 15 seasons at Shaw.

Davis said he is looking forward to coaching the game.

“This is the second time that I’ve coached the game,” Davis said. “As far getting a chance to coach with one of my colleagues and coaching one of my players it’s truly a blessing. It gives the kids another opportunity to showcase their talent.”

Peterson, who is 74-59 in his five-year tenure as head boys basketball coach at Broad Street, has led his team to the North Half Playoffs every year his been at Broad Street.

Peterson said he can’t wait to coach in the all-star game.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Peterson said. “I’m very blessed to have this opportunity and to go in with one my best friends in coach Davis. It makes it real special. It’s really good because my pops (Isaiah Peterson) coached in the all-star game. It’s really good to follow in his footsteps.”

Jackson played an instrumental role in East Side winning the Region 3-3A Boys Basketball Title, the 3A North Half title and finishing runner-up in the 3A State Playoffs with a 27-6 record. Jackson averaged 13.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game for the Trojans.

“It’s a blessing that I get to play with all the best players in Mississippi,” Jackson said.

Friday’s all-star game will start at 7:30 p.m.