McGee anticipates All-Star experience

Published 5:00 am Friday, July 10, 2009

Marcus McGee could have an opportunity to display hisversatility in Saturday’s Mississippi Association of Coaches HighSchool All-Star Boys Basketball Game. The rising Brookhaven seniorathlete has played every position on the court during his varsitycareer.

McGee, a strong, 6-foot-4 athlete, will be playing for the Southsquad tomorrow. The 55th annual North-South Boys Game tips off at 3p.m. in Mississippi College’s A.E. Wood Coliseum. It will bepreceded by the 45th annual Girls Game that begins at 1 p.m. Thegames are sponsored by Mississippi Sports Medicine.

The All-Stars showcase their skills tonight at MC with a 3-pointshooting and slam-dunk competition, starting at 7:30. An autographsession begins at 6:30.

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McGee’s playmaker ability was evident during this past seasonwhen former Brookhaven coach Ronald Hines had him working as apoint guard. When Preston Wilson was hired to replace Hines inJune, Wilson moved McGee to forward.

It has been a learning experience for Wilson and the BHSbasketball team as they went through offseason drills and summercamp together for the first time.

“Marcus has come in and had a decent work habit,” said Wilson.”He has adjusted to the change.

“We plan to play him more at a forward position rather than atpoint guard. He has adapted to that.

“Marcus does a good job passing the basketball,” Wilsoncontinued. “We will play him at the post position as well He does agood job posting up with his back to the basket.”

From 1995 to 2001, Wilson served as head coach at BHS, compiling151 wins, and 49 losses, capturing three district championships.The Gibsland, La. native has a new assistant coach in JoshBass.

Bass was an assistant to Wilson last year at LawrenceCounty.

McGee said Wilson has a knowledge of the game. “Coach Wilsonknows his basketball. I have to get used to playing forward.”

Rejavian Stewart is working as BHS point guard this summer.

McGee said he was excited about the opportunity to play in theall-star game. “I’m really looking forward to it,” said McGee. “Itshould be a good game.”

McGee said he enjoys watching guard Maurice (Mo) Williams of theCleveland Cavaliers play basketball in the NBA. Williams is aJackson Murrah graduate.

Brookhaven was last represented in the all-star game in 2007.Lady Panthers Swayze Black and Nikki Byrd represented BHS two yearsago and later signed scholarships with LSU and Ole Missrespectively.

Looking to the future, McGee said he thought about MemphisUniversity and Mississippi State as college choices. He wants tomajor in business.

McGee is the only all-star player from District Seven thisseason. He averaged 9.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists pergame as the Panthers finished 12-16.

The South will count on 6-6 post players Antonnio Benton of OakGrove and Reshad Bickham of Jim Hill for rebounds and scoring fromthe paint.

Coaching the South boys are Ronald Norman of Wayne County andCrandal Porter of Newton. North coaches are Greg Carter ofStarkville and Leroy Cotton Jr., of Cleveland East Side.