PREP SPOTLIGHT: 252 Classic
By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Senior high school basketball players from around the area will meet at Fike High School in Wilson on March 24 to participate in the first 252 Classic. The event, created by Jeremy Jeffers, will help local unsigned seniors gain more college exposure, and for others, may be the final time the play in the area. Preps beat writer Jake Keator spoke with Jeffers about the event.
Q: What gave you the inspiration to create this event?
A: “I really care about the kids in our area. Some of these kids don’t get as much exposure as they would in Raleigh, Greensboro or other areas due to the limited resources we have. I really wanted to do it for the fans and the players in our area and help those players get some more camera time.”
Q: Who are some of the players who are invited?
A: “A few of the guys we’ll have are Imajae Dodd from Greene Central, Shykeim Phillips and Jahzeer Baker from South Central, Toyaz Solomon from Northwest Halifax, which is a name a lot of people don’t know yet, and Dyquavis Wilkins from Farmville Central, to name a few.”
Q: How did you go about selecting who would be invited?
A: A lot of it was Anthony Bruton with Bucketreel. He creates highlights and mixtapes for kids in our area and he’s big on helping them get exposure. He and Rod Bridges of the Hoopstate Network, which will be doing media coverage for us, made the choices.”
Q: What kind of events will there be?
A: “We will have the game and our dunk contest. The dunk contest will happen first at 6 p.m.. Doors open at 5 p.m. and will followed by the dunk contest. Tickets are $10 and are only available at the door.
Q: What does it say about the kids in the area that they are continuing to try and gain exposure after the season?
A: “I believe it shows tremendous tenacity and motivation. The AAU programs are far away, so some of these kids drive to Raleigh, Greensboro and even Charlotte sometimes. They’re all out west. It speaks volumes about who they are and their character.”
Q: Is there a possibility that you’ll add a girls game in the future?
A: “We wanted to see how it went the first time, but there is definitely a chance we will add a girls event. I’ve had girls call asking about it and it’s something I’m definitely willing to do.”
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Parrott Academy 2, Grace Christian 1
Parrott Academy walked away with a win in its conference opener thanks to a late goal by Megan Blair off an assist from Alex Melk. Melk also recorded the APA’s first goal of the night.
APA (5-1, 1,-0) will host Cape Fear Friday.
Cape Fear 7, Parrott Academy 2
The Patriots (5-2) managed just one win in each phase of the match on Tuesday against Cape Fear.
In singles, William Hill opened the action with a win for Parrott, but the Pats got rolled from there, getting their only other win at No. 1 doubles from the tandem of Hill and J. Allen Smith.
Parrott is back in action today against Rocky Mount Academy.