In its 15th year, Capital Transportation’s All-Star Saturday will get underway this Saturday March 30th at the Bruce Howard Recreation Center (2505 N. Cassidy Ave) in Columbus. As has become a tradition with this popular event, the day’s festivities will begin with a community Easter Egg Hunt followed by a series of all-star basketball games in several age groups. DJ City from Power 107.5 will be returning this year to add his mix of hot music and comedy. Those who have attended the event in the past know how highly anticipated this event has become. All festivities are free to the public and include free food, drinks, face painting and many other fun activities for the kids.
Make no mistake, All-Star Saturday is more than just an Easter Egg Hunt, it’s also about competitive basketball as well. Four games will tip off immediately after the Easter Egg Hunt starting with the 6-8 year olds, then followed by the 9-11 year olds, the middle school game (2:30) then the high school game (3:30). Buckeye Prep has again been asked to select the rosters for the middle and high school games. Participation in the games is totally free, and each player will receive a nice award and a game t-shirt.
Again this year, Victor Dandridge has assembled the high school rosters. This event has always attracted the top players from central Ohio. Some of the past players who have participated in the games include BJ Mullins, Jamel Cornley, Yancy Gates, Elijah Allen, Devon Moore, Jarred Sullinger, Trey Burke, Stevie Taylor, Rob Brandenburg, and Elijah Macon. The following are the rosters for the high school game:
West All-Stars: Omar Diop (South), Lance Leslie (Thomas Worthington), Aaron Jackson (Gahanna), Kris Little (Hartley), Troy Munday (Gahanna), Randall Clarkson (Brookhaven), Deondre Martin (Brookhaven), Claude Bogan (Whetstone) and Jeremy Campbell (Independence),
East All-Stars: Armani Towns (Northland), Ben Baffoe (Northland), Alexis Peterson (Northland), Jaylen Benton (Westerville North), Kenny Robinson (Africentric), Dominique Carti (Marion Franklin), Marquiz Lawrence (Marion Franklin), Patrick Ngeneigwe (Beechcroft) and Wendell Davis (Reynoldsburg).
For the first time this year, the middle school game will draw many of the state’s players in grades 7th & 8th. This year, the following players will be participating in the middle school game:
West All-Stars: Tommy Schmock, Turner Horn, Jayvon Graves, Jarious Ward, Antown Smith, Kelvin Calhoun II, Darious Coker, Seth Goodson, David Fitzgerald, Tyree Harris, EJ Williams and Ty Wiley.
East All-Stars: Keegan Seban, Dylan Dupler, Terell Ajain, Marieon Jackson, Matt King, Taj Clark, Isaiah Speelman, Garret Tipton, Jabari Preston, Kane Cooper and Juan Elmore.
Although the event will showcase some of the top high school and middle school players in the state, the games are really about having fun and just enjoying the festivities. If you are in town and want to see some of Ohio’s top young players, make your way over to the Bruce Howard Recreation Center and check out the action!