Thursday, April 17, 2014

All-Star Saturday Returns for Year 16

For the 16th consecutive year, Capital Transportation’s All-Star Saturday will tip off on Saturday April 19th 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. Five games will tip off immediately after the Easter Egg Hunt starting with the 6-8 year olds, followed by the 9-11 year olds, the middle school game (1:00pm), the first ever girls high school game (2:30pm) then the boys high school game (3:30). The Buckeye Prep Report 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.

For the second year, Victor “Coach Vic” 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 boys high school game:

East All-Stars: Many Powell (Gahanna), Akil Cornish (Africentric), Jahmal Hughes (Eastmoor), Chris Byrd (South), Javon Bess (Gahanna), Babe Murphy (Licking Heights), Shamonty  Manning (Eastmoor), Kenny Sloan (Northland), Donovyn Benson (Mansfield Senior), Brandon Manley (Bloom Caroll), Nate Jameson (Eastmoor) & Mario Davison (Mansfield Senior). Coach: Robbie Taylor.

West All-Stars:  Shamar Waugh (Northland), Corey Howard (Gahanna), Brandon Paschal (Walnut Ridge), Dymiere Finch (Walnut Ridge), Charles Holland  (West), Alex Stephens (Delaware Hayes), Ronnie Williams (Brookhaven), Chris Harris (Toledo Scott), Nate Allen (Toledo Browser) & Fadil Robinson (Toledo Browser). Coach: Chris Crockett.

The middle school game continues to attract elite talent from central Ohio and beyond. This year, the following players will be participating in the middle school game:

East All-Stars: Corey Baker, Seth Goodson, Jack Cravaack, Keaton Upshaw, Donnie Plamer, EJ Williams, Colin Woodside, Tion Jennings, Chase Rankin, Malique Lyshe, BJ Patrick & Brice Todd. Coach: Demarkio Lyshe.

West All-Stars: Darius Quisenberry, Cameron Carlisle, Garrett Tipton, Ross Ryan, Isaiah Speelman,  Isaiah "Sleepy" Payton, TheRon Jennings, Thomas Hickman, BJ Miller, Tripp Hopkins & Eli Hall. Coach: Stevie Taylor

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!


  1. East team correction: Dondre Palmer, not Donnie Plamer. Thanks

  2. what AAU team does Jerome Hunter play for?

  3. I think Nova Villagr