Four Dallas County players make All-Star Basketball Game

Published 1:43 pm Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Dallas County will have strong representation in the Alabama All-Star basketball game this summer on July 17 at Alabama State University.

Selma High’s Rodericka Parker and Kylan Brown of Southside will be playing for the South girls’ team. Southside coach Rand Smith will be coaching the South All-Star team against the North.

Ellwood Christian Academy’s Justin Bufford and Arayvion Jones of Keith High will both be playing for the South boys’ team.

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Smith said he’s ecstatic to receive the opportunity.

“It is certainly an honor to represent Southside,” Smith said. “Our young ladies deserve this honor more than me. They put in the hard work to turn our program around. They deserve the credit for our success. I look forward to spending the week with Kylan Brown and Rodericka Parker. Both are great representatives for our community.”

Selma High girls coach Anthony Harris said Parker is the eighth Lady Saints he coached to make the All-Star game.

“Rodericka deserved that honor, I believe she’s one of the top guards in the state,” Harris said.

ECA coach Willie Shears is glad to see the 6-foot-6 Bufford finally earn recognition.

“I think the honor is well-deserved,” Shears said. “Justin put in the work. His honor is good for him, a plus for ECA and he will represent Selma and Dallas County.”

The 6-foot-3 Jones is the second Keith High player over the last 15 years to make the All-Star team, according to Bears coach Clifton Reeves.

“It is something as a coach, I am proud to see,” Reeves said. “Jones works hard and is a good kid. Hopefully, this will motivate him even more for his senior season next year.”