Tree-House Productions will host the eighth Annual Tree’s All-Star Basketball Classic on Sunday, June 14 at Granite City High School.
This event will host some of the best middle school talent in the area. A well-known event, it has had some great middle school athletes that turned out to be some of the area’s top basketball ball players. Players such as Belleville East’s Malcolm Hill (Illinois), Alton’s JaQuail Townser (Jacksonville State), and Detae McMurray (SWIC) and Marquette Catholic's Deion Lavender (University of Alabama-Birmingham), Collinsville’s Daryn Foster, East St. Louis’ DaShawn Munson (Jackson State), and a number of former Edwardsville high school standouts like Garrett Covington (Western Illinois), Shawn Roundtree Jr. (Missouri State), Armon Fletcher (Southern Illinois), and Trevor Clay (Arizona Christion University), along with a host of other good local players.
There have been a number good players on the girls' side as well. Players such as Edwardsville’s Emmonie Henderson (Louisville), Aaliyah Covington (Saint Louis), Lauren White (SIUE), Kortney Dunbar (Tennessee), Edwardsville/Ladue’s Taylor Robinson (Temple), Alton's Jordann Wilson and Troy's LeAnn Mathews have excelled in the past.
Some of the most recent high school standouts and former Most Outstanding Players that have participated in the Tree's All-Star Basketball Classic are: Edwardsville's Rachel Pranger and Jasmine Bishop, East St. Louis' Janissa Munson and Belleville West's Erika Harvey.
On the boys' side East St. Louis' Jeremiah Tilmon and Marquis Chairs, Edwardsville's A.J Epenesa and Chris Colley, Cahokia's Antonio Donald and Carbondale's Miguel Jackson have participated.
Festivities begin at GCHS at 1 p.m. with a seventh grade girls' game featuring the Illinois squad against the nationally ranked Missouri Elite. At 2:15 p.m. the eighth grade girls' game will take place.
A break for entertainment comes at 3:15 p.m. as there will be a girls' free throw contest, a 3-point championship and a dance routine by Arturo of East St. Louis.
Basketball resumes at 3:30 p.m. with the boys' seventh grade game featuring Illinois vs. the St. Louis Rising Stars. Game 4 pits a pair of Illinois teams against each other in the eighth-grade gold game.
The boys' free throw contest and 3-point championship is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. prior to the main event. The main event is the eighth-grade boys' platinum game at 5:45 p.m., featuring Illinois vs. B. Brooks Academy. It will showcase some of the best talent in the area.
Cost for the event is $5 for adults and $2 for children 6-12.
All eighth graders should arrive for check in at approximately 3:30 p.m. At that time they will be informed which game they are selected to play in. All participants should wear all black shorts, or predominantly black shorts. Shirts will be handed out following check in.