The First Annual Consol Energy All-Star game is loaded with talented basketball players from southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky.
Two players from the nationally ranked Huntington Prep school are playing for the West Virginia squad. They are Carlos Arroyo, who is from Puerto Rico, and Williams Otor Gabriel, who hails from Nigeria. Both have received several Division One scholarship offers.
The West Virginia squad is being coached by Nick Cabell of Scott High School. He took his team to the Class AA state tournament this year.
Cabell will be bringing his top senior, Matt Dolan, a Class AA All-State selection.
Luke Eddy of George Washington, one of the state’s top scorers, will also play for the Mountain State squad.
Mingo Central seniors Austin Banks and Marqus Cunningham are also on the roster. Banks was an All-State selection and Cunningham gives the team some added size.
MacKenzie Martin, the talented 3-time All-Stater from Chapmanville Regional, is also playing for West Virginia. He is joined by his Tiger teammate Michael Hurst.
Lincoln County’s T. J. Arbaugh is also on the W.Va. team, along with Cody Morris of Herbert Hoover. Tolsia’s Austin Brewer and Terry Davis, who helped the Rebels to the state tournament in March, will also play for Cabell’s talented squad.
Mingo Central head coach Brad Napier is the director for the game.
“Those two kids from Huntington Prep really solidified the W. Va. team,” Napier said. “Eddy (Luke) was one of the best players in the state and has signed to play D-1 basketball.”
“The squad has a lot of size,” Napier said. “Arroyo is 6-9, Brewer is 6-7, Morris 6-8, Cunningham 6-5 and Martin 6-4.”
“We have some of the best talent in southern W.Va. and eastern Ky. lined up to play,” Napier added. “The fans will be treated to some great basketball.”
“We want to thank Consul Energy for their sponsorship of this event,” Napier said. “They have committed to sponsor this for the first three years.”
The game will be college rules with two 20 minute halves.
There will be a girl’s contest at 5:30 p.m. featuring several of the top female players from the region. Then there will be a 3-point contest for both the lady’s and men and a dunk contest for the men.
Because of proms schedueld for Logan and Tug Valley High Schools, the players invited from those two schools will not play. There is also a rule where seniors can only play in two all-star games. Tug Valley’s Austin Brewer and Mikey Newsome are playing in the North-South game and already played in the Scott Brown Classic at Beckley.
At approximately 7:30 p.m., the all-star game featuring the men will start. A huge crowd is expected for the contests.
(Editor’s Note: Articles on the men’s Ky. roster and the two women’s rosters will appear in later editions of the Daily News.)