CHAPMANVILLE — It will apparently be the swan song for Chapmanville Regional High School’s Mackenzie Martin on Friday night in the North-South All-Star Basketball Game at the South Charleston Community Center.
The 6-foot-4 senior center, closed out his career as Chapmanville’s all-time leading scorer with more than 1,500 points.
The all-state player surpassed the plateau late in the season.
A fine season it was for Martin, who had been named first-team all-Cardinal Conference and first-team Class AA all-state as he averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds a game for the Tigers.
Martin will play for the South All-Stars, which have a 24-6 all-time record against the North since the series resumed in 1983.
It will apparently be the final prep basketball game for Martin.
Martin, who transfered to Chapmanville from Tolsia High School, has decided not to play college ball, according to Tigers’ second-year coach Allan Hatcher.
“He’s not going to play college basketball,” Hatcher said. “He has decided not to play. He’s going to make a career in the medical field.”
Martin led the Tigers to their fourth straight winning season as Chapmanville advanced to the Class AA sectional semifinals before falling to statebound Tolsia.
Martin can do it all on the floor — from hitting a clutch 3-pointer, to posting up and rebounding down on the blocks to even being a help in handling the ball. He could play all five positions on the court.
“That’s what made him so special,” Hatcher said. “That’s why he’s so hard to replace because of his versatility. He averaged a double-double every game. Not many kids can do that. One of the things that Mackenzie did is that he did it on the floor and off the floor. He was such a tremendous role model for our young people in our community. Academics was so important to him. He understood at a young age that you should excel both in athletics and in academics. He did both.”
The North All-Stars will have three Division I recruits on its roster, including Nathan Adrian of Morgantown, who has already signed with West Virginia. Martinsburg’s Donte’ Grantham and Hedgesville’s Chris Shields are both expected to go D-I.
On the South side, George Washington’s Luke Eddy is headed to play at Division I Elon, a school in North Carolina.
The South will be coached by GW’s Rick Greene and Buffalo’s Chuck Elkins.
The North has four Class AA first-team all-staters to the South’s three, including Martin.
Leading the North team is head coach Dave Rogers of Martinsburg, who led the Bulldogs to the Class AAA state title.
Playing alongside Martin with the South are a pair of Tug Valley seniors — Austin Brewer and Mikey Newsome. The two led the Panthers to the Class A state championship this year. Two seasons ago, Brewer and Newsome led Tug Valley to the Class AA state title.
Matt Dolan of Scott High School is also on the South roster.
North All-Star Basketball Roster
Nathan Adrian 6’9 20.5 Morgantown
Donte’ Gantham 6’7 18.1 Martinsburg
Wes Mitchem 6’4 19.4 Parkersburg South
Chris Shields 6’6 13.8 Hedgesville
Cody Triplett 6’6 21.8 Trinity
Mark Winters 6’6 28.5 Magnolia
Travis Tomer 6’5 17.6 University
Logan Opyoke 6’5 17.0 Clay-Battelle
Mitchell Koch 6’4 18.5 Preston
Andrew Davis 6’2 18.8 Ritchie County
Jalen Lewis 6’0 15.5 Martinsburg
Tyler Sprouse 6’0 14.7 Bridgeport
Travon Horton 6’0 18.5 Fairmont Sr.
Coaches: Dave Rodgers (Martinsburg) and Tom Yester (Morgantown)
South All-Star Basketball Roster
Austin Brewer 6’2 15.1 Tug Valley
Mackenzie Martin 6’4 21.3 Chapmanville Regional
Brett Morris 6’4 25.9 Webster County
Chase Conner 6’2 27.1 Shady Spring
Luke Eddy 6’0 26.2 George Washington
Ryan Meadows 6’1 21.9 Princeton
Ra’Shaud Kincaid 5’9 10.3 South Charleston
Angelo Sirianni 6’0 21.3 Nitro
Matt Dolan 5’10 17.2 Scott
Mikey Newsome 5’10 17.8 Tug Valley
Cody Morris 6’5 16.8 Herbert Hoover
Levi Jordan 6’1 17.5 Buffalo
Josh Martin 6’7 17.2 Greenbrier West
Coaches: Rick Greene (George Washington) and Chuck Elkins (Buffalo)