Photo by Derrick Mahone
Drew senior Precious Person will play for the North squad in today’s Clayton County All-Star Basketball Game at Mount Zion High School. Person, who averaged 22 points this past season, will play for Rutgers next season.
It wasn’t how Jordan Faciane wanted to end his high school basketball career at Morrow, but the senior point guard says he has no regrets.
The Mustangs lost in the first round of the Region 4-AAAA tournament last month, ending his career without a playoff appearance.
“I’m a little disappointed, but I thought we had a good season considering how young we were,” Faciane said. “I think we left the program in good shape.”
Before the Campbell signee can look to the future, he will play one more high school basketball game when he suits up for the North squad in the Clayton County All-Star Basketball game tonight at Mount Zion High.
He will be joined by teammate Jamahl Parker in the game, which pits the North squad (composed of players from Drew, Forest Park, Morrow, North Clayton and Riverdale) against a South squad of players from Jonesboro, Lovejoy, Mount Zion and Mundy’s Mill.
There will also be a girls game, a 3-point contest and a slam dunk contest during the all-stars festivities.
Clayton County All-Star Basketball Game
When, where: Today, Mount Zion High School
Time: 5 p.m.
Format: North squad — Drew, Forest Park, Morrow, North Clayton, Riverdale; South squad — Jonesboro, Lovejoy, Mount Zion, Mundy’s Mill.
Contests: 3-point shoot-out and slam dunk.
“I’m looking forward to play with some of the guys I’ve played against this season,” said Faciane, who will compete in the 3-point contest.
Fresh off their appearance in the Class AAA championship game, Drew will be represented by Derrick Frye, Eloka Olisa and Corey Graves. Justin Driver of Drew will compete in the 3-point contest with Rufus Brown participating in the slam dunk contest.
Justin Tuoyo, the only other Div. I basketball signee from the county, will play in the all-star game and is also a participant in the slam dunk contest.
The 6-foot-9 Tuoyo signed with CAA champion Virginia Commonwealth University last November. Last season, the Rams reached the NCAA Final Four.
Tuoyo will be joined by teammates Widely Guerrier and Jermaine Hough, a Jacksonville State football signee.
The girls’ all-star game will feature Div. I signees Precious Person of Drew, who inked with Rutgers, Forest Park’s Ashlee Cole (High Point University) and Mundy’s Mill’s Brianna McQueen (East Tennessee State).
Person and Cole will play on the North squad while McQueen will lead the South squad.
McQueen and Person are expected to participate in the 3-point contest.
With Jonesboro, North Clayton and Drew all ending their seasons with deep playoff runs, Faciane said it shows the talent level in the county.
“It is going to be great, and an honor to play with these guys,” he said. “There is a lot of talent in this county.”