Williamson’s Shumbe Hunter relishes his probability to steer the Alabama All-Stars
When Williamson’s basketball coach Shumbe Hunter acquired a request to educate the Alabama males’s staff on this week’s Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Traditional, he did not have a lot to consider.
“I really feel blessed and honored to have been chosen,” he mentioned this week. “When coach Jamie Lee (principal of the Alabama Excessive Faculty Athletic Administrators and Coaches Affiliation) contacted me with the supply just a few months in the past, in my thoughts I used to be like, ‘Do you actually assume that I’d say no? ‘ This can be a big blessing and one other alternative. “
Hunter will lead the Alabama staff towards Mississippi at 7 p.m. Friday on the Cramton Bowl Multiplex in Montgomery. The boys ‘sport will observe the Alabama-Mississippi women’ sport, which begins at 5.
Hunter, who led Williamson to the State Class 4A title in 2020, is joined on the boys squad by Steve Ward of Huffman and Dru Powell of Thompson in an administrative function. The listing contains Mr. Basketball and Alabama signatory JD Davison of Calhoun, soccer signatory Duke Riley Leonard of Fairhope and Mississippi State signatory Keyshawn Murphy of Ramsay, amongst others.
“I am teaming up with Huffmans coach Steve Ward, who gained a state championship final yr, and Dru Powell, who has had main success,” mentioned Hunter. “We now have tastes and variations in the way in which we prefer to play, however with the ability to come collectively to construct a plan for two-day success with gamers we barely know shall be particular. What we do know is that the three of us know basketball and have 12 of the state’s greatest gamers on the staff.
“This may make the teaching simpler and, in flip, make it lots of enjoyable.”
Hunter is aware of at the very least one among his gamers nicely. Williamson’s 6-foot-4 ahead Jordan Bell will be part of his highschool coach in Montgomery for one last sport.
“It is an honor,” Hunter mentioned. “Jordan has grown a lot. He has proven lots of progress over the time he began taking part in basketball beneath my accountability to this point. It’s nonetheless rising in maturity and stature. I believe he’ll at all times be a progress sport. Its ceiling is so excessive. If he continues to be coachable, he could have an opportunity to do issues later in life with basketball.
Hunter can be keen to educate Davison, who scored 45 factors in Calhoun’s semi-final loss to a possible 2A Midfield champion final week.
“It is going to be thrilling,” he mentioned. “JD has clearly confirmed himself as a winner and a tough employee. He seems to be a superb child each academically and athletically. It will likely be enjoyable to observe him on the pitch and see what sort of manufacturing he could have within the sport itself.
The Alabama staff was scheduled to point out up on Wednesday and follow Wednesday evening. They’ll prepare twice on Thursday and have a shoot on the Friday earlier than the sport. It isn’t a very long time to get 12 stars from completely different excessive faculties on the identical web page, however Hunter would not assume the match shall be tough.
“Nearly all of these youngsters – if not all – shall be faculty athletes,” he mentioned. “We count on them to know basketball and be capable to study on the fly. We shall be a bit of sooner. I imagine they may discover a place. Various these guys made it to the playoffs, so we received to choose up their video games and watch their film. We actually have a superb pedigree of various talent units.
“I do not assume there shall be an issue with very quick studying. It’ll additionally give them an thought of what to anticipate on the subsequent stage, the place they should study on the fly and carry out shortly. It is gonna be enjoyable. Coach Ward and I can study from one another and from these youngsters and permit them to study from us as nicely.
The All-Star sport is much more particular for Hunter due to what he is been by means of for the previous two months. He had a battle with COVID-19 in direction of the tip of the common season and was hospitalized. His staff have been quarantined for 14 days earlier than returning to play within the Class 4A, Zone 1 semifinals towards Vigor and shedding in double additional time.
“It was tough. There was a time once I did not assume I’d get there, ”he mentioned. “Our program was in quarantine for 14 days and we received out and performed the sixteenth day of an important sport of the season. It did not prove the way in which we clearly wished it to, however there’s a cause for it. Possibly the Lord knew that Vigor’s coach (Jairus) Jackson wanted a playoff run to assist him endure what he was going by means of (the sudden dying of his father on St. Valentine). However I can inform you that I’m really honored and blessed to have this chance.
Alabama gained the boys’ sport 118-97 a yr in the past in Mississippi in one of many final sporting occasions earlier than the pandemic shut down most actions. Alabama leads the women and boys 16-14 collection.
“Each time we exit on the pitch it is in a aggressive type,” he mentioned. “It is a part of instructing life classes. In any space of life you need to compete. Despite the fact that it has the title of an All-Star sport, we wish to proceed to have that aggressive nature and spirit. We at all times perceive that for any competitors there are solely two columns – wins and losses – and clearly we wish to finish this sport within the win column.
Hunter mentioned Lee-Huntsville high Kaleb Brown, injured within the Generals semifinal sport and missed the Class 5A title sport, is scheduled to play on Friday.
The ladies ‘and boys’ video games shall be televised dwell with WOTM TV producing the contests on the cable associates of the AHSAA TV community. Each video games will even be broadcast dwell on the NFHS community and wotm.television.
The Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Sport is geared toward seniors of their respective faculties.
ALABAMA ALL-STARS GIRLS 2021
PLAYER – SCHOOL – POS – HT
Maya Cunningham – Nice Grove – L – 5-10
Allasha Dudley – Anniston – L – 5-6
Saniah Parker – Mae Jemison – Flooring – 5-10
Amiya Payne – Hewitt-Trussville – L – 6-0
Kaitlin Peterson – Eufaula – PG – 5-8
Sara Puckett – Muscle Benches – L – 6-2
Jirah Rogers – Limestone East – P – 6-1
Karoline Striplin – County of Geneva – C – 6-3
Nya Valentine – McGill-Toolen – PG – 5-3
Jenna Walker – Priceville – PG – 5-8
Grace Watson – Hazelnut inexperienced – F – 6-0
Randrea Wright – Carver – Birmingham – L – 5-7
ALABAMA ALL-STAR BOYS 2021
PLAYER – SCHOOL – POS – HT
Jordan Bell – Williamson – SF – 6-4
Kaleb Brown – Lee-Huntsville – L – 6-6
Cameron Crawford – Parc d’Espagne – L – 6-3
Jerdarrian (JD) Davison – Calhoun – PG – 6-4
Dwayne (DJ) Fairley – Hoover – SG – 6-2
Bryson Corridor – Tuscaloosa County – SF – 6-8
Grant Hopkins – Thompson – PG – 6-0
Riley Leonard – Fairhope – L – 6-4
KeShawn Murphy – Ramsay – F – 6-11
Brody Peebles – Hartselle – L – 6-3
Dawson Sarblah – Greenville – L – 6-6
Rayquan Taylor – Carver-Montgomery – F – 6-10