Hunter Jordan, a 6-1 guard from Quinlan Boles, will be among the stars who’ll come out Saturday night for the First Annual Chicken Express All-Star Basketball Classic in Greenville.
Jordan was named to the TABC All-State team after a brilliant career at Boles. He was a four-year starter and led Boles to the playoffs each of his four years. Jordan was the most valuable player of the district and ended his career with more than 2,000 points. In the playoffs this year, Jordan scored 36 points against North Hopkins, 37 against Lindsay and 26 versus Trenton. He averaged more than 20 points per game during his four-year career. He was all-region his junior and senior year.
Joining Jordan from Boles is 6-8 Caleb Samples. Samples averaged 16.0 points per game and 10.1 rebounds. Samples was named first team all-district.
Playing from Greenville will be Elizabeth Rutherford, Mackenzie Cooper, Marquis Taylor and Dartannon Wilson.
The Chicken Express All-Star High School Basketball Classic is scheduled for Greenville High School. The high school boys and girls all-star teams will draw players from throughout Northeast Texas, according to local Chicken Express owner Cary McDade. Players from 30 different schools will participate in the two games.
“Chicken Express has sponsored high school All-Star basketball games for the past 23 years,” said McDade. “We are thrilled to be able to bring this event to Greenville and Northeast Texas.”
The Class A Division I and II will have players participating as well as players from the 5A schools in Rockwall. The game’s goal is raise money to provide scholarships to the area players and raise funds for area athletic booster clubs. We will also give area players a chance to compete in front of several college coaches. Numerous players have received scholarship offers from college coaches that saw them play in Chicken Express All-Star games.
The boys and girls games will showcase the very best Northeast Texas has to offer. All players will be seniors and selected by a committee of basketball coaches and sportswriters. The teams will be coached by area junior college coaches.
“We have some great talent in Northeast Texas and we look forward to these players having the opportunity to display their skills in front of college coaches and their hometown fans,” stated McDade.
Previous all-star games sponsored by Chicken Express have drawn college coaches from several hundred miles to scout the talent. Having a player receive a scholarship offer after the game is very exciting for the player, their family and Chicken Express.
“It can give a player an opportunity to play on the college level who may have thought he or she would not even be able to attend college,” added McDade.
The girls game will have a 6 p.m. tip-off while the boy’s will follow with an 8 p.m. start at Greenville High School gym.