MYRTLE BEACH — Bennett Wilson played in the 17th annual Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic at Myrtle Beach on Saturday.
But the senior point guard didn’t just play — he was one of the team captains. Wilson’s and his teammates efforts were not enough to win. The North Carolina All-Star team earned a 102-90 victory.
That Bennett was chosen as a captain was no surprise, Coach Chad Cary said. He was just himself, likable and did what he does.
Willie Thomas, head coach of the South Carolina team, told Cary he admired how hard Wilson played and practiced.
“That’s the way all our players approach the game,” Cary said. “They play hard and have enjoyed such success. It makes us as coaches very proud.”
In 15 minutes of play, Wilson netted five points, got two steals and handed out two assists.
“Players were bigger but the game was pretty much the same. The main thing is our team bonded well,” Wilson said. “I was honored to be chosen as captain. Coach (Thomas) said we had the best team bonding in all his years of coaching the NC/SC Game.”
North Carolina MVP Gary Clark, a Cincinnati signee, had 21 points while Ricky Council Jr. also had 21 points. South Carolina MVP Demetre River had to 15.
Booker plays in North-South All-Star Game
LEXINGTON — Notorious Booker, a senior guard on the Newberry High School Bulldogs basketball team, played Saturday in the North-South All-Star Basketball game.
In limited action, Booker scored eight points for the North team, which defeated the South team 96-84.
“The boys played well and he played really hard for us,” said North Assistant Coach Devin Liferidge said. Liferidge is the head coach at Fairfield Central High School in Winnsboro.
According to Newberry High School Head Coach Chad Cary, the coaches told him Booker had a great week of practice.
“He had a good time and played well. We are proud of him,” Cary said.
Booker said he had a great experience and enjoyed the camaraderie with the other players, one of whom is being recruited by Francis Marion as he is.