The team captains for the inaugural Lowco Basketball Showcase are all set, and it’s a star-studded group of area hoops stars.
Eight players from six different schools throughout Beaufort and Jasper counties have committed to taking on the role of team captains and trying to draft the winning team for the inaugural event March 27-28 at Beaufort Academy.
The all-star weekend will tip off with the Rising Stars games on Friday, March 27, showcasing the area’s top players in 10th grade and younger. The girls Rising Stars game will feature a matchup of sensational sophomores in Whale Branch star Kynew Barnwell (14.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.4 spg) and Hilton Head Prep’s Ella Clark (10.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2.6 spg). The boys will follow with a marquee matchup of Beaufort High sophomore Zyrin Odom (9.8 ppg, 10.0 rpg) and Ridgeland-Hardeeville sophomore Brandon Howard (10.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.7 apg, 2.5 spg).
Friday’s festivities will also include a slam dunk contest and 3-point shootout.
On Saturday, March 28, the Lowco’s top juniors and seniors will take center stage for the All-Star games. The girls All-Star teams will be captained by two of the area’s most dynamic players with Bluffton’s Tatyana Aiken (14.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 3.4 apg, 5.8 spg) and John Paul II’s Tkai DeVore (19.5 ppg, 13.2 rpg, 4.1 apg, 4.4 spg) leading the way. The boys All-Star game will feature a matchup of two more senior stars in Ridgeland-Hardeeville star Mauriq Singleton (11.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.5 spg) and Whale Branch standout Shawn Chisolm (15.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg).
The remainder of the participating players will be announced next week.
The event is tentatively scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. each day.
Tickets for the Lowco Basketball Showcase are $15 per day or $25 for both days and are on sale at LowcoSports.com/Lowco-Basketball-Showcase.
A significant portion of the proceeds from ticket sales, merchandise sales, a silent auction, and raffles will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry, particularly the club’s programs in Northern Beaufort County and Jasper County.
The week of festivities will tip off with a VIP sponsor party, at which team captains will draft their squads, and it will conclude with an awards presentation following the boys all-star game on Saturday.
A wide range of sponsorship packages are available, ranging from title and presenting sponsorships to supporting sponsorships starting at $250. For more information, email LowcoSports@gmail.com or call 843-473-8045.