A star-studded sayonara.
That’s what’ll be taking place Aug. 11 at The Palace of Auburn Hills when many of the state’s top recently graduated senior basketball players will clash in the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan All-Star Festival.
The annual event, taking place for the 33rd time and second straight year at the home of the Detroit Pistons, pits players against each other in four games and also includes a 3-point shootout and dunk contest.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience for (the players),” BCAM All-Star Festival Chairman Dan Christner said. “To be in an NBA arena, it can’t be duplicated.
“This is a way for us to say thank you to those coaches and players.”
The action gets going at 2 p.m. with the women’s Class C/D game, followed by the 3:30 p.m. women’s A/B game, the 4:45 3-point shootout, the 5:40 p.m. men’s C/D game, the 6:50 p.m. dunk contest and the 7:50 p.m. men’s A/B game. Doors are scheduled to open at 1 p.m., with tickets — good for the whole day — set at $12, $20 and $30. For more information, visit www.bcam.org.
Players were selected via BCAM regional coaches committees and divided into their respective teams by the coaches participating in the games.
Local stars playing in the women’s games include Sheyna Deans (Mount Clemens, C/D Black team), Caitlin Moore (Grosse Pointe South, A/B Black), Madison Ristovski (Grosse Pointe University Liggett, A/B Black), Amber Dean (Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day, A/B White), Aerial Powers (Country Day, A/B White), Hannah Little (Auburn Hills Avondale, A/B White), Elena Popkey (Warren Cousino, A/B White) and Brittany Streetman (Warren Lincoln, A/B White).
On the men’s side, Corey Green from Madison Heights Bishop Foley will play on the White team in the C/D game and Kellen McCormick of Pontiac Notre Dame Prep will play on the White squad in the A/B game, which will also feature Macomb L’Anse Creuse North head coach Jay Seletsky and assistant Steve Conger in charge of the Black team.
Seletsky was tabbed to coach a team in the festival after earning the BCAM Class A Coach of the Year award following the past season, when he led L’Anse Creuse North’s boys team to the state semifinals.
“I was real excited about it,” he said about accepting the offer to coach the all stars. “It’s a great honor. We’ll get to see a lot of good talent.”
Indeed, Seletsky’s team will include the state’s top player and a Michigan State University commit in Mr. Basketball winner Matt Costello from Bay City Western.
While Seletsky said the goal of the day will be to make it as “special and fun as possible” for the players, he admitted his team’s competitive edge won’t be abandoned in light of the jovial atmosphere.
“We have some ideas. We’ve been researching guys and their strengths. You like to be competitive as possible. We’ll have a mini game plan.
Though with “the talent level so high,” Seletsky promises his team won’t slow things down and will entertain the fans in the nightcap contest.
“The kids will want to put on a show,” he said. “It’s a great thing for basketball.”