Prep power Mountain State faces Red Devils in marquee game

Published 3:06 am Thursday, December 18, 2008

The first annual Ironton Classic basketball showcase Dec. 22-23 at the Ironton Sports Center features 11 teams from four states.

Here is the fourth game at 9 p.m. on Monday, Dec.22

Mountain State Falcons

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Head coach: Rob Fulford. Assistants: Phil Miron, Arkell Bruce, Lazar Milinkovic

Enrollment: 102

Colors: Blue and orange

Last season: 37-5

Preview: Ranked No. 33 in the ESPN Fab 50 preseason poll, the Falcons already have several verbal commitments including 6-3 point guard Noah Cottrill, ranked the No. 10 point guard by Rivals and He committed to West Virginia as a freshman and averaged 31.98 points per game last year at Poca High School.

Other standouts include:

Vandeer Joaquim, 6-10, No. 12 center by, No. 14 by He has signed with Nebraska. He played on the Angolan national team and was selected to play last year in the Olympics.

Deniz Kilicli, a 6-9 power forward, rated No. 14 by ESPN and the No. 44 player overall in the country. A member of the 18U Turkish national team, he has signed to play for WVU.

Jabs Newby, a 6-1 guard from Toronto, is being recruited by Marshall, St. Bonaventure, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Nebraska, Fresno State, and Duquesne.

Kofi Mensa, a 6-4 guard, being recruited by WVU, Marshall, Wake Forest, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Akron and Kentucky. Has been out due to an illness.

Campbell Memorial Red Devils

Head coach: Brian Danilov. Assistants: Damon Williams, Anthony Venable

Enrollment: 645

Colors: Red and white

Last season: 24-5

History: The Red Devils were state champions in 1994 to highlight a strong program under Danilov. They have won 12 sectional titles and reached the regional finals eight times including last season when they were regional runners-up.

Preview: Most of the starters return from last season and the team has enough depth than any of eight different players could be in the starting lineup.

Jere’me Williams, a 6-foot junior, returns as point guard and averaged 16points last season. The center is 6-3 Germaine Somarjit who average 7.0 last year. The other guard figures to be 5-11 sophomore Claxton Lebron with the forwards 6-2 Joseph Little-Horton and 6-foot Dorian Jones, both seniors.

The Ironton Classic

At The Conley Sports Center

Monday Dec. 22

3 p.m. — Largo, MD., vs. Columbus Walnut Ridge

5 p.m. — Chesapeake vs. Huntington, W.Va.

7 p.m. — Ironton vs. Russell, Ky.

9 p.m. — Mountain State (W.Va.) Academy vs. Campbell Memorial

Tuesday, Dec. 23

5 p.m. — Ironton St. Joseph vs. Racine Southern

7 p.m. — Campbell Memorial vs. Largo, MD.

9 p.m. — Columbus Brookhaven vs. Ironton