Harrison Central’s Carlous Williams headlines Coast All-Star selections
Last year, Harrison Central was the only Coast school to send both its boys and girls basketball teams to the Final Four.
Now this year, Harrison Central is the only Coast school with both a boys and girls’ selection on the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star teams.
In fact, the only Coast school represented at all, starting on the boys side with South Carolina commit Carlous Williams, who is listed as a three-star recruit according to 24/7Sports.
The 6’6” senior forward follows in the footsteps of former Red Rebel All-Stars Jonathan Floyd in 2016 and Jaylen Moore in 2013.
Williams is a big part of Harrison Central’s 13-4 start to the season, averaging 12 points and nine rebounds per game.
As Mississippi looks to end a two-game losing streak to the Yellowhammer state, Williams says he can draw on last years’ experience as a North-South All Star and put the Coast on his back. “It’s a real big thing cause everybody kind of looks up to me to bring top basketball back down to the Coast, give us some recognition, so I’ve just got to keep that in the back of my mind. You would normally think that you’re just fixing to come in and it’ll just be like everybody just trying to score, but really, it was like everybody was really competing and you had to play hard.”
This year’s rosters were selected yesterday, but weren’t officially announced until earlier today.
On the girls side, it’s Red Rebelette forward Je’Mya Evans, once again the only Coast player on the 12-member roster.
The 5’11” forward is a key cog in Harrison Central’s 10-4 start, averaging more than ten points and six rebounds per game, good for second on the team in both categories.
She’s also third in assists and first in steals.
The Mississippi girls will be looking to end a three-game losing streak to Alabama come March 12th.
Williams and Evans will be joined by Biloxi’s Devin Hill as an assistant coach and Gulfport’s Donny Fuller as an administrative coach.
Moving on to the annual North-South All-Star Game, starting in the 4A-5A-6A sector, these are all juniors and two more from Harrison Central. Those being DeMarius Coleman and Sam Murray as well as a pair from Gulfport in Malik Handy and Corey Lombard, Biloxi’s Blake Hart, and St. Martin’s Jermaine Glispy, who is going to be joined by his head coach Charlie Pavlus.
On the girls side, it’s St. Martin’s Kaileigh Bilbo, Stone’s Hayleigh Breland, Gulfport’s Simaru Fields, Hancock’s Madalyn Ladner, and Harrison Central’s Laila Walker led by Gulfport Head Coach Brooke Glass.
St. Patrick’s Nick Krass was picked for the 1A-2A-3A South team, the only Coast representation on the boys or girls side.
He’s the second leading scorer and rebounder on a 14-1 Fighting Irish team, not to mention first in both assists and steals.