By Kyle Lovern
November 15, 2013
Mingo Central High School’s basketball boosters will be hosting one of the country’s top basketball teams on Friday, December 13.
Huntington Prep will be playing Genesis Academy in a match-up of two prep school powers.
This will be a great way to tip off basketball in the Tug Valley area. Genesis is coached by James Simpkins. His family was originally from the Matewan area.
Huntington Prep has already placed several players in Division One schools, including Andrew Wiggins, the nation’s number one recruit last season. Wiggins is now at Kansas in the Big 12.
Genesis has two players that have signed with USC. Huntington Prep has seven Division One players on their roster this season.
Huntington Prep is coached by Rob Fulford, who formerly coached at a prep school in Beckley, W. Va., but then moved the program to Huntington.
The lone returner this season for Huntington Prep is Montaque Gill-Caesar, a 6’6” rising junior who had an outstanding summer on the AAU scene. Montaque averaged around 14 points a game last season and is currently ranked top 20 in his class.
Joining Gill Caesar this season is a strong and experienced group of seniors. Point guard Josh Perkins (6’3”) comes to Huntington from Colorado and just recently committed to Gonzaga. JaQuan Lyle, a 6-5 guard who was committed to Louisville and comes to us from Evansville, Indiana. Also in the backcourt is a pair of senior guards from Nashville, Tennessee, Coleman Spann (6’4”) and Jalen Lindsey (6’7”). Lindsey is committed to Providence.
Angel Delgado is the senior big man this season and at 6’9”, Delgado is a defensive presence and has committed to Seton Hall.
Other juniors are 6’10” Levi Cook, 6’9” Thomas Bryant and 6’3” Pau Serena. Cook hails from the state of West Virginia and is committed to West Virginia University. Bryant is from Rochester, N.Y. and is currently a member of Team USA and Serena is considered one of the top guards in Spain.
Team Genesis is a prep basketball program that was founded by Ms. Elaine Jones for the purpose of cultivating the athletic potential of gifted basketball players who aspire to continue in the sport on a collegiate and professional level. Over the past 18 years, Ms. Jones has helped over one hundred students receive basketball scholarships to colleges across the U.S. and has served as the catalyst that has jump-started three NBA careers.
The prep school is located in Lynchburg, Virginia.
The game will feature some of the top basketball players in the country.
There is sure to be a huge turnout for the game up on the mountaintop on the campus of Mingo Central High School.
There will be a preliminary freshman game prior to the featured contest between the two prep basketball powers.
Hoops fans will definitely want to mark this date on their calendar to come out and see some big-time basketball talent.
(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)