Mississippi basketball All-Stars have Georgia on its mind

Mississippi director Chad Altmyer talks with players following practice.

Staff Writer

They have come together from Starkville, Columbus, Madison, Meridian, Olive Branch and Tupelo to form a couple of pretty talented basketball teams.

The Mississippi All-Stars have formed an eighth grade and ninth grade squad to participate in the third annual U.S. Basketball Games in Atlanta, Georgia, over the weekend.

Mississippi director Chad Altmyer said the chance to bond and form relationships with players from across the state has been fun.

"When I was approached as the director, it was the first time Mississippi was ever invited," Altmyer said. "We formed a board, found some volunteer coaches and put the teams together."

The U.S. Basketball Games showcase some of the best talent in the country from Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Mississippi eighth grade coach Eric Hallberg said "the best rising eight graders and the best rising ninth graders" will all be present at the Games. He is excited about taking his team to Atlanta and thanked Altmyer for his organization.

"We're super excited to represent the state of Mississippi," Hallberg said. "We'll see where we stand against Michigan, Texas and Georgia. We've got a very talented guard coming out of Madison in Josh Hubbard. He'll be our leader on the court. Everything will go through him and we've got the best guys from Meridian, Tupelo, Starkville and Madison. It will be the best players in the state."

Hallberg said NBA-TV will be at the Games and will be doing interviews will the players.

"It will be neat for the kids," Hallberg said.

Competition will be held Saturday and Sunday. The event closes the travel basketball season.