By Brandon Speck
There are mighty big names playing basketball at Corinth High this weekend.
For $10 a day at Friday and Saturday’s second annual Lighthouse Classic, there are 14 games, top teams from five states and eight of the top 139 players in America according to Future150. Not to mention, there are more recruiting risers, like Provine G Jerekius Davis. And it’s for a great cause.
Aside from the national basketball attention Corinth gets thanks to the likes of Callaway SG Malik Newman, the nation’s No. 2 player, there is also a heavy load of area teams.
“The event is all about the Lighthouse Foundation, which is local,” co-organizer Vince Overholt said. “I want these kids to be able 10 years from now to say ‘I was playing in the same event Malik Newman and Brandon Sampson played in.’ It is important to have the local teams.”
Sampson is the No. 41-ranked senior in the country, a 4-star, 6-foot-4 SG from Madison Prep (La.). He and Newman will go head to head Friday at 8 p.m.
All four schools from Alcorn County play, highlighted by a 5 p.m. Friday matchup between Bolton (Tenn.) and Corinth. Corinth is the Journal’s No. 3 team, featuring rising senior G Kendall Stafford against uncommitted 2016 Bolton 5-star PG Jaylen Fisher.
No. 1 Baldwyn plays Mt. Pleasant (Tenn.) on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. And No. 10 Tupelo faces Provine in the next game.
Big-name coaches are being rumored, so as Overholt notes, it’s also a chance for area stars looking for offers to shine, like Tupelo G Antonio Green and Baldwyn guards Conner McKay and Felix Hayes.
“Everywhere I go, I have someone stop me and say, ‘Hey, it’s this Friday’s isn’t it?’ or “Hey, it’s going to be pretty big. I can’t wait,’” Overholt said. “So, there’s no doubt the excitement level is building in Corinth.”