Richland standout headlines All-Star basketball game

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More information 81st THSCA Convention and Coaching School Monday-Wednesday, Fort Worth Convention Center On-site registration cost: $45 THSCA All-Star Basketball Game 7 p.m. Monday, TCU’s Daniel-Meyer Coliseum Tickets: $10 at the door (general admission) TV: Fox Sports Southwest Local stars: Leyton Hammonds, Richland; Jalan McCloud, North Crowley THSCA All-Star Football Game 7 p.m. Tuesday, TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium Tickets: $10 at the door (general admission) TV: Fox Sports Southwest Local stars: Connor Davis, Colleyville Heritage; Shane Fulp, Fort Worth Southwest; Tanner Jacobson, Southlake Carroll; Juan Perez, Birdville

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Former Richland basketball player Leyton Hammonds has spent the past two months of his summer taking classes and training alongside teammates at Oklahoma State.

He’s away from Stillwater, Okla., for a few days, to participate in the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star basketball game on Monday at TCU.

“It’s such an honor being selected to play in this game,” he said. “There’s so many talented players here.”

That is, until asked about playing for a Cowboys team that includes guard Marcus Smart, the only non-NBA player invited to last week’s USA Basketball Men’s National Team minicamp.

“I’ve never been around a team with so much talent,” said Hammonds, whose OSU teammates also include Le’Bryan Nash, Markel Brown and Phil Forte. “There are so many guys who are ready to play in the NBA. You see something spectacular in practice every day. I can’t wait to play with those guys.”

Hammonds, Star-Telegram Super Team Player of the Year, will also represent the North All-Stars in the halftime slam dunk contest, but he wouldn’t give any hints as to what he has planned.

“You’ll have to see,” he said with a smile. “I don’t want to reveal anything yet.”

West disaster still a topic

South All-Star Erran Mays-Shaw, from West, said the April 17 fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 and leveled much of the town is still a vivid memory.

“We have talked about it a little bit,” said Mays-Shaw, who will play for NAIA school Oklahoma Wesleyan in the fall. “They didn’t really ask me, but I figured they would want to know. So I gave them a little insight.”

Mays-Shaw said he was returning from an area track meet the night of the disaster.

“I started getting calls about it and once I got into town I saw how serious it was,” said Mays-Shaw, whose home sustained only a few broken windows. “My grandfather is in business with the nursing home that was destroyed, but other than that my family was fine.

“It’s slowly getting better with the rebuilding process in the area. Homes are rebuilding, the schools are getting rebuilt.”

Roster changes

Guard Zach Dickerson, from Argyle, has been added to the North basketball roster. He replaces Arlington Seguin’s Brandon Parrish, who won’t be able to participate due to a scheduling conflict with TCU basketball.

For Tuesday’s football game, Kam Williams of Midland Greenwood replaces Tadarius Ridge of Andrews on the North team, and Trevor Moore of Fort Bend Clements replaces Chevoski Collins of Livingston on the South team. Williams was the star quarterback at Greenwood, while Moore was an all-district receiver and defensive back at Clements.

Staff writer Eric Zarate contributed to this report.

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