The last time the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Basketball Game was held at the Erwin Center, Dexter Pittman gave Longhorn fans a preview of what became of the 6-foot-10-inch center this past season. Pittman scored a game-high 30 points in an MVP performance in the 2006 game.
Three years later with the game coming back to Austin there are no Longhorn signees from the 2009 class but there are a few names with Texas connections involved in the classic.
The most prominent of those Longhorn connections is 6-foot-8-inch Dax Hill of Round Rock, who will play post for the North team…but will head to Texas this fall on a swimming scholarship.
Hill was an all-district forward for the Dragons this past season but as good as he is one the hardwood, he is even better in the pool. Hill won two gold medals at the state swim meet this past year and heads to Texas as an up-and-coming freestyle swimmer for Eddie Reese.
“Dax is truly an outstanding two-sport athlete,” Reese said when Hill signed with the Longhorns in November. “He has swum all of his best times while playing basketball during the same season. We’re glad he picked swimming, and we’re glad he picked us.”
Hill will lead the North team along with Argyle’s Caden Dickerson, a 6-foot-4-inch forward who will head to Western Kentucky to play for former Texas assistant coach Ken McDonald.
Coaching the North squad will be Tuscola Jim Ned’s Hunter Cooley, who guided the Indians to the 2005 Class 2A state championship game with Longhorn Heisman hopeful Colt McCoy as his point guard.
The biggest name in the game, Killeen forward Cory Jefferson, headlines the South team. Ranked No. 89 on the 2009 ESPNU 100, Jefferson signed with Baylor over interest from many big time Division I programs, including Texas.
The 65th version of the THSCA All-Star Basketball Game tips off Monday night at 7:30 at the Frank Erwin Center.
North and South Rosters