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April 12, 2013

Future Mountaineers set to be on display in Beckley





Fans will have the opportunity to get a sneak peak at the future of the West Virginia basketball program in the 24th annual Scott Brown Classic in Beckley as all four Mountaineers class of 2013 signees will participate in the event.

The Classic will take place at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center and starts at 4 p.m. with the Class A all-stars squaring off against the Class AA all-stars, before the focus shifts to the national game at 6 p.m.

In that national game, future Mountaineers power forward Devin Williams, power forward Elijah Macon, small forward Nathan Adrian and center Brandon Watkins will be playing for the Little General squad. The team is coached by coached by South Charleston head coach Vic Herbert, who played for West Virginia University from 1978-81.

For Adrian, who's now completely recovered from a foot injury, the game will be a great chance to play with his future teammates and build some on the court chemistry.

"I'm really looking forward to getting a chance to play with all of them so we can begin to work on getting to know each other on the court," he said. "I think it's going to go real well."

Martinsburg (W.Va.) small forward Donte Grantham also will play for the Little General squad after recently picking up an offer from the Mountaineers.

The decision to play in the game was a no-brainer for Macon, who will have his first experience seeing some of his future teammates go to work on the court.

"I think the tournament will be fun for everybody to come out and see the future of their program playing against some of the best talent," he said.

Among the other Division I signees featured in the contest will be Travon Landry (Tennessee), Moses Kingsley (Arkansas) and Dominic Woodson (Baylor).

Former Woodrow Wilson High standout and current Massanutten (Va.) Military Academy assistant coach Shane Maynard (who will coach in the game) is bringing shooting guard Ahmad Fields, who signed with Utah over USC, uncommitted wing man D.J. Foreman and VMI-bound Q.J. Peterson, a former Hedgesville guard.

Another former Woodrow standout, Jason Slay, now an assistant at Hargrave Military Academy, is bringing in Virginia Tech signee Donte Clark, a 6-5 point guard.

The game is named after Scott Brown, a longtime sportswriter from Beckley. Local players include Shady Spring's Chase Connor and Woodrow Wilson's Andrew Johnson. Former Mountain State basketball coach Bob Bolen is the director. Connor has been discussed as a potential walk-on candidate for West Virginia.

The cost is $10 for reserved seats and $8 for general admission. They can be purchased at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center, online at http://www.beckleyconventioncenter.com/ or by phone at (304) 252-7361. Tickets are also available through Extreme Tickets by calling 888-695-0888.

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WVSports.com will be on hand to cover this weekend's game and will have full coverage on the site.


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