The 7th Annual Ballislife All-American Game presented by Eastbay in Long Beach, Calif., will feature many of the nation’s top high school boy basketball players. The national high school all-star game is set to take place May 6 at Long Beach City College’s Hall of Champions Gymnasium.
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Over the past 10 years social media has allowed knowledgeable basketball fans to publicly question the validity of traditional national all-star games selection process. As a result, BIL created its own national all-star game in 2011 with the goal of selecting the most deserving players regardless of geography, mainstream player rankings, or shoe affiliation. The 2017 edition of the BIL All-American Game includes some of the best talent in the nation.
Scheduled to participate at the event is 6-foot-2 point guard Trevon Duval, the nation’s top point guard. He’ll be joined by the nation’s other top backcourt players, including Trae Young (Oklahoma), Jaylen Hands (UCLA), Jalek Felton (North Carolina) and Chris Lykes (Miami). Duval is still undecided for college.
In addition to Hands, the game will feature three more UCLA-bound players. Local products Cody Riley (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth) and Jalen Hill (Centennial, Corona) are scheduled to participate as is Indiana native Kris Wilkes.
Other national standouts scheduled to participate include La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.) teammates Brian Bowen and Jaren Jackson, Stanford-bound Kezie Okpala (Esperanza, Anaheim), Kentucky-bound P. J. Washington (Findlay Prep, Henderson, Nev.) and USC-bound Charles O’Bannon (Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas, Nev.). The BIL A-A game also marks the SoCal return of Kansas-bound Billy Preston, who is originally from the region but spent his senior season at national power Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.).
Past BIL A-A Game participants include NBA players Stanley Johnson (Arizona), Zach LaVine (UCLA), Tyler Ulis (Kentucky), Kelly Oubre (Kansas), Marquese Chriss (Washington), Thon Maker (Milwaukee Bucks) and early entry NBA Draft candidates Lonzo Ball and T.J. Leaf (both UCLA).