SEMO Prep coach Roy Booker hosts Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois All-Star basketball game

Sikeston's Karris Allen will participate in Saturday's Battle of the Mississippi All-Star game between Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois senior basketball players
J.C. Reeves ~, file

On Saturday night, some of the best high school basketball players from Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois will meet on the court.

Former Southeast Missouri State and Portageville basketball standout Roy Booker and his SEMO Prep School are hosting the Battle of the Mississippi starting at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cape Junior High School.

"I just thought, 'Why not have a clash between Southern Illinois players vs. Southeast Missouri players," Booker said. "I thought it'd be good for the sport for both areas. The kids can have some bragging rights and be competitive. They get to see some new faces and interact with new players. I just think it's good for the sport of basketball."

The girls' All-Star game begins at 1 p.m., and features Western Kentucky commit Karris Allen of Sikeston and her high school teammate Amyari Blissett. Joining the Bulldog duo is Amiyah Johnson of Hayti who scored more than 2,000 points in her high school career.

Following the girls' All-Star game is the boys' and girls' 3-point contest and the boys' dunk contest.

The boys' All-Star game, featuring Cape Central's Jon Brandtner, Saxony Lutheran's Wilson Lodge and Hayti's Trayvon Thomas, will begin following the dunk contest.

Cost for entry at the doors is $10 for adults and $7 for students. A DJ will perform during the event and concessions are available.

Tony Webb will be hosting another All-Star game starting at noon on Friday in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Southeast Missouri

All-Star roster


Trayvon Thomas, Hayti

Shamar Williamson, NMCC

Marcellus Phillips, NMCC

Ben McMullen, Kennett

Gage Rivers, Poplar Bluff

Nick Brummitt, Poplar Bluff

D'Angelo Austin, Malden

Kelan Bills, Portageville

Treyshawn Townsend, Portageville

Wilson Lodge, Saxony Lutheran

Jon Brandtner, Cape Central

Zhamius Smith, Caruthersville


Amyari Blissett, Sikeston

Karris Allen, Sikeston

Hope Woodfin, Oran

Akiyah Jordan, Portageville

Taylor Watson, Twin Rivers

Brianna South, Twin Rivers

Amiyah Johnson, Hayti

Laticia Hamilton, Caruthersville

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