DENVER | Eight Aurora boys and girls basketball players will be part of the final showcase of the season as they play in Saturday’s Show all-star games sponsored by the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.
The girls and boys Show games — each featuring 20 of the top players from across the state regardless of classification as selected by a panel of sportswriters and sportscasters — will be played back-to-back at 1:30 p.m. (girls) and boys (3 p.m.) prior to the 7 p.m. NBA contest between the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz.
Five Aurora players are split among the Blue and White squads in the girls game, with the trio of Diani Akigbogun, Justine Hall and Anna Ptasinski of two-time Class 5A state champion Regis Jesuit part of the Blue, which is opposed by the White, featuring Grandview teammates Katie Cunningham and Michaela Onyenwere.
Akigbogun won the most valuable player award of last season’s Show girls game, which also included Hall. Ptasinski and Cunningham — both seniors — and freshman Onyenwere play in the game for the first time.
In the boys game, Aurora’s three selections play together on the Blue Team in the Overland duo of Austin Conway and De’Ron Davis and Rangeview’s Jeremiah Paige.
Paige and Davis teamed up on the winning squad in last season’s Show game.
Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. Facebook: Aurora Prep Sentinel
2014 THE SHOW BOYS & GIRLS ALL-STAR BASKETBALL ROSTERS
BOYS BLUE TEAM
Brady Baer (Akron); Jonathan Barnes (Ponderosa); Dylan Clark (Sand Creek); AUSTIN CONWAY (OVERLAND); DE’RON DAVIS (OVERLAND); Chase Foster (Valor Christian); Ghassan Nehme (Cheyenne Mountain); JEREMIAH PAIGE (RANGEVIEW); Alex Semadeni (Fossil Ridge); Ibrahim Sylla (Denver South)
Coach: Matt Johannsen (Fossil Ridge)
BOYS WHITE TEAM
Treyvon Andres (Thomas Jefferson); Justin Bassey (Colorado Academy); Zach Braxton (Highlands Ranch); Dominique Collier (Denver East); Josh Fiscus (Peetz); Ronnie Harrell (Denver East); Jake Pemberton (Mountain Vista); Broderick Robinson (Grand Junction); Collin Smith (Thompson Valley); Toby Van Ry (Fort Collins)
Coach: Pete Villecco (Holy Family)
GIRLS BLUE TEAM
DIANI AKIGBOGUN (REGIS JESUIT); Mikaela Eppard (Cherry Creek); Mackenzie Forrest (Lakewood); JUSTINE HALL (REGIS JESUIT); Myanne Hamm (Poudre); Shayln Johnson (Caliche); Shannon Patterson (Pueblo South); Shelby Patterson (Peyton); ANNA PTASINSKI (REGIS JESUIT); Savannah Smith (Fossil Ridge)
Coach: Terri Ward (Niwot)
GIRLS WHITE TEAM
Katie Chavez (Holy Familly), Lyndsey Chavez (Holy Family), Michelle Cox (Denver East), KATIE CUNNINGHAM (GRANDVIEW); Callie Kaiser (Broomfield); Tatum Neubert (Elizabeth); MICHAELA ONYENWERE (GRANDVIEW); Mikayla Reese (Sand Creek); Kylee Shook (Mesa Ridge); Lexy Thordersen (Rock Canyon)
Coach: Dwight Berry (Denver East)