Jaylon Clements will get the opportunity this summer to showcase his skills in an all-star environment.
The Skyline forward has been selected to play in the 77th North-South Boys Basketball All-Star Game, which is scheduled for Tuesday, July 14.
“It’s really big honor,” Clements said.
The game, which is part of the annual AHSAA/AHSADCA All-Star Week July 13-16 in Montgomery, is for players who will be seniors during the 2020-21 school year. Clements will be the first local player to play in the North-South Boys All-Star Basketball Game since Scottsboro’s Tavaras Tolliver and Spencer Garner in 2014.
Clements found out he had been selected for the game after receiving a congratulatory text message from a friend.
“I couldn’t believe it when I found out,” Clements said. “I didn’t even know they’d entered me (for consideration). It was a good surprise.”
Clements, a 6-foot-6 forward, averaged 13 points and eight rebounds per game for Skyline last season as the Vikings went 30-4 and advanced to the Class 1A Northeast Regional, where he was an all-regional team selection. Clements is a two-year starter for the Vikings.
“Nobody deserves it more,” said Skyline coach Ronnie McCarver. “(Clements) absolutely loves basketball. He’s doing something basketball every day. I’m glad to see him make it. It’s a good opportunity for him.”
Clements is the first Skyline player selected to participate in the North-South All-Star Game.
McCarver said Clements is an all-around skilled player.
“Offensively he can shoot, play outside and in and is really good around the goal. Defensively, he’s long and good on the boards,” the coach said. “He’s developed into a real good player.”
Clements said he’s hoping to take advantage of the opportunity and catch the attention of college coaches.
“I’m ready to get down there and play against all those good players and show what I’m about,” Clements said. “It’s going to be a good experience.”