"This [game] just kind of came together. It was a pretty easy sell to get all these WVU kids to play their first game in West Virginia. They're all excited about that. The original plan was maybe to split them up, but I got a call from Rob Fulford [coach of Huntington Prep, about adding his players]. I know people in the state live to see WVU kids, and I know they didn't have a good year, but these four signees are being counted on to come in and play and we thought it'd be a good idea to put them all on one team.''
The Huntington Prep trio playing on the Crossroads Chevy team is comprised of 6-0 point guard Travon Landry (who's headed to Tennessee), 6-9 Moses Kingsley (Arkansas) and 6-9 Dominic Woodson (Baylor).
"It's not like we're going to be playing against Swiss cheese,'' Herbert said of the Crossroads Chevy team. "They're going to be loaded, too. They've got guys going to Virginia Tech, Utah, Baylor, Tennessee, VMI - you name it. Unless you've coached at the college level, you've never coached that kind of talent all on one team.''
Ryan Arrowood, a former Mountain State assistant coach and current assistant to Fulford at Huntington Prep, will direct the Crossroads Chevy squad, and will be helped by a pair of former Woodrow Wilson standouts - Jason Slay, now an assistant coach at Hargrave Military Academy, and Shane Maynard, an assistant at Massanutten Military Academy.
The event, which is named after the late Scott Brown, a former Beckley Register-Herald sportswriter, previously paired West Virginia Class AAA standouts against their AA-A counterparts in a single game.
Bolen, however, saw a chance to spruce it up this season, and is considering making it a permanent change.
"I don't know, it's been pretty enjoyable putting it together,'' Bolen said. "We may do it every year.
"I'm not a big all-star kind of guy for just sitting there and watching, but when you can put something against something to make them play . . . single-A kids want to beat double-A kids. All those Huntington Prep kids want to beat those other [WVU] kids. I think people prefer that kind of game. It's not just throw it off the backboard and dunk it. I ran this game for 24 years as triple-A against double-A and single-A. It's always been about competition and never been just a show.''
Some of the state's top AAA players are sprinkled onto either roster in the national game. Playing for Little General are Andrew Johnson (Woodrow Wilson), Ryan Meadows (Princeton), Ra'Shaud Kincaid and Hunter Moles (SC) and Chase Connor (Shady Spring). On the Crossroads squad is Jalen Lewis (Martinsburg).
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.