SchollyMe gives big assist to high school girls hoops

IRVINE, Calif. — SchollyMe gave a huge assist to the game of girls basketball Saturday night.

The result of the feed was a slam dunk.

Once the news came down that the WBCA High School All-American game would be cancelled, SchollyMe found an opportunity to step up.

The top boys all star games are the McDonald’s All American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic. For girls, it’s McDonald’s and the WBCA.

With the cancellation of the latter, that left a void in the girls game, leaving them with one legitimate option which didn’t sit well with Prenctice Beverly.

"I went to Mel (SchollyMe CEO Melvin Nunnery) and I said ‘Mel, these girls deserve another game,’ " said Beverly, who is the SchollyMe girls basketball evaluator. "I said ‘you got some of the top players in the country who are only going to play one All-American game.’ "

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Beverly, an already well known national talent evaluator, teamed up with SchollyMe to try to orchestrate a game. It was a rush effort.

"What you just saw was the result of something that normally takes 11 months to plan, we probably planned it in about three," Beverly said. "We just wanted to show the girls some love and something other than just the McDonald’s game.

"It was just all fun. We was just looking out for the kids."

He was able to help get players on board. In all, 10 McDonald’s All-Americans were on the floor Saturday night at Concordia University with SchollyMe White Team defeating SchollyMe Black, 97-92.

Regardless of the score, the result was a lot of happy young ladies who had the opportunity to compete at the high school level one last time.

"I’m very grateful," said Windward guard Jordin Canada who competed for SchollyMe Black. "I’m happy that I got selected to be invited to this game and I had a great experience here. I had a lot of fun with the girls that came in and played as well."

Added Long Beach Poly and SchollyMe White’s Lajahna Drummer: "I know the boys have a little bit more than us but they’re boys. I think it’s kind of unfair but us girls still do as much as the guys do…we just don’t dunk."

Canada and Drummer will be teammates at UCLA next season.

On the boys side, the SchollyMe White overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat SchollyMe Black 101-100.

In a surprise to all, Mater Dei’s Stanley Johnson competed for SchollyMe White. Johnson wasn’t scheduled to participate in the game having played in the Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn the night before.

He was actually just in attendance to support some of his fellow McDonald’s All-Americans on the girls side, but game directors gave him a jersey.

Johnson made a last second decision to play in the game and took home game MVP honors. He also won the dunk contest.

Taft’s Chris Sandifer won game MVP honors for SchollyMe Black.