HAGERSTOWN – More than 350 senior high school basketball players represented 150 public and private schools Saturday and Sunday at the 11th annual Roundball Classic at North Hagerstown High School’s Hub Arena.
The all-star event showcased students from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and D.C. in a series of matchups. Over the years, multiple Classic alumni have extended their basketball career to the college level. Several players have gone on to perform at the professional level.
College coaches from universities such as Frostburg State, Salisbury, Catholic and the University of D.C. attended the games Saturday.
Whitman guard Shaq Diboti-Lobe, Springbrook guard Falu Seck and Rockville guard Ben Wiebusch represented Montgomery County in the Mason Dixon Elite game.
Seck, Diboti-Lobe and Wiebusch teamed up with 14 players from other Maryland schools to form the Maryland All-Stars. They faced the Piedmont All-Stars, a team that featured students from Pennsylvania schools and one student from Archbishop Carroll in D.C.
The Maryland All-Stars defeated the Piedmont All-Stars 93-87 in a highly competitive game that saw students rotating on and off the bench to get everyone equal playing time.
Each player wore his school’s jersey and colors. Dunbar guard Tremaine Tazewell won Most Valuable Player for the Mason Dixon Elite game.
Diboti-Lobe says he was excited when his coach at Whitman told him he’d be participating in the Roundball Classic.
“To know that some people have gone pro from here, it’s really cool to play in this game,” he said. “I’m really happy that I got the chance my senior year to play in this game.”
Diboti-Lobe had five points in Saturday’s game. He says he expects to attend prep school after high school graduation. The senior wants to take his game to the college level, and has a few locations in mind.
Seck says his participation in the Classic was another accomplishment he can add to his senior year accolades. The Springbrook standout drove fearlessly through the Piedmont All-Stars defense as he posted 14 points.
“It’s an honor to play in an event like this, especially with your friends,” he said.
Seck says he wants to study biology in college. He intends to visit schools in the upcoming months and appears excited about the prospect of furthering his playing career.
“The atmosphere of college basketball, the fan base. It’s a great thing to be a part of,” he said.
Nine-year Arundel head coach Jeff Starr was chosen to coach the Maryland All-Stars team. Starr says he’d heard of Seck and Diboti-Lobe before he met them.
“I just try to keep tabs on all the good players from around the state,” he said. “Those two guys had great seasons.”
Starr says the Classic is a great way for athletes to get noticed.
“It’s fun for these kids to get an opportunity to play with other talented players from around the state, as well as in front of college coaches,” he said. “This was a great opportunity for them to end their season on a good note.”