Turns out there is one more game for a trio of Camden seniors.
Brett Forbes, Jake McDaniels and Shaquille Joyner are among the Albemarle area’s top seniors tabbed to play in the Senior Division Exposure Game, part of a host of AAU showcase games today at Northeastern.
Facing senior invitees of a Hampton Roads-area squad, the Bruins players will join a local group that includes Pasquotank’s Lashaun Banks and Edenton’s Cha’Quann Martin.
The contest highlights today’s slate of games, which start at 9:30 a.m. with various AAU clubs ranging in age from 12 to 18. At 5 p.m., the area’s top senior girls face a Hampton Roads team.
After an extended postseason run that put Camden into the 1A East Regional semifinals, Forbes is glad to play extra basketball.
“We ended on a good run to the regionals and it’s sad that it’s over, but here’s a game where we have the opportunity to play together one more time,” Forbes said. “We’ll make the best of it and have a good time.”
It’s also a time to make another impression on college coaches.
Coaches from Division II schools such as CIAA teams Chowan, Virginia State and Elizabeth City State will be on hand, as well as North Carolina Wesleyan, Pitt Community College and Christopher Newport.
Forbes, who has been accepted to Christopher Newport, is still undecided on his college plans and if they will include basketball.
“I’ll just go out and play, and if coaches see me and like me and want to talk to me, I’ll consider them,” Forbes said. “Overall, you just go out there and play.”
Camden’s seniors will play alongside Four Rivers Conference rivals Carl McCray from Plymouth and South Creek’s Justin Williams.
The North Carolina team will also have Bertie’s Malcolm Cherry and Raekwon Williams and First Flight’s Billy Foster.
“This is a chance to see them one more time and maybe confirm an offer,” showcase organizer Shawn Tolson said. “I’ve seen this game do that for some kids.”
The crop of Hampton Roads players have yet to lose in the annual contest, and while not the absolute best team it could offer, will boast three players — Jacorey Smith and Byron Taylor of King’s Fork in Suffolk and Steve Beinlien of Great Bridge — that were named on The Virginian Pilot’s All-Tidewater Second Team.
Former Northeastern player Javon Gibbs, now a 6-8 power forward at Atlantic Shores in Virginia Beach, will return to old stomping grounds and play for Hampton Roads today.
Forbes was able to participate in his first team practice Thursday, and said watching previous Senior Exposure games shows the area club has had the tools to compete with Hampton Roads.
“I’ve seen great talent from Virginia players, but we’ve got some good players in the local area,” Forbes said. “We’ll go out and play as hard as we can and hopefully put up a fight against them.”
In the girls game, the area will have senior players on hand from NCC champ Pasquotank (Ishira McClease, Dottie Elliott, Tyanna Green), Edenton (Zikia Leary, Shakia Beasley) and Currituck (Kayla Powell).