Inner City All-Star Classic event held at North High

The 24th Annual Inner City All-Star Classic, featuring the top senior girls’ and boys’ basketball layers in the Twin Cities, was held last Saturday at Minneapolis North High School.

Mikayla Homola (Osseo) led Team Faith to victory over Team Truth, scoring 16 points and capturing the Tamara Moore MVP trophy in the girls’ game, named after the 1998 Ms. Basketball winner from Minneapolis North.

(l-r) Mikayla Homola, Aejah Lockett and Zaria Whitlock (Photos by Mitch McDonald/MSR News))


After scoring 27 points while leading Team Knowledge past Team Wisdom in the boys’ contest, McKinley Wright IV (Champlin Park) was named the Derek Reuben MVP, named after the 1988 Mr. Basketball honoree and co-founder of the event from Minneapolis North.

Aejah Lockett (Simley) won the girls’ three-point contest, while sharpshooter Jordan Horn (Tartan) took first in the boys’ competition.

(l-r) McKinley Wright IV, Jordan Horn and Gonar Mar (Photos by Mitch McDonald/MSR News)


Zaria Whitlock (Tartan) and Gonar Mar (DeLaSalle) were each awarded the Kwame McDonald Academic Achievement Award, named after the late community activist and MSR columnist, for having the highest GPA among the girls’ and boys’ players respectively.

For the past four years the game had been held at the University of St. Thomas before Reuben decided to move it to his alma mater. His reason was simple:

“It was time to bring the game back to the community,” said Reuben, who sponsored the game with former DeLaSalle and Michigan State University star and current Los Angeles Clipper Alan Anderson.


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