Fairmont State University’s Marvin Rashad and Cornelius Dillard will take part in the annual Medpointe West Virginia Colleges’ All-Star Basketball Game which will be held at 7:30 p.m. today at the Washington Irving Middle School Gym.

The event traditionally pairs college seniors from West Virginia University, Marshall University and all of the West Virginia Conference schools as well as NAIA power Mountain State.

Admission is $5 and a portion of all proceeds will benefit the WI Middle School Athletic Fund and the Paul Snyder Scholarship Fund.

Rashad, a 6-4 guard/forward from Cleveland, Ohio, led FSU in scoring the past two seasons. He averaged 14.1 points and 6.4 rebounds this past year for the Falcons. Rashad, who spent just two seasons in a Fairmont State uniform, became only the 40th player in school history to top the 1,000-point mark for his career. He finished with 1,014 career points.

Dillard, a 6-6 forward/center from Fairmont, came on late in the season for the Falcons. He finished his career by leading FSU in scoring in its final three games. He had respective scoring performances of 22, 21 and 25 points. He ended up averaging 7.6 points and 3.6 rebounds.

At the conclusion of the game will be the annual slam dunk competition. Last year’s event was won by WVU-Tech’s Rodney Mayes.

“Our number one goal is to make sure these senior players have the most fun they’ve ever had in a game,” said Harrison County resident Barry Calef, who has organized the annual event since 1990. “Make no mistake, though, the guys lace their shoes up tight and battle for one last win in their college uniform.

“Everyone knows the D-I players, but Mountain State University and the West Virginia Conference is loaded with talent and those guys come to play.”


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