Long Beach, Calif. – With two talent-laden teams and a one-point halftime score differential, it looked like the 6th Annual Ballislife All-American Game presented by Eastbay was going to come down to the wire just as the 2015 game did, but Team Elite pulled away in the second half to record a 152-134 victory over Team Future at Long Beach (Calif.) City College.
It was definitely the best collection of talent in the game’s six-year history and it only figures to get better in the coming years. Among the collection of Ballislife All-Americans, the one that arguably shined the brightest among the 20 was Auburn-bound small forward Mustapha Heron of Sacred Heart (Waterbury, Conn.). He netted 31 points, collected five rebounds and collected two steals for Team Elite to cop co-MVP honors in the contest.
Heron was aided in leading his team to victory by Kansas-bound power forward Mitch Lightfoot of Gilbert Christian (Gilbert, Ariz.). The rugged and serious-minded player scored a game-high 32 points, including 27 in the second half, and added six rebounds. Small forward Vance Jackson of Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.) also had a standout game in his return to Southern California, finishing with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Jackson, a UConn recruit, is originally from Los Angeles and played as an underclassman at St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.).
Earning co-MVP honors along with Heron was Team Future’s Lonzo Ball of FAB 50 National Champion Chino Hills (Calif.). The point guard headed to UCLA finished with 17 points, eight rebounds, 15 assists and two steals. The 15 assists by Ball broke the event record of 10 previously held by Dominic Artis (Oregon/UTEP) and Tyler Ulis (Kentucky). Artis had 15 points and 10 assists in the 2012 game and Ulis had eight points, 10 assists and three steals in the 2014 game.
Other standouts for Team Future included Michigan St.-bound power forward Miles Bridges of Huntington Prep (Huntington, W. Va.). The Flint, Mich. native finished with 25 points, four assists and some rim-rattling dunks. Arizona-bound Rawle Alkins of Word of God Christian Academy (Raleigh, N.C.) by way of Brooklyn, N.Y. added 20 points, six rebounds and two assists.
Heron and Alkins were co-MVPS of the 2015 Pangos All-American Camp held in Southern California.
Alkins’ future college teammate, shooting guard Terrance Ferguson of Advanced International Prep (Dallas), won the BILAAG Slam Dunk Contest presented by Eastbay. Included in Ferguson’s dunking exhibition was a free throw line windmill dunk that brought the house down. The 3-point contest was captured by Marquette-bound guard Markus Howard of Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.).