Eddy averaged 26.2 points per game as a senior. He was runner-up to Grantham for the Evans Award and a Class AAA first-team all-state selection. Newsome and Brewer led Tug Valley to the Class A state title one year after winning the Class AA championship. Both were honored as Class A first-team all-state selections.
"It just so happens that Mikey Newsome and Austin Brewer are playing with Tug Valley and they dropped to A this year," Gillispie said. "If they would have stayed AA, they both would have still played (in the North-South game). Those are two of the better players in the state regardless of class."
In addition to the Tug Valley duo, fellow first-team all-staters Levi Jordan (Buffalo) and Keith Mullins (Greater Beckley Christian) and honorable mention Zach Casto (Charleston Catholic) will look to represent Class A strongly.
Gillispie, in his third year as director of the North-South contest, is also athletic director of Charleston Catholic. Though Gillispie said the player selection committee does not pick individuals by class, he's pleased to see so many athletes from the smaller schools.
"When we go to pick the teams, we don't really look at A, AA or AAA," he said. "We just try to get the top players. We're picking positions, so you can't have all guards or all forwards, but it's definitely a nice touch."
The South squad will also feature a slew of Kanawha Valley players in South Charleston point guard Ra'Shaud Kincaid, Nitro's Angelo Sirianni and Cody Morris, of Herbert Hoover.
First-team captain for the AA all-state team Brett Morris will also join the South team. Morris, a 6-4 forward from Webster County, averaged 25.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game and will walk on at WVU.
Chapmanville's Mackenzie Martin averaged a double-double with 20.5 points and 11 rebounds per contest en route to a AA first-team all-state selection.
While talent abounds on both team rosters, time together does not. Each team is afforded two two-hour practices before the all-star game.
"It's going to be very difficult to judge and we might not find the best five that goes together until halfway through the game," Elkins said.
Because of the unique situation, teams will not be allowed to employ zone defenses and may only press when behind 10 points or more.
"It's a game of one-on-one, five guys playing five guys and one-on-one," Elkins said. "You're going to see some great passes and some great plays, but it's going to come down to one-on-one play, because you can't get a great offensive set in two two-hour practices. It's going to come down to guys making plays on their own, kind of ad lib situations."
With those rules and that talent, the stage will be set for the players to shine one final time.