On June 14, 2012, an alumni basketball game, at 6:30 p.m., will be played between former Leesville and Broughton players in the Leesville Gym. The game will commemorate the February 6, 2001 match-up between Broughton and Leesville, which was played at Reynolds Coliseum.
The proceeds of this game will benefit the Richard Murphy Scholarship, but online donations can be made as well (to make a donation, 4601 Six Forks Road; Suite 524; Raleigh; NC 27509).
The game in 2001 featured Anthony Richardson (for Leesville) and Shavlik Randolph (for Broughton), future Florida State and Duke basketball players. The two will be playing in the June 14 game.
Shavlik Randolph went on to play for the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers and Miami Heat; he is currently not on an active roster. Richardson went on to play in the NBA Development League, playing for the Reno Bighorns.
The 2001 game between the two was not only two stars, but featured two teams that were loaded with future college basketball players. Shawan Robinson from Leesville went on to play four years for Clemson, and Will Roach from Broughton played basketball at NC State.
Other notable players who will play in the Alumni Game include DJ Thompson, a former Appalachian State player. He currently plays pro basketball in Europe. Nick Chasten, who played college basketball for NC Central University, and Jeff Monroe, a two time All-American at Hampton will also participate.
The game was especially significant in 2001 because Leesville went on to the state championship game, and Broughton lost in the 4A final four.
Admission prices for the game will be $10 for adults and $5 for children five and under, with all proceeds going to the scholarship.
This is an excellent opportunity not only to donate money to a good cause, but to remember an important part of the Leesville-Broughton rivalry’s history.