West, Frampton gun for one last win in North-South game

CHRIS DORST | Gazette-Mail
Notre Dame’s Jarrod West, left, and Poca’s Luke Frampton joke around during a break from practice Thursday for the North South basketball game. West will play at Marshall next season, while Frampton will play at Davidson.

Luke Frampton of Poca and Jarrod West of Notre Dame have had pretty full prep basketball careers.

Each has played for a state championship team, each was selected to the all-state first team multiple times and both earned scholarships to Division I programs.

Now, the good friends and AAU teammates have one more chance for glory before their high school playing days are over — but it comes at the expense of each other.

Frampton and West suit up for opposite teams Friday evening in the North-South All-Star Classic at the South Charleston Community Center — Frampton for the South and West for the North.

They expect to give each other some good-natured grief leading up to Saturday’s tipoff.

“Oh yeah, it’s definitely personal,” West said with a grin before Friday’s practice at the Charleston Catholic Athletic Complex. “There’s some bragging rights, but it’s still going to be fun.”

The game is scheduled to start around 7:30 p.m., following pregame skills competitions (free throw, 3-point, slam dunk) that begin at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for all fans.

Several all-state players will compete for both sides, but Davidson recruit Frampton and Marshall recruit West will grab a lot of the attention.

West, a 5-foot-10 point guard, averaged 21.2 points in leading the Irish to the Class A title last March, and edged Frampton in voting for the Bill Evans Award as the player of the year in West Virginia. West is also a three-time first-team all-state selection.

The 6-5 Frampton averaged 23.9 points for the Dots as a senior and was voted to the Class AA all-state first team for a second time. A four-year starter, he played on Poca’s 2015 title team.

Even though they lived almost three hours apart, Frampton has gotten to know West fairly well, as they’ve competed for the same summertime AAU basketball team for the past three years.

“He’s a great kid, a great player,” Frampton said, “fun to be around.”

Frampton said he and West have chatted about Friday’s game and what might happen.

“For sure, we’ve talked about it the last few weeks,” Frampton said, “even though we’re on different teams. We said we want to go one-on-one a few times during the game, so if that happens, it happens. If not, I’ll be all right with it.”

West also said the two have some unfinished business in the pregame 3-point shootout, since Frampton beat him in before the Scott Brown Classic in Beckley.

“He got me there,” West said, “so I’ve got to get him on this one. I told him we’re going to have an individual one-on-one [3-point] battle during the game.”

Both Frampton and West have already started summer school classes at their respective college campuses, but were granted a leave of absence by their coaches to play in Friday’s game.

At the Community Center, they’ll be joined by a lot of firepower on either side.

Other 20-point scorers for the South besides Frampton include St. Joseph’s DeAundra Murphy (27.6), Ripley’s Jamison Hunt (23.3), Spring Valley’s Chandler Stacy (21.9) and Greenbrier East’s Seth Brown (20.4). Besides West, the North sports Trey Shuff of Gilmer County (20.2) and Riley Heatherington of Ravenswood (20.0).

A late addition to the game, George Washington’s Tracy Conliffe, was put on the North roster since that side had a couple of injury absences.

The South has won the last five games and holds a 28-6 lead since the series was revived in 1983.

The West Virginia Athletic Directors Association, which has sponsored the game since 2012, will again award a pair of $500 scholarships — one to a player on each squad.

Contact Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickryan@wvgazettemail.com. Follow him on Twitter @RickRyanWV.

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