High School: Devonta Abron

FORT WORTH, Texas – For such a dominating presence at 6-foot-8 and 235 pounds, Devonta Abron of Seagoville was surprisingly invisible in the first half of the Texas High School Coaches Association basketball All-Star game.

With just five points and five boards from Abron in the first half, former The Colony point guard Austin Chatman stole the spotlight by dropping dimes to his newly acquainted North All-Star teammates.

“I wasn’t hitting any shots so I had to find another way to win the game, so I did what I had to do,” Chatman said.

Devonta Abron
Travis L Brown/ESPNDallas.com Seagoville's Devonta Abron was the North MVP of the THSCA All-Star game, leading his team to victory with 27 points and 10 rebounds.
The no-defense format of the game fit right into Chatman’s style, setting up teammates on bounce-pass alley-oops and behind-the-back passes.

However, all the Globetrotter-like showmanship would end up for naught in his stat line after the majority of his teammates couldn't convert the bucket after he dialed up an outstanding connection.

Every rim-rejected dunk would draw a jokingly annoyed glare from Chatman, followed by a large grin from the soon-to-be Creighton freshman.

“I gave them a lot [of joking grief], but I mean you got to live with it,” Chatman said.

With great professionalism, Chatman attributed the misfires to the lack of experience he had with the other players, throwing the timing off.

Luckily for Chatman and the other North All-Stars, Abron came out of the tunnel in the second half like a man among boys, leading the North to a 103-94 victory.

Abron threw down dunk after dunk on his way to a 27-point, 10-rebound night. As each dunk was slammed, he came further out of his shell, peaking in the fourth when he threw down a monster dunk and then hit a long-range two, each celebrated with flexed muscles.

“I just wasn’t playing good so the second half my team told me to come on with it, so I listened to them and picked my game up and started balling,” Abron said. “When I got that first slam, I was ready to ball.”

Abron, an Arkansas recruit, put an exclamation point on his argument for the North MVP with a transition alley-oop dunk with half a minute left on the clock which he credited to friendly trash-talking from friends he had made on the South team.

“They’d been talking noise all these days, so I just told them I was going to bring it to them,” Abron said.

After he concluded his beastly performance, he quietly left the court with a giant grin on his face, saying he was just ready to take his MVP plaque back to share with his hometown of Seagoville.
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Former Seagoville post and Arkansas recruit Devonta Abron needed a half to warm up in the Texas High School Coaches Association basketball All-Star game, but he came alive in the second half, flexing his muscles and throwing down slams to seal a 103-94 North All-Star victory and a North MVP award.

* Four of the area's five players on the North squad started the game: The Colony's Austin Chatman, Flower Mound's Jordan Green, Abron and Melissa's Hondo Webb. That line got two shifts in the first, helping the North All-Stars to a quick lead, ending the first frame on top, 28-19.

*The second began with a rush of South points narrowing the deficit to as few as four by way of pure showmanship, throwing down dunks or hitting from behind the arc. Fundamentals gave way to flair as the second half came to a close, with turnover and fouls keeping either team from scoring. The North remained on top at the half, 51-47.

* Hustle and flash was the name of the game for Chatman in the first half. He pulled the ball outside in transition halfway through the second quarter and attempted a hard bounce alley-oop to Forrest Robinson that was just barely tipped over the streaking Robinson's hand in the paint. Had the defense not been alert, the crafty dish would have connected with Robinson for an easy dunk. Chatman then finished the first half with a no-look dish into the lane in transition but couldn't get the assist from Tashawn Thomas. Chatman was failed by another teammate with a minute left in the game when Jordan Green missed a wide open dunk after a Chatman no-look, behind-the-back pass.

* The North's only spark in the third quarter was Abron, who threw down three slams that kept the South's momentum at bay. The South tied the score for the first time since the beginning of the game at 53 just a minute and a half into the third and took its first lead, 66-64, with 3:30 left in the third, then finished the third with the lead, 73-72.

* Abron again kept the South's momentum down in the fourth, throwing down a dunk to start the quarter and hitting a 3 on the very next possession. A few Thomas mid-range jumpers kept the fourth run in favor of the North. A pair of 3s by the South's Tyler Friedel kept the game close with under two minutes left in the fourth, but the North kept possession for the majority of the final minute to seal the game.

* The South's Tre Demps of San Antonio Reagan won the MVP award for his squad.

* During halftime, the teams remained on the floor to watch a few participants from each team take part in a 3-point contest and a dunk contest. Webb came in second in the 3-point contest, draining 11 in a minute, but came four short of the winner, Victoria East's Friedel. Flower Mound's Green won the dunk contest, throwing down all three of his tries on the first try.

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