Making predictions for the 34th UP All-Star game

6/13/2019 | Column | By Bryce Derouin
Bryce.Derouin@TheUpbeatSports.com

T he final UP basketball event of the 2018-19 season will take place Saturday in Newberry with the 34th annual Upper Peninsula All-Star Classic. The event regularly brings together some of the UP’s top players and for some fans, it’s their first look at them.

With the game coming nearly three months after the players’ last official appearance, it’s always interesting to see what kind of shape and where their skillsets currently stand. Typically, the players set to play basketball at the collegiate level resemble their midseason form the most — if not having improved themselves over the offseason.

The dunk, free-throw and 3-point skill competitions are set to start at 10 a.m., while the girls game is scheduled to tip at noon before the boys 1:45 p.m. start time.

Instead of a normal game preview, I’m going to make my picks for the winners of each game and each skill competition. I’ll also be listing my top three candidates for who I think could earn MVP honors.

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