PILOT MOUNTAIN — Some of the best players in the ACC took center stage in front of a packed house at East Surry High School on Thursday night in the 36th-annual Barnstorming Tour.
ACC Player of the Year and NBA prospect T.J. Warren of N.C. State headlined an ACC All-Star lineup that also featured 7-foot Jordan Vandenburg of N.C. State, UNC’s Leslie McDonald, and Duke’s Tyler Thornton and Josh Hairston.
The ACC team, coached by UNC great Phil Ford, defeated the Surry County All-Stars 168-100. Surry’s team, which had players from East Surry, Mount Airy, North Surry, Surry Central, West Stokes and North Stokes, hung around for a while early thanks to its outside shooting.
Both sides of the bleachers were full of fans — many of which were decked out in their favorite ACC team’s color.
Area star Scott Meredith won the 3-point contest at halftime. Zach Wilmoth of Surry Central had a good showing in the dunk contest, but the winner was Wake Forest’s Travis McKie.
Warren, the ACC’s leading scorer this season as a sophomore, recently declared his eligibility for the NBA Draft in June. He played sparingly in the game. The biggest roar from the crowd came when former Mount Airy standout Wade Moody’s name was announced in the ACC All-Star lineup.
Moody, who walked on at North Carolina, saw a solid amount of playing time, hit a few buckets in the game and participated in the 3-point contest.
In a game that had a Harlem Globetrotters-type atmosphere, the All-Star players treated fans to an array of alley-oop dunks and razzle-dazzle play. Referees got involved in the game — one made a layup and another hit a 3-pointer. Another had an assist to an ACC player for a layup. If a foul was committed, the refs or players would grab an unsuspecting fan out of the bleachers to attempt the free throw.
East Surry Principal Diane Beane was one of the lucky fans picked to shoot during the second half. She knocked down the free throw to the delight of the crowd.
After the game, players and coaches signed autographs and had photos taken with fans of all ages.
The tour’s next stop is Person High School tonight, then the All-Stars finish up at Triton High on April 23 and Epiphany School on April 25.