Pope plays in all-star game, still working on college decision
Faith Pope donned his Mt. Pleasant uniform one last time when he played in the Elite USA Eastern Iowa All-Star Basketball Game at Iowa City West on Wednesday night.
Pope was one of 20 players on this side of the state who were selected to play in the game. Teaming up with such players as Danville’s Steven and Michael Soukup, Iowa City West’s Jeremy Morgan and Myzeah Batie-Gaddy, Sigourney’s Vaclav Bujnoch and Lone Tree’s Bryan Forbes, Pope and the South team defeated the North by a score of 87-79.
Batie-Gaddy led the South with 20 points in the win.
Other South team members were Ky Kramer from Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Matt Vonderhaar and Billy Daniel from Davenport Assumption.
The North team was made up of Klint Carlson from Waverly-Shell Rock, Domen Zevnik from Dubuque Wahlert, Matt Lassen and Jimmy Roth from Linn-Mar, TJ Lake from Western Dubuque, Trey Sampson from Cedar Rapids Xavier, Jace Hanna from Cedar Rapids Prairie, Josh Weeber from Dubuque Senior, Trace Heyer from North Fayette and Jove Ellison from Maquoketa Valley.
The boys’ game followed the girls’ all-star game. There was a three-point contest during halftime of the girls’ game, which was won by Courteney McCrary of Cedar Rapids Prairie for the girls and Trey Sampson of Cedar Rapids Xavier for the boys.
There was a dunk contest during halftime of the boys’ game. There was no official winner declared in that contest, but Iowa City West’s Jeremy Morgan was the last one on the court.
Last night’s game was the third and final all-star game for Pope. He’s also played in a senior all-star game at Burlington Notre Dame, and last weekend he participated in the Iowa Baseketball Coaches Association’s all-star tournament.
In the ICBA games, Southeast Iowa won the boys’ side of the tournament, defeating Southwest Iowa, 110-78, and then Northwest Iowa in the championship, 110-81. Pope scored a combined 37 points in the two games.
“I’m having a blast,” Pope said. “It’s fun to play with all different people, and it’s a good environment.”
The Mt. Pleasant senior was one of six players at the Eastern Iowa All-Star game who is listed as “undecided” for which college he will attend next year.
“I start visits next month,” Pope said after the game.
He admits that he is leaning a certain way, but doesn’t want to give away any details.
“I’m trying to keep it on the down low until I decide,” he said.
But he is willing to share that he’s visiting both Kirkwood Community College and Southeastern Community College, as well as a school in Colorado and one in Texas.
“I’ll probably decide next month (after I visit the colleges),” Pope said.