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February 21, 2014

Russell Christian guard make All-Star squad

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Football may be Ashton Temple’s first love, but making the AISA All-Star basketball game is a nice treat, too.

Temple, a senior shooting guard for Russell Christian Academy, will compete on the West squad in today’s game, which tips off at 9 a.m. today at Huntington College. The game features All-Stars from all AISA classifications, Single-, Double- and Triple-A.

“It’s really special to me,” Temple said. “I’m not as good at basketball as I am at football, but I’m glad I made the team. I really just thank God for it, first of all. The whole team is great — we have a  good squad, and I look forward to playing (today).”

Temple averaged 19 points per game, just more than nine rebounds per game and about four steals per game, according to Nate Ballard, Russell Christian’s head football coach and assistant basketball coach.

“He’s a great kid who works really hard,” Ballard said. “He’ll do whatever you ask him to do. He’s kind of a quiet leader — he’s not very vocal, but he’s extremely gifted athletically.”

Ballard also said Temple’s All-Star game selection was a testament to the hard work Temple has put in from the beginning of the season until now.

“He works hard, and it speaks to the type of kid he is,” Ballard said. “He’s constantly striving to get better. He’s still working to walk on or get invited to walk on at a junior college in football.”

Temple said making the All-Star game wasn’t on his mind throughout the season, making him pleasantly surprised when he found out he made the team.

“Basketball isn’t my sport, football is, but I’m still excited,” Temple said. “I’m glad I made it. It’s a good opportunity.”

Temple is the son of Shaunda and Tawan Temple. His head coach in basketball is David Holifield.

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