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Hardiman coached in his first All-Star Game over the weekend and won the tournament



Jerdon Hardiman: Photo by Keith Phillips

Jerdon Hardiman coached in his first All-Star game over the weekend where he found much success.

“It was a real great experience and I love it,” Hardiman said. “I have a passion for this and this is what I love to do but my coaching style was something different to them and they responded good just like my kids in Vicksburg and we got out there and made it happen.”

Hardiman, who recently finished his seventh season as Vicksburg Junior High School head coach, led the Central Team to an 8-0 record over the weekend. His team was built with players from Vicksburg to Meridian including three of his own athletes: Jordan Clay, Marlyn Foy and Wallace Curry.

The All-Star Game was held at the MBA Center in Jackson where the best junior high basketball players in the state were present to show off their skills.

“Just getting all the guys together and knowing that it’s a big showcase and getting the kids their exposure was great because I love seeing kids happy,” Hardiman said.

Hardiman’s All-Star Team went on to win the championship by over 20 points on Sunday. He is also coming off a Little Six Championship in January where VJHS went 14-1 after defeating Northwest Rankin.


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