VALDOSTA –– On Tuesday, July 23, former Valdosta State basketball standouts Beau Justice, Josh Sparks, Jarroid Johnson and Damian Young, along with current VSU assistant men's basketball coach Blake Justice will participate in the first Coaches vs. Pros game at Lowndes High School in Valdosta.
The game will highlight a variety of professional basketball players from overseas, including Italy, Germany, Spain, Argentina, Chile and Turkey; versus basketball coaches from around the area, including Blake Justice.
The doors will open at 7 p.m. There will be concessions, music and door prizes will be raffles. Admission is $5 per person and all proceeds will be donated to the Lowndes High School basketball program.
Beau Justice graduated from VSU in the spring, capping an outstanding three-year career for the Blazers as he earned All-America honors this season and last. He finished his storied career fifth all-time in school history with 1,754 points in just three seasons and his 18.7 points per game average ranks fourth all-time. He leads the VSU record book in made 3-pointers (257) and 3-pointers attempted (622). As a junior he was named to the prestigious Gulf South Conference Top Ten and earned NABC All-America accolades, along with being named GSC Player of the Year.
His older brother, Blake, has coached for the Blazers for two seasons as the assistant coach helping VSU to GSC regular season titles each year, along with a pair of berths in the NCAA postseason. He graduated from VSU after scoring over 1,000 points for the Blazers. He had an outstanding three-year career for the Blazers, before becoming a graduate assistant coach for VSU in 2016-17. Both Blake and Beau were part of the Blazers' three-straight Gulf South Conference regular season titles, dating back to the 2016-17 season.
Sparks finished a great career for the Blazers in 2013 and leads the school record book in blocked shots with 246, which is good for second all-time in the GSC. Young played one season for the Blazers in 2016-17 as a senior transfer from Mississippi Valley State. Young played in 32 games with five starts, averaging 11.2 points per game with 50 3-pointers and 138 made field goals. He averaged 3.1 rebounds per game. Johnson finished his career for the Blazers in 2013 in one season of action. He played in 29 games that year helping the team to a 19-10 record overall.
Come out and watch some exciting basketball Tuesday evening and see a number former Blazers in action on the hardwood.