Lexington all-star game with Dillingham, Sheppard canceled


North Laurel’s Reed Sheppard has committed to Kentucky’s class of 2023.

Kentucky basketball fans were probably intrigued this month when it was announced that an all-star basketball game featuring several of the country’s top recruits — including several UK commits — was planned for Aug. 27 in Lexington.

The Midwest Charity Classic was to feature a plethora of the country’s top high school talent playing in Lexington, with the game acting as a fundraiser for flood-relief efforts in Eastern Kentucky.

Among the players who pledged to play in the contest were class of 2023 UK commits Robert Dillingham and Reed Sheppard, and class of 2024 UK target Travis Perry.

But due to a Kentucky High School Athletic Association rule, Sheppard (North Laurel High School) and Perry (Lyon County High School) wouldn’t have been able to play in the game, which was canceled Thursday afternoon.

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This story was originally published August 19, 2022 7:00 AM.

Cameron Drummond works as a sports reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader with a focus on Kentucky men’s basketball recruiting and the UK men’s basketball team, horse racing, soccer and other sports in Central Kentucky. Drummond is a first-generation American who was born and raised in Texas, before graduating from Indiana University. He is a fluent Spanish speaker who previously worked as a community news reporter in Austin, Texas.

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