Eastern Conference selections to the 2006 CBA All-Star game in Boise, Idaho, Jan. 17 featured four Rockford Lightning: forward Roger Powell Jr., center Kenyon Gamble, guard Ronnie Fields and guard Marlon Parmer.
Powell, a 6-foot, 6-inch forward out of the University of Illinois and the Lightnings fourth-round draft pick this season, made his first appearance in the All-Star game. Powell leads the Lightning in points this season averaging 22.2 per game, along with 7.2 rebounds per game. He is also second in the league in offensive rebounds averaging 3.5 per game.
Also in his first All-Star game was rookie center and Rockfords second-round pick Gamble. Gamble is a 6-foot, 11-inch center out of Tuskegee University. He leads the league in blocked shots with 2.7 per game, and is on pace to rank among Lightning all-time career leaders in blocked shots after just one season.
Fields, a 6-foot, 3-inch guard out of Chicagos Farragut Academy High School, made his second appearance in the All-Star game this season. He has been a part of the festivities twice in his career, once in 1997 when he won the All-Star Slam Dunk Competition, and again in 2003 as a member of the team. Fields is averaging 20.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.8 steals per game for the Lightning this season. He is among the league leaders in points and steals, and has been a crucial part of the teams successful start this season.
In his first season with the Lightning, 6-foot, 3-inch guard Parmer has put up impressive numbers as he has averaged 21.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 7.6 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Parmer was an All-Star in 2005 with the Yakima Sun Kings, and made his second All-Star appearance in as many years this season as a member of the Lightning. He scored 15 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists in last years game, but came up short to the Eastern Conference team coached by Lightning Head Coach Chris Daleo.
The local media and CBA head coaches are asked to vote on which players to select to the All-Star teams. Coaches are selected by having the highest quarter-point average at the halfway point of the season.
From the Jan. 18-24, 2006, issue