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Sears Shines At All-Star Game

Justin Sears jump shot (Jamie Schwaberow, Clarkson Creative)
Justin Sears jump shot (Jamie Schwaberow, Clarkson Creative)

Starts For East Squad; Scores Four Points, Grabs Five Rebounds In 18 Minutes

HOUSTON, Texas – It didn't take long for Justin Sears to get involved in the 2016 Reese's Division I College All-Star game. Sears started and took the opening tap for the East squad, which ended up falling to the West 89-85 in front of 19,270 fans at NRG Stadium, the site of Saturday's Final Four games.

It was a very positive opportunity for Sears, who was 2-of-4 from the field, scored four points, grabbed five rebounds and added an assist and a steal in 18 minutes. Former Chicago Bulls head coach and current ESPN NBA analyst Doug Collins coached Sears and the East squad.

"It was a great experience, and I learned a lot from being in the event," Sears said shortly after the game. "I was able to play against the top competition in the country while at the same time learn a lot from Coach Collins. The atmosphere in Houston around the Final Four has been amazing, and it has been an honor to represent Yale down here."

Sears could have stayed for the national semifinal games but opted to fly back on Saturday to catch up on his school work.

While in Houston, Sears also learned that he was named a Senior Class Award first team All-American. He had been one of 10 finalists for the prestigious award, which was presented to Michigan State's Denzel Valentine.

Sears still has more basketball ahead before graduation. He will attend the 2016 Gotham Hoops Invitational in New York next weekend and the Portsmouth Invitational later in April.

A tape delayed broadcast of the game will air on CBS on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity