“The Montana-Wyoming game is just a huge honor because you represent the state and represent Powell if you’re selected,” Marshall McArthur said. “To represent Wyoming was a big honor.”
Wyoming lost Friday’s game in Sheridan 93-87 and Saturday’s rematch at Rocky Mountain College in Billings 88-82.
“It was fun to just kind of mess around and play with the best players in the state,” he said.
McArthur started slow and scored only three points on Friday, but said he felt more comfortable with his new teammates on Saturday and scored 10.
The Wyoming All-Star team assembled Wednesday, just two days before the first game.
“It is kind of tough when you only have those couple days to prepare,” McArthur said.
The Wyoming boys had trouble matching up with Montana’s size, but McArthur said the skill level wasn’t head-and-shoulders above the competition he saw in the Cowboy state.
“They were a lot bigger, had a big ol’ 7-footer,” McArthur said. “It’s still just basketball, I don’t think they were that much better. It’s pretty similar to what we faced here.”
With only two other class 3A players on the All-Star roster, McArthur found friendship in a former foe.
Star Valley Brave Wyatt Shinaver, who played against McArthur in the 3A state championship game, was a rival-turned-friend during the team’s time together.
“It was kind of weird at first because we had that rivalry,” McArthur said. “But it was kind of nice to see familiar faces.
“The 4A kids were all buddy-buddy.”
In his final season, McArthur led the Panthers in scoring with 15.9 points per game. He also led the team in rebounds (6.9 per game), assists (2.5 per game) and blocks (1.5 per game).
McArthur finished his prep career as the Panthers’ third all-time scoring leader with 993 points and fourth all-time steals leader with 151.