When the Evans High School football team finished its season, crossing over to basketball was fairly easy for junior Damian Foreman.
“It wasn’t a transition because I love basketball,” said Foreman. “When we lost the last (football) game, I just put on my shoes and hit the hardwood.”
The 5-10 Foreman has helped the Knights hit the ground running from his point guard spot. He’s led them to 22 wins thus far, the most for an Evans boys team since 2006, and a spot in the 2012-2013 GHSA Class AAAAA Boys State Basketball Tournament.
The setting doesn’t matter to Foreman. There’s only one thing on his mind when he steps onto the court.
“You always want to win games,” he said. “Whether it’s regular season or region playoffs or state playoffs, the game doesn’t change. We’re always going to try to get the win. It goes for everybody on the team, because nobody wants to lose.”
Evans head coach Kevin Kenny is appreciative of the skills that Foreman brings to the team.
“I wouldn’t trade him for any point guard around – and there are a lot of good ones in this area – but he fits in with what we want to do,” said Kenny.
Foreman has done a bit of everything and done it all well. He is ranked in the top 10 in the Augusta area in scoring (14.5 points per game), assists (5.7 per game) and steals (3.0 per game).
“I just take what the defense gives me,” Foreman said. “Whenever I penetrate I just see the floor. If I’ve got a shot I’ll take it, but if I see somebody else is open I try to give him the opportunity to score.”
He takes his role as a leader on the court seriously.
“I’m the point guard, I’m the floor general,” Foreman said. “They look to me to see how the game’s going, and if we’re losing, if they see me slack then they’re going to slack. I put it on myself to make the team build up.”
His passion for the game started as a family affair.
“My dad started us, me and my brother Trevor, in the garage, practicing and ball handling and learning fundamentals,” said Foreman. “I probably started when I was in elementary school, just learning the basics. The love for the game came from that,” he said, adding that it was the same for football.
Trevor played football and basketball at Evans before graduating in 2011. Damian appreciates what his older brother accomplished at Evans and wants to follow in his footsteps.
“I don’t see it as a shadow,” said Foreman. “I see it as a path I want. He’s working hard playing at Augusta State and that’s something I would like to do, play a college sport. Seeing him work hard and getting what he wants at college pushes me to get what I want.”