Former Westside basketball star Will Avery is offering area high school players a tremendous opportunity to get some extra work in before the 2012-13 season tips off. On Saturdays at Evans High School, Avery has set up a fall basketball league for high school aged players. The league will consist of three games each Saturday beginning at noon. In addition to the games, Avery will conduct a skill development session prior to the games each week. The skill sessions will be 10–11:30 a.m.
After helping lead Westside to the 1995 state title, Avery went on to star at Duke and was a first round NBA pick. After three seasons in the NBA, he moved overseas where he has played professionally for nearly a decade.
Chad Cook is also involved in the project. Cook began his prep career at Lakeside before transferring to Westminster. Cook went on to play at South Carolina State and Augusta State. He now heads up the Augusta Eagles home school athletics program and also started a great blog for basketball junkies, the Augusta Basketball Report (www.augustabasketball.com). The site started as Cook’s thoughts on the area’s basketball players and teams. However, it has been well received and is growing fast. Now, the site offers webcasts of AAU and Summer League games with great analysis from a who’s who of area basketball led by Cook. The Augusta Basketball Report recently announced a partnership with Basketball Elite. They will partner to create the NetCast Sports Network, which will offer high school and AAU game broadcasts on the web in HD. Avery and Cook are looking to add a middle school skill development session that would run 8:30-10 a.m. each Saturday.
For more information, you can search Avery and Cook on Facebook.
Greenbrier and Harlem still in softball Top 10
Greenbrier is no longer No. 1 in softball, but the Pack continues to find itself among the top-ranked teams in Georgia. Greenbrier seems to be in the top five or six schools each week and have been for several years. This week the Greenbrier squad is ranked third in Class AAAAA with a 10-3 record.
Harlem may have seven losses, but the 14-7 Bulldogs have played as tough a schedule as any Class AA team in the state. It appears the state’s coaches know just how good the Harlem team is. This week the Bulldogs are ranked seventh in the www.gasports.com Class AA Coach’s Poll.
Keep it up Ladies.