Three of the five members of last season’s first team All-County basketball squad have graduated, but the county still has some talent – including Harlem High School’s Reggie Reid, last season’s Eric Marshall Award winner as Columbia County Player of the Year.
Reid became the first freshman to win the honor. It was well-deserved, as he single-handedly got people talking about Harlem basketball. Reid is not the only returning player to watch. With the season getting underway, here are my pre-season All-County selections.
Reggie Reid – Harlem (sophomore, guard)
This 5-11 wiz should have a big sophomore campaign, despite the fact that teams will key on him. Last season he averaged 19.9 points per contest, 5.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.8 steals. He is at his best when penetrating and gives opposing defenses fits. He can’t be left alone outside either. He is a good ball defender as well.
Damian Foreman – Evans (junior, guard)
Foreman has a toughness that I love. The 5-11 Foreman is a strong guard who plays with a lot of confidence and simply loves the game. Last season he averaged 12 points, five assists and 2.4 steals per game. Look for his scoring average to go up a bit this year with the graduation of Myles McDavid. He will be the leader of a solid Evans team this year.
Jacob Buchanan – Evans (senior, forward)
Buchanan does the dirty work for Evans. Playing in the post at 6-3 means he is usually giving up several inches to his opponent. What he gives up in height he makes up for with tenacity. He will simply outwork most players on the floor. Last season he averaged 13 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. He could be a double-digit rebounder this year.
Connor Sigrist – Greenbrier (senior,
This pick might surprise some people because Sigrist was not an all-county pick last year, but I think he will blossom into a go-to scorer. At 6-7, most people expect him to play inside. That is not really his forté. He is better on the perimeter, where he is one of the county’s top long-range shooters. With the graduation of Thomas Brown he will be counted on heavily. If he plays with confidence, he could be one of a real surprise.
Dylan Farmer – Harlem (senior, guard)
The 6-1 Farmer is a nice complement to Reid. He is one of those kids you love coaching because he does everything asked of him. He can shoot from deep, but he also has a good midrange game as well. Last season he averaged 11 points per game and was Harlem’s top three-point shooter, knocking down 31 long-range bombs. His numbers should go up this season, and for Harlem to challenge in an extremely tough region, they will have to.
Others to watch:
C.J. Cooper (Grovetown; ineligible until January)
Nick Fortenberry (Augusta Christian)
Patrick Lawrence (Evans)
B.J. Raymond (Lakeside)
Sam Powell (Lakeside)