The 2012-13 basketball season is under way and once again we have to keep an eye on the underclassmen.
Last year, Reggie Reid of Harlem became the first freshman to capture the Eric Marshall Award as County Player of the Year. Reggie is off to another great start, but for the second straight year there is a freshman turning heads in Columbia County. Also, Evans was overwhelmed by Glenn Hills’ pressure in a 70-41 loss to the Spartans, but the Knights have been hot since.
Here are a few early highlights from the hardwood.
Evans: The Knights lost badly to Glenn Hills in the 100 Black Men Thanksgiving Classic. However, coach Kevin Kenny has his team sitting at 3-1, and while it may struggle versus some Richmond County foes (just about anyone would; Augusta may have more good teams than any other city its size in the Southeast this year), the Knights will be just fine in their region.
Evans should be able to feast on a healthy dose of Columbia County opponents and be a playoff team again this year. Also, the team will get better as Damian Foreman gets in “basketball shape.” He is the team’s floor general, but Foreman just finished football and is a week or two away from being himself on the court. Also, this Evans team is deeper than just about any Kenny has had.
Reggie Reid: Harlem’s sensational sophomore poured in 64 points in the team’s first two games, as Harlem picked up wins over Greenbrier and Glascock County. The Bulldogs got hammered by Josey 66-34 to fall to 2-1 as the Eagles did a good job at running multiple guards at Reid throughout the game. Harlem fans should be excited. Reid, Dylan Farmer, and the rest of the Bulldogs should be able to pile up plenty of wins before the new year.
Harlem plays in a tough region with defending state champion Laney, and with Westside who went 20-8 a year ago. The Bulldogs should still have no trouble eclipsing last year’s win total of nine. As a matter of fact, I think the Bulldogs have a great shot at 15 wins and could even double last year’s victory total.
Madison Williams: I heard about this kid this summer, but had only seen him play once on film. Well, I have a feeling I will be getting know him. All the 6-2 freshman did was score a team-high 16 points and dunk the ball three times in his first varsity game for Augusta Christian. The Lions blew out Brentwood 98-28, so the competition was not the best, but this kid is definitely a player and is known in local recruiting circles. I feel so old talking about kids from the Class of 2016, but Williams is a player to keep an eye on for sure. Also, coach Marty Griffin has a very deep team with more than a half-dozen key contributors back from last year. .
Site to check
Also, for all you basketball junkies out there, I highly recommend you check out www.augustabasketball.com. The Web site is run by former Columbia County basketball product Chad Cook and former Westside and Duke star Will Avery. The site has footage up for just about every top player and game in the area.
They also do a weekly 30-minute show called ABR-TV (ABR stands for Augusta Basketball Report).