For possibly the first time ever, Columbia County can brag that arguably the best senior and junior in the entire Augusta area play in the county.
Normally basketball is just a way for the county to kill time between its two great loves: football and baseball. Thanks to Eric Marshall and Matt Scott, that is no longer the case.
Marshall, a 6-foot-3-inch guard from Greenbrier has to the best player in the area. You can mark this down: He will be the Georgia Area Player of the Year. The only senior you could even make a serious argument for is 6-foot-8-inch Silver Bluff Star Brandon Wallace. Wallace has signed with the University of South Carolina and with air size he will dominate the Bulldogs AA competition. His big numbers will be impressive and he is an intriguing talent. Potentially, with his height and ability to play on the wing, he could blossom into a college star. However, if I were starting a team and had to choose today, I would take Marshall every time.
Through Greenbrier's first eight games Marshall has led the pack to an unbeaten start. He is currently averaging 26 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists.
Lakeside junior Scott, who is also6 feet 3 inches tall, has the best looking jump shot that I've ever seen at the high school level.
His form rivals that of former Georgia Tech and NBA star Mark Price, and next season he could be the top pure shooter in the state. Just ask Butler Coach Rob Johnson how good Scott is. Last season as a sophomore Scott poured in 43 points against Johnson's highly ranked Bulldogs.
To be blunt, Scott doesn't have a lot of help this season and teams will be keying on him at every game. It will only help his development as an offensive player. He already moves extremely well without the ball and is getting better. He also is creating his own shot off the dribble. There are some good juniors in the area such as6-foot-5-inch North Augusta forward Andre Young, but I think Scott is the best.
So if you get a chance this season go catch Marshall or Scott in action.
You won't be disappointed.
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