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Athlete's struggle pays off

Posted: Sunday, June 06, 2004

Matt Todd's high school journey hasn't been an easy one.

 

Greenbrier's Matt Todd recently signed a basketball

scholarship to play for Aiken Technical College.

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Todd, 18, struggled with his academics prior to high school, but he possessed raw talent on the basketball court.

With a lot of hard work, extra study and a great jump shot, Todd improved his grades and court skills to the point that college recruiters started paying attention.

The Greenbrier High School graduating senior recently signed a letter of intent to study and play at Aiken Technical College.

"He came to camp at Curtis Baptist in the summer of 2000," said Todd's former coach Doug Wasden. "We could tell that he was a troubled kid with some skills that needed some help."

Thanks to some financial assistance from the non-profit organization Augusta Urban Ministries, Todd enrolled at Curtis Baptist School, a private Christian-based school in downtown Augusta.

Under Wasden's mentorship, Todd's grades improved as did his basketball skills.

In Todd's junior year, Wasden left Curtis Baptist for a job at Hardaway. Todd also decided to move on and played his senior year at Greenbrier.

"I saw it as a chance to play somewhere where I could get a little more attention from recruiters," Todd said.

Despite Greenbrier's 9-15 season, Todd played hard. He averaged 12 points, five rebounds and three steals per game.

"He was our only senior starter," Greenbrier basketball coach Casey Dees said.

"Todd is the kind of player you never have to worry about. He works hard and always gives his best. He doesn't complain and he never causes trouble."

Thanks to a highlight video Dees created for Todd, Aiken Tech coaches asked the 6-foot, 3-inch 175-pounder to try out.

"They liked what they saw and gave me a chance," he said. "I think I can add to their program and make it better. It's a win-win situation."



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