Written by Peyton Hart
Lee County 9th Grade Campus includes many sports, but basketball is the upcoming sport of the season! Coach Harris is the basketball coach as well as the health teacher at the 9th grade.
The basketball team this season consists of 13 players: Michael Taylor, Brandon Bush, Tresten Smith, Malik Powell, DeMarion Jones, Baron Hopson, Chauncey Magwood, Kameron Mckendrick, Jhavarion Bell, BJ Mays, Carl Taylor, Jacquez Anderson, and Denny Gonzalez.
The first game of the season will be Saturday, November 11th, at 1:00 pm in Colquitt County. The first home game will be November 25th at 10:00 am.
Along with the team, are the team managers, which includes: Musashi Kina, Jacob Beard, Jackson Kennedy, Cam’Ron Chambers. “The managers have a unique role on our basketball team,” Coach Harris says. “They have a list of duties such as participating in drill work and scrimmages in practices, assisting the coaching staff in their duties, recording basketball games, and in general just being a positive influence in our basketball culture we try to create.” The team managers obviously play a big role as well.
Being a coach, you have to have leadership. Coach Harris says having a leadership role means having a “clear vision,” having the ability to “understand the need of others,” having “charisma” he says. Basketball season is full of exciting things and the things Coach Harris is looking forward to seeing is “just how intense and disciplined the players are to forced to be in order to be successful on a daily level.”
Now that try-outs are over and Coach Harris has made his choice on the set of players, we can see that they all have what he was looking for. “Players who genuinely have a competitive spirit,” he says. When he was asked what we was looking for in the upcoming players, he replied with “Having the mindset to approach each day to get better…that means getting better in the classroom, getting better on the court, and just being a better person overall.”
Out of all 13 players, Coach Harris says that Brandon Bush sticks out the most. “He still has a long way to go as far as skill set goes, but his constant work ethic will allow his game to blossom if he continues at it,” says Coach Harris. He says that Bush is “coachable” and he “is a competitor,” Coach Harris says he is very impressed so far.
The Lee County 9th Basketball Team is looking forward to many wins this season. We can’t wait to see what great things will come from the boys as individuals and the team as a whole.