County Scrimmages have finally begun, and where else to stop by but my good old Alma Mater and chop it up with Sr. Marquise Lanier and Head Coach Geoffry Pierce of the Grayson Rams the night of their scrimmage against the Meadowcreek Mustangs! Hear what the All-Star guard had to say post-game:
Marquise Lanier is considered the best scorer on the team (averaging about 14 points per game last season) which led him to be nominated to last years All-Region 2nd Team Selection, and did show improvement on his jump shots last night. The real surprise however came on the defensive end of the the floor as Lanier was able to hold is opponent in front of him and limit his reaching with the addition of staying out of foul trouble. Although he did have a slow start, he exploded to end of the first half with 13 points, and finished the game with 23 overall. All of the his super abilities are there like getting to the rim and finishing in traffic with a reverse layup or shot off the backboard.
I even had the chance to catch up with Coach Pierce after the game who had a lot to say about his all-star senior:
The Rams finished 13-13 last season and made a statement in the region and county by playing tenacious defense. This year that statement remains the same as the Rams held the Mustangs to 49 points last night. From blocks, to steals, and rebounds, the Rams held their own.
Other Players to keep an eye on:
Sr. Jordan Dillwood – Transfer from Mountain View High School. Quick and athletic off the dribble, and had a strong dunk last night finishing in traffic. Should be fun to watch.
Sr. Austin Morris – The best 3-point shooter on the team without question. Although he only hit 2 three’s last night, Morris shows unlimited range with the ability to pull from anywhere. Or Everywhere in most cases.
All In All:
If Grayson can continue to hold opponents under 50 points, the close ball games that were lost last year will no doubt be wins this year. That also will become a big attribute should they score 81 like they did in last nights scrimmage. Rebounds will play a huge part this year considering Grayson is undersized, and their tallest player is Marquise Bumpas at 6’6 . This indeed means everyone will play a role in crashing the boards on both ends of the floor. The Rams look to go 1-0 against out of region opponent Walnut Grove on Tuesday at 7:30. For more on Grayson and the schools surrounding, stay alert right here on 92.9 The Game.com
Matthew Buggs reporting on behalf of CBS Sportsradio 92.9 The Game.
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