Legree, a 6-foot-6 swing man is one of the more under recruited players in the area, but it’s not because he doesn’t have game. His exposure levels were down this summer because he was unable to play AAU. Long and athletic, the senior is a part of a balanced Meadowbrook attack. The senior has filled in the team’s sixth man, is a good defender and has a good jump shot both in and out of transition. He’s a key piece in Meadowbrook’s 9-4 record thus far in 2014-2015.
Stat line: 9.3 points per game, 3 rebounds per game
Perhaps no player in the state of Virginia has announced their presence this year as much as Charles Falden. The Skyhawk has done it efficiently, shooting 61 percent from the floor and 52 percent from three and has done it against top competition (see his 25 point performance against Cape Henry, ranked No. 2 in VA). Colleges have come calling as well, with Radford visiting L.C. Bird to evaluate the talent and other schools taking looks. His efficiency is off the charts as he shoots 61 percent on the year and scored a career high 29 points against George Wythe on 9-12 shooting.
Stat line: 17 points per game, 5 rebounds per game, 61 percent FG, 52 percent 3PT
Gregory really started to come into his own last season, backing up A.J. Holliday, who graduated. This year, he’s the main man for the Knights on one of the youngest teams in recent memory. “He been frustrated, but playing well,” said Thomas Dale head coach Mike Walker. The Knights’ lone victory so far as come against Colonial Heights- but that victory is looking pretty good as the Colonials upset Prince George and defeated Petersburg this past week. Gregory notched 16 points against Cosby last week in a Conference 3 battle.
Stat line: 12.9 points per game, 3.6 assists, 1.6 steals per game, 43 percent 3PT
Everyone knew that Devin Morgan needed someone to step up and help carry the scoring load with him this season. That player needed to be Markland, in a way; it had to be the senior. A four year varsity player, he was the team’s sixth man last year, as a junior, and has risen to the occasion, sharing point guard duties with Morgan. He’s averaging 15 points and three assists per contest. Richard Bland College, a nationally ranked NJCAA squad is said to have interest in the guard.
Stat line: 15 points per game, 3 assists per game
In a year where Meadowbrook lost four athletes due to transfers to other schools, Ford is a young, skilled player that gives Head Coach Danny Connor something to build around. The 6-foot forward has proven to be a reliable option for the Monarchs all season, and a great compliment to the team’s senior leader in Jourdyn Friend. Ford’s development over the next three years will be exciting to watch as the Monarchs look to get back to their form of years prior.
Stat line: 8.5 points per game, 6.8 rebounds per game, 1.8 steals per game
Every team that expects to contend for a state championship needs more than a superstar. They need more than a second option. If we’re counting, Williams is probably the fourth most likely to make headlines for L.C. Bird, but it doesn’t make her any less valuable to the Skyhawks. Williams is a rock solid player off the dribble or with the jump shot and plays hard, providing tough defense for Bird. Down the stretch, she’ll play an important role if the Skyhawks are to challenge Highland Springs in a tough 5A South region.
Stat line: 9 points per game, 5 rebounds per game
Last season, Thomas Dale was victorious in two games. This year, head coach Leon Gholson has guided the Lady Knights to a 6-7 record, with two of those losses coming in close fashion to Petersburg and Meadowbrook. A big part of that is Kylah Webb, a freshman who also stood out on the volleyball court for the Knights. Webb is averaging seven points, eight rebounds and three blocks per game. She scored a season high 16 points against Matoaca last week and earlier this year grabbed a season high with 15 rebounds vs. Dinwiddie.
Stat line: 7 points per game, 8 rebounds per game, 3 blocks per game
When the season started, Scarborough didn’t figure into head coach Glenna Lewis’s immediate starting plans. Now she’s perhaps the best player on the team and a bright spot for a squad that’s had its struggles this year. Scarborough averaged 23 points per game in middle school and has transitioned over to the high school game without a great deal of difficulty. The tenacious defender and, at times, dominant scorer is a player that Lewis can build around in the coming seasons.
Stat line: 13.2 points per game, 5 rebounds per game, 2 assists per game