Coach Duck Richards
Morrow High School (GA) Ranked #5 And Not One Player With A Scholarship Offer
January 15, 2013Griffin Grasshoppers
AAAAAA basketball blog: Morrow is ranked No. 5 without a player with a scholarship offer
The most surprising thing about the Class AAAAAA boys rankings this week might be the presence of Morrow at No. 5.
The Mustangs were 12-14 in 2011-12, their sixth losing season in eight years, and their best player, 6-9 Dante Ottley, transferred.
What’s new is head coach Creswell Foy, who led Andrew Jackson of Jacksonville to four state quarterfinal appearances before new administration came in last and dismissed him and his staff. Georgia Tech’s Stacey Poole was one of Foy’s players at Jackson.
At Morrow, Foy doesn’t have a single player with a scholarship offer, which is hard to believe for a Top 10 team. But Morrow is 11-1. Its most impressive victory came against Westlake on the road last week.
‘’Beating Westlake was a big win for us,’’ Foy said. “It was a big stage for our kids that they’ve never been on before. We had to deal with the crowd, but we fought hard and hung in there and led the entire game.’’
What's unknown is ten of these players were members of the Griffin Grasshoppers AAU traveling basketball team under the leadership and guidance of Founder/Director Duck Richards prior to Foy's arrival. Yes, they have experience playing together.
There are nine seniors. One of them is 6-foot-8 center Kris Bell, perhaps the most heavily recruited for his size. Also starting are 6-2 senior shooting guard Kalid Rowe, 6-7 senior forward Chris Datcher, 6-5 junior wing Demarkus Loman and 6-0 junior point guard Cameron Davis rounds off the starters. The other Grasshoppers are Anthony Calloway, Richelieu Hayes, Sahar Joe, Malyyk Robinson and Darrius Wright.
Foy declined to give out any statistics because he didn’t want to put any player above another as the team deals with the spotlight of an unexpected top-10 ranking. And then there’s another big game tonight (Tuesday) as Morrow plays at Luella (10-3).
“I go at least 10 to 11 deep, and there’s just not one player you can say if you stop him, you’ve got ‘em,’’ Foy said. “There’s nothing special about us except that we’ve accepted our roles on the team and we’re getting after it on the defensive end.’’