This story originally appeared in the Holiday issue of ESPNHS magazine’s Georgia edition.
You’re not going very far in Class AAAAA without some size up front.
Shiloh has learned that lesson time and time again in recent seasons as the Generals have struggled at times to advance out of Region 8 play due to their lack of height. They shouldn’t have that problem this year. Not with the addition of a pair of stud transfers in 6-foot-9 Georgia Tech commit Robert Carter and 6-foot-11 sophomore Trayvon Reed.
“It’s going to be real hard to score on us because we’re so big,” says Carter (pictured above).
Their presence should help the program ascend to the upper echelon of Georgia programs this winter and have Shiloh in the mix for a national ranking.
“I’ve been out here three years without a dominant big man,” says head coach Kim Rivers. “Having Robert and Trayvon, that brings us a new dimension.”
Carter will be invaluable to the team with his ability to score in the post or face up with range out to the arc. Rated the No. 21 recruit (No. 2 in Georgia) in the ESPNU 100, Carter registered 20 points and 13 boards a contest last year to lead Class AA Thomasville to a region title.
“Shiloh just needed someone to come in and score the ball and be a leader, and that’s me,” he says.
Reed transferred from Carver-Montgomery (Ala.) and is the No. 22 player in the ESPNU 25. The backcourt should be solid with Jordan Gaither (14 points a game last winter) back. The senior should stretch the floor with his perimeter shooting, discouraging teams from packing the paint. The final two spots in the starting five will come down to junior Bryan Thompson and senior Amar Basic, a pair of wing players with good size.
“We’re going to make teams play our style of game,” says Rivers. “We have an opportunity to make guys match up to our guys.”
David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.