Rock Hill High senior Jaylen Reid will cap an excellent basketball season with a pair of All-Star game appearances in the coming weeks. Saturday, Reid will suit up for South Carolina in the 16th annual Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic in Myrtle Beach. The Palmetto State’s 10 all-stars will take on a very strong North Carolina team at 8:30 p.m.
“For basketball, this is the Shrine Bowl basically, at least the basketball part of it,” said Rock Hill coach Eric Rollings. “This is a huge honor. To be considered one of the top-10 in South Carolina is a huge, huge honor for him and his family as well.”
Reid traveled down to the beach on Wednesday ahead of Thursday and Friday practices with his new teammates.
“It’s exciting, something I’ve always wanted to do,” Reid said earlier this week. “It’s always good to play with other great players.”
An all-state selection by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association, Reid shot 48 percent from the field and 44 percent from beyond the arc, en route to scoring 16 points and grabbing nine rebounds and two steals per outing. The 6-foot-7, 190-pound wing helped the Bearcats knock off defending state champion Gaffney in the state playoffs, Rock Hill’s first postseason appearance in three years.
All of the participants in the Carolinas Classic were selected by the coaching staffs- Gaffney’s Mark Huff and Keenan’s Zach Norris in South Carolinas’ case. For Reid, the game offers a late appearance in front of college coaches. He has offers from High Point, Kent State, Appalachian State, Tennessee State, Radford, Delaware State, Southeast Missouri and Winthrop, as well as interest from a slew of other Division I schools.
“Hopefully there will be some schools there that will get another look at him,” said Rollings. “I think he’s got a tremendous upside to him. He’s gotten better over the last two years for us and has really improved his upside. I think he’ll be a really, really good college basketball player.”
City Vs. State All-Star game
Reid will also play in the City Vs. State All-Star game March 30 at Benedict College, a contest that will pit standout prep players from Columbia against all-stars from the rest of South Carolina. South Pointe’s P.J. Heath and Rock Hill’s Roderick Howell will join the State all-stars. Former Lancaster star and current Oak Hill Warrior Sindarius Thornwell is also expected to play for the state team. South Pointe’s Melvin Watson will coach that squad.
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