Wednesday night, one of the better girls basketball players in Drew High School’s short history stepped onto a Clayton County court for the last time as a high school student-athlete during the Annual Clayton County All-Star game.
Hargrove ended her career in style, despite having her senior season shortened by knee injury, when she accepted a scholarship offer to Alcorn State to play basketball.
We at the Southern Crescent Buzz like to offer high school students who are aspiring journalism and communications majors an opportunity or two to publish an article through our publication.
What follows is Hargrove’s written take on the best players she’s played in high school from a talent-scout perspective, along with some of the things she’ll miss most about high school and what she’s looking forward to at Alcorn State.
By Jada Hargrove
My high school career has come to an end, and over the last four years I’ve played a lot of good players.
Here are probably three of the top players I’ve played against in my high school career:
KAYLA POTTS: Class of 2013 PG/SG Forest Park High School (Mercer University)
Kayla is a quick combo guard that could lead, shoot the spot-up three pointer well, could break down her defender with her ball handling and gain assists solely with her presence. With her humble spirit and leadership she left a mark on players like Christal Williams, Kerry Washington, Kanisha Tharpe, Breasia McForest, Alexius High, and Tiffany Wilson. These ladies have made huge contributions to the “Forest Park” legacy for their Girls Varsity Basketball program.
TYEISHA JUHAN: Class of 2016 SG/SF Mt. Zion High School
Tyeisha is a very athletic and lengthy guard who is both quick and strong. With both of these strong assets she is able to defend the ball well and score quickly in transition and against a man defense. She has made huge contributions to the Bulldogs success, including a Region Championship against the tough Jonesboro Lady Cardinals.
DA’JA GREEN: Class of 2017 PG/SG Morrow High School
Despite the young age of Morrow’s Da’Ja Green, she is a very quick and strong guard that can come off of screens to knock down the three point shot and draw a foul going to the cup. As Da’Ja progresses through her high school year she is learning to both break school scoring records and to get her teammates involved.
WHAT HIGH SCHOOL MEANT TO ME
High School taught me that we don’t grow when it’s easy, but when it’s challenging.
Of course I wanted to score 1000 points, be POY, win state and average a double-double. However, playing the game of basketball is more than a championship trophy, ring, banner and accolades. These things could never define me, but I plan to achieve those things at the collegiate level.
I’ll forever cherish my four years of high school with my support system and teammates, because fighting against the odds has taught me how to win in the classroom and on the court. It’s a blessing to be able to showcase my excellence while being a young Black female student-athlete, while getting my high school diploma.
Now that it’s pretty much over, I know I’ll miss all of my teammates, administration, faculty, teachers, janitors and coaches that attend and work at Charles Drew.
From them, I could get advice, have access to the gym and weight room, practice with the boys and be helped in any way. Living in walking distance from Drew is another aspect that I’ll miss because the gym is my home.
The respect that I have at Drew is a feeling that I wish I could have everywhere I go, but I know it will only make me work harder.
PREPARED FOR THE NEXT LEVEL
After attending North Clayton Middle, I moved into Charles Drew’s district and walked into a new atmosphere. One paramount lesson I learned there is to stay true to myself and the support and success will continue.
High School contains multiple tests, including, time management, puberty, life, relationships, etc. My injury taught me patience and faith in God’s plan.
I know the tests don’t get easier at the next level. I will just grow stronger. I’m excited for those opportunities at Alcorn.