Southwest’s Leach savors last hurrah
Terrell Leach had a memorable senior season.
Game after game, he put up ridiculous numbers, leading the state with 30 points per game. And, game after game, the Southwest Guilford boys basketball continued to win, going undefeated into the state playoffs.
In one final hurrah as a high school star, Leach was chosen as one of the state’s top seniors to play in Monday’s N.C. Coaches Association East-West Boys Basketball All-Star Game in the Greensboro Coliseum.
“It really is an honor to play with some of the best players in the state, like Sam Hunt, Craig Hinton and Deion Robinson,” said Leach, also an all-state selection by The Associated Press. “It’s really just a blessing.”
Leach, the Piedmont Triad 4A Player of the Year, finished the game with 12 points off the bench for the West in a 107-84 loss. He hit two 3-pointers, including one in a five-point spurt late in the third quarter.
Overall, he said he felt like he performed solidly, having come in over the weekend from the Big Shots All-American Camp in Washington D.C. And, fortunately, he’d also played with some of his West teammates before.
“I think I played real well, played hard,” Leach said. “I tried to pressure the point guard, because that’s what my coach asked me to do. I played great ‘D,’ knocked down a couple shots and played pretty good.”
Through the season and toward the end of the school year, his plans for the future were still in the air. But now he is set on going to Gray Military Academy in Columbia, S.C. for a year and then weighing his options.
His hope is to play at an NCAA Division I school, mentioning options like Southern Mississippi. So, playing with some of the state’s top talent helped him prepare for play at the next level.
“I think playing with bigger guys helped me get used to what I’ve got to do at point guard,” Leach said. “I’ll be transferring to the point guard. So, just watching real point guards out there and knowing what I’ve got to do now.”
But more than anything, Leach, who quickly found Cowboys coach Guy Shavers after the game, said the experience helped him savor home life before heading to South Carolina in mid-August and embarking on what’s ahead.
“It felt great to be here and to play in front of the crowd again, be around my family and having a good time,” he said. “It’s a great feeling, but, at the same time, it’s sad it’s coming to an end.”