“We knew he would be somebody we’d really need,” Parr said. “And we knew that on paper he was going to be really good and he’s having a very good year. He leads us in scoring and what’s really great about him is he can score in so many different ways.”
The most improved player is 6-foot-9 junior Spencer Elliott. With all COVID quarantines last year, along with a nagging ankle injury, Elliott didn’t get to play as much and never got going. This year he’s living up to the lofty expectations.
“We knew he was going to be good and starting for us,” Parr said. “He can score inside and step out and hit the 3s.”
Elliott is second on the team in scoring (12.8 points) and leads the Lions in rebounds and blocks. He already has one Div. I offer, with more expected.
Point guard Blake Wilson “has been awesome,” Parr said. “He’s been the missing link. He may be our best defender, he scores, he rebounds, he assists. He does a little bit of everything and he’s really tough and tenacious.” Wilson averages 12.5 points.
Devin Portee is an experienced senior guard who is starting for the first time. Grant Rowe is a strong from the perimeter --- he leads the team in 3-pointers – and is making the most of his opportunity after waiting for seniors to graduate.
Parr wants to see his team continue to get tougher, both physically and mentally, and improve on the boards.
“And we’re going to get after it and attack those areas,” he said.
St. Pius has played a difficult non-region schedule. It has beaten out-of-state powers Baylor of Chattanooga, Tenn., Cardinal Newman of Columbia, S.C., and Canisius of Buffalo, N.Y. The Golden Lions have toppled some of Georgia’s best, including Blessed Trinity, rival Marist, Jonesboro and region rival Lithonia. Their losses have come against Tennessee power Father Ryan and Charlotte Latin, ranked No. 4 in North Carolina.
“We really challenged ourselves,” Parr said. “Our schedule forced us to do everything well to be able to compete. Having that kind of competition really helps us.”
St. Pius has a rematch at Lithonia on Friday and has two games remaining with Southwest DeKalb.