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Hodges signs to play at S.C. Sports Academy

Bottom row (L to R): Lamonte and Angela Hodges (parents), Rashee Hodges, and CCHS Athletic Director Lorraine Browning. Top  row (L to R): Colleton County School Resource Officer (and Rashee’s uncle) Jimmy Wiggins, Denzell Hodges (Rashee’s brother), CCHS Coach Michael Tew, CCHS Guidance Counselor Valerie Singleton, and S.C. Sports Academy Director of Operations Mark Irvin.  Photo by Rick Tobin

Bottom row (L to R): Lamonte and Angela Hodges (parents), Rashee Hodges, and CCHS Athletic Director Lorraine Browning. Top row (L to R): Colleton County School Resource Officer (and Rashee’s uncle) Jimmy Wiggins, Denzell Hodges (Rashee’s brother), CCHS Coach Michael Tew, CCHS Guidance Counselor Valerie Singleton, and S.C. Sports Academy Director of Operations Mark Irvin. Photo by Rick Tobin

Rashee Hodges, a senior at Colleton County High School, signed to play basketball with the South Carolina Sports Academy in Myrtle Beach, Thursday.

Rashee is graduating with close to a 3.0 grade point average. His parents, Lamonte and Angela Hodges, are both very proud of their son. “I am very, very proud of Rashee,” said Angela. Lamonte noted that Rashee started playing basketball at five years old. “He started playing recreation basketball at eight, played for Ruffin Middle School’s Team, and then moved on to play on Colleton County High’s JV team in the eighth grade, and moved to varsity in the 10th grade.”

Coach Tew noted that Rashee has been a very dedicated athlete during his years at CCHS, and wished him well as he continues both his education and his basketball ambitions.

“We make sure our students are ready for life, as well as basketball,” said S.C. Sports Academy Director of Operations and General Manager Mark Irvin. “We are building young men, and are using basketball as our stage.”

Although the academy, a post-graduate prep school, completed their first basketball season last year, the team did well. “During our first season, we went 25 and 10, ending up in the IMG Tournament,” Irvin said. He likened the academy to a boot camp. “He’ll work hard, cleaning his room and making his bed every day. “He will learn to speak well in public, so he’ll know what to do if he finds himself in front of a microphone.” He noted that the academy’s rule of thumb is to “love our kids.”