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USC-Salk Indian Madness

The University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie Men’s Basketball Team is being led this year by Head Coach Jake Williams. Assisting Williams this year is Assistant Coaches Glen Mayo, Bryan Johnson, and Rob Brendle. The USC-Salk Men’s Basketball team has officially posted their 2017-2018 team roster and the Indians showed off their pride in a pre-season kick off called Indian Madness. On Friday, September 29th, the USC-Salk Indians opened the doors of their gymnasium to the public to come out and meet the team, get autographs, and watch as the Indians held a dunk contest and inner team scrimmage amongst their players. As a crowd of nearly a 100 gathered on Friday night, the Salkehatchie Indians were announced. As each player entered the court, they carried a miniature basketball that several players threw into the crowd for fans, while others carefully found a child in the audience to personally hand it to. Before the game began, a special recognition was given to the parents of former USC-Salk player Rashee Hodges, who was killed in a tragic hit and run in December 2016. Hodges parents continue to support the Indians, as a part of their son’s legacy where he began his collegiate athletic career. Indian Madness was a family event, where players were found playing with children before the dunk contest and showing off some of their skills to fans as they cheered from the sidelines. Indian Madness began with a dunk contest, that ultimately came down to two players, Trey Potts and Ryle Owens, who went into dunk off after they tied in the final round. “The dunk off was decided by the crowd,” Coach Williams said, “Ryle was a little bit of a crowd favorite being a local and a returner so he won the dunk contest.” Fans who were watching the dunk contest were as entertained by the players competing in the dunk contest as the players who were on the sidelines filming their teammates success. Next the Indians were divided by Grey and Maroon jersey and competed in an inner team scrimmage. “The scrimmage actually went into overtime,” Coach Williams said, “Marques Sumner and Reggie Wright both hit big threes to send it into overtime.” Maroon ended up winning the game 85-83, but according to Williams it was down to the last second. For Coach Williams’s first Indian Madness he said, “I think it went really well. Our guys absolutely loved it. They loved the excitement and the support around the program.” The composition of the Indian’s roster this year is dominated by several sophomores, with a few freshman in the mix. “We start out with the Jamboree this weekend in Atlanta, GA and we will play some really good teams,” Coach Williams said, “Our guys are really excited. This was a good way to end our pre-season and kick off the start of our practices before our first games.” The first game for the Indians will be November 1st at home as they face Middle Georgia Prep at 7:00pm.


     Salk 2017-2018 Roster


#                             Player                                   Year

0                              AJ Brooks                            SO

1                              Reggie Wright                    SO

2                              Trey Potts                           SO

3                              Ryle Owens                        SO

4                              Jeremiah Neubia              FR

5                              Marques Sumner              SO

10                           Colin Young                        SO

11                           Maxwell Benoit                  SO

12                           Deshaw Andrews              SO

13                           Rod Culver                         FR

15                           Isaiah Myers                      FR

24                           Kelvin Pruitt                      SO

33                           Pat Eugene                         SO

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