High School Sports

Playoffs: Five Midlands boys players to watch

Jordan Roper, Irmo

The sophomore guard does it all for Irmo. He scores in bunches but has disappeared late in some games. If he carries the scoring burden and lets David Frazier and the rest of the Yellow Jackets do what they do best, Irmo could be a team to be reckoned with.

Shaq Roland, Lexington

Roland is the top option for Lexington. Another sophomore guard, Roland attacks the basket, but his outside shot is suspect. If he is allowed to go the basket, teams will have a hard time stopping the Wildcats.

Malcolm Rhett, Lower Richland

Rhett moved from Richland Northeast to Lower Richland over the summer, and it took him some time to get adjusted to a new team. But he was voted one of the top-five seniors, and his play in recent weeks has been up to that billing.

Jonathan Rumph, Brookland-Cayce

Brookland-Cayce is a No. 3 seed, but Rumph is one player that could put a team on his back and carry them. There isn't much the 6-foot-5 junior doesn't do. He shoots, dribble penetrates, plays defense and rebounds well. The Bearcats will need all of that if they are to pull off an upset or two.

Chris Brown, Dreher

The Dreher senior guard has the ability to score 30 in any game. He is deadly from the outside, and the Blue Devils as a group are playing with great confidence. If Quayshun Hawkins also gets hot, teams can't afford to double-team Brown.

- Compiled by Chris Dearing

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