High School Basketball: Early hopes to lead Logan deep into season
LOGAN (WCHS-TV/WVAH-TV) - David Early is an athlete of few words. But certainly, it's been his game doing all the talking. Early averages 23-points per contest. nothing new for Logan High School's latest basketball spectacle.
"I just got to play my role man, score, help my team out and win," Early said.
Early's focus from freshman to sophomore year continues to develop. Known as a dangerous shooter his first year in school, Early is expanding his game as the season progresses.
"Attack the basket more. Quit settling for threes and get my other players involved," Early said.
"He started the season through the first five games shooting 55 percent from the three-point line. Then he went through a spell where he wasn't making many outside shots. We knew it was coming. You can't keep that up
all year, but he eventually decided he was going to start taking it to the basket and has been a terror ever since," Logan head coach Zach Green said about Early's season.
And Early's talent roars far outside of the high school gyms. The sophomore already has scholarship offers from both West Virginia and Marshall.
"It's fun man. I just love basketball. It's just hard to explain," Early said.
"Kind of indescribable when you have legends like Bob Huggins and coach D'antoni and those guys that are coming up and want to get to know him as not just a basketball player but as a kid, his grades. We tell him all the time, you're under a microscope, and that he has to do things right everywhere, he goes. He understands that, and it's been an adjustment but he's 16 years old and getting better at it every day," Green said.
What does get Early talking? The legacy he wants to leave as a basketball player at Logan. A school which has seen numerous all-staters, division one athletes, and seven state championships. Still, Early has dreams of reaching the highest of peaks.
"I love that the town of Logan loves me. I just want to play for them. I want to be the best. I want to leave Logan knowing I'm the best," early said.
"He's on pace right now to break Paul Herbert Williamson's scoring record but if David keeps doing the things he's doing, I think he has a very good chance of being the greatest player to ever come from Logan high school," Green said.
(Early was injured on Saturday against Nitro and is out for the moment.)