November 28, 2020

Prolific season for Braves’ Alijah Huzzie

(Franklin, GA) — The Braves varsity basketball team will be competing in the Region 5-AA semifinals at 8:30 tonight in Columbus where they will battle top-seeded Spencer.

Leading the way for the Braves will be junior point guard Alijah Huzzie, a player in the midst of one of the most prolific seasons in school history.

Alijah Huzzie leads the Braves in every statistical category this season (Photo: Jeff Napier)

According to head coach Keith Simmons, Huzzie has been not only the statistical juggernaut on the team this season but has shown some much-needed leadership for a team full of younger players.

The Braves lost several starters from the Region Championship team of a year ago and Huzzie’s efforts have the team heading back to the state playoffs once again regardless of tonight’s outcome.

The second year Brave coach believes that the junior is one of the best basketball players in the state and the statistics certainly support that.

Huzzie is averaging over 21 points per game for the season and almost 24 per game in region play.

He also leads the team in assists (4.8 per game), rebounds (7.5 per game), and is averaging nearly five steals per game to lead the way on the defensive end.

“I don’t think in my 10 plus years of high school coaching, I have seen stat lines like these night after night — especially from a point guard,” says Simmons. “You will sometimes see a big guy getting these numbers with someone feeding him the ball and doing the work to get it to him, but for someone like Alijah to have to bring it up the court and guard the other team’s best players makes this season he’s having so special.”

“If he’s not one of the best guards in the state I don’t know what these other guys must look like. Huzzie has just put us on his back at times this season and give us a chance to at least compete for another region title when most people gave us no shot after losing so many players from last year — and he’s only a junior.”

Outside of his physical and athletic attributes, Simmons says it is the non-physical aspects of his game that truly make Huzzie special.

“Huzzie just sees this game two or three steps ahead of other players. He has a very high basketball IQ and is so good at playing unselfishly and helping mold these younger players on the team,” adds Simmons. “He’s been another coach out there this season and simply willed these younger guys into maturity — you just don’t see players like him come around very often.”

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