When it comes to talent on the basketball court, East Limestone doesn't just have it on the boys or girls side, they have it on both.
That was demonstrated once again recently as East Limestone girls standout Jirah Rogers and boys star Austin Harvell were both selected to the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association (ASADCA) Top 100 Basketball Showcase, which will take place in the Birmingham area Saturday.
The Top 100 Showcase brings together the top boys and girls basketball players in the state for a weekend of basketball. The showcase allows athletes still in high school the opportunity to participate in this special camp that will be open for college coaches to attend. It is a joint process of the AHSAA, NFHS and NCAA.
AHSAA coaches nominated players for the event and the AHSADCA Showcase selection committee chose 100 boys and 100 girls to attend. The boys event will be at Hoover High School and the girls event will take place at Spain Park High School.
Rogers, a rising junior at East, said she was stunned to find out she was selected as one of the top 100 girls basketball players in the state.
“Getting selected was shocking,” Rogers said. “I'm ecstatic to be chosen because college coaches are going to be there. I'll be able to get my name out there and hopefully that will help me be able to play on the next level.”
East Limestone girls basketball coach Josh Davis said he is proud of Rogers for her Top 100 Showcase selection.
“She's put in the time and the work, and she well deserved that honor,” Davis said. “I'm hoping she goes down there and plays well and hopefully talks to some more colleges.”
Rogers has been on the East Limestone varsity team since seventh grade, and Davis said opposing coaches are looking forward to the day she is no longer wearing the garnet and gold.
“I always have coaches say to me 'Is she ever going to graduate?'” Davis said with a laugh. “I tell them I'm going to keep her as long as I can.”
Harvell hasn't been with East Limestone nearly as long, as he transferred in from Clements before his junior season. However, Indians coach Fred Steger said the rising senior has left a great impression on the East program during his time there. Harvell tore his ACL during the summer before the season, but worked his way back to playing when the season started.
“He's worked extremely hard becoming a part of East Limestone and also coming off a knee injury last year,” Steger said. “To be a good quality player, he knows he has to put in the time. He knows the little things he needs to work on to improve his game.”
Harvell already holds offers from several Division I schools, including SEC schools, but Steger said that hasn't impacted the effort he puts in to improving his game.
“He doesn't take anything for granted,” Steger said. “He's always talking about how he can improve his game, and he works on those things to improve. And it's paying off for him. He can pretty much do whatever he decides to do in the game of basketball.”