In the city of Richmond, basketball is king.
Players such as George Wythe’s Maliek White (Providence), John Marshall’s Greg Jones (James Madison) and Thomas Jefferson’s Marcus Burwell (offer from Hampton while in JUCO) are just three recent names to remember.
There’s another large crop on the way- it’s headlined by the top recruit in the 2020 class in John Marshall’s Isaiah Todd- but a lesser known recruit that’s made recent waves is Armstrong’s Marchelus “Chi Chi” Avery. Recently, he picked up an offer from Old Dominion University.
“I was very excited,” Avery said. “But I’m getting better everyday so there’s hopefully plenty more to come.”
Avery averaged 14 points and seven rebounds a game last season for the Wildcats. With a 6-7, 185-pound frame he can add strength and weight to an already athletic package.
“He projects at the college level as a wing,” said coach Darryl Watts. “He’s versatile, keeps his cool and presents a potential mismatch for a lot of people at the high school level because of his height,” he continued. “Most people will match him up with a 4 or 5 and he can take them to the basket.”
This summer, Avery received enhanced exposure through playing with Boo Williams, one of the nation’s top AAU programs. With that training and hours on hours in the gym, Avery has been able to see improvements in his own game as well.
“My ball handling skills improved over the summer,” said Avery. “My shot is getting better and I’m jumping higher now.”
Avery will be a huge part of Armstrong’s success in 2017-18 as the Wildcats look to make a run in Conference 26 after finishing at 16-8 last season and going 1-1 in the first round of the playoffs the past two years.
The future is bright for both Armstrong and their athletic wing. Time will tell if Avery will take his throne among Richmond basketball royalty.