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Javian Drake: The Official Richmond County Male Athlete of the Week

Junior point guard Javian Drake has been named the Official Richmond County Male Athlete of the Week. (Kyle Pillar, sports editor)

ROCKINGHAM — Junior basketball player Javian Drake has been named the Official Richmond County Male Athlete of the Week presented by HWY 55.

Helping the Raider basketball team take two of its three games last week, Drake’s efforts at the point guard position saw him near the top of the scoring sheet in each contest.

A returning starter to this year’s roster, Drake received his first career recognition from The Richmond Observer.

Athletic Profile

Year: Junior

Winter Sport: Basketball

Position: Point Guard

Years on Varsity: 2 years

Other Sports: Baseball

“GETTING BUCKETS” WITH JAVIAN DRAKE

Richmond played a trio of non-conference games last week, earning wins against Jack Britt High School and Trinity Christian School. Improving to 3-1 on the season, Drake proved to be a consistent scorer for the Raiders.

Averaging 14 points through the three games, Drake was Richmond’s leading scorer against the Buccaneers in a 75-47 win. He scored 12 points in the win, netting six points in each half. He started the game with two points in the first quarter.

Drake followed with a pair of field goals in the second stanza and was part of a runaway third quarter for Richmond with his final six points. He scored all of those points on field goals.

During Saturday’s 69-54 win over Trinity in the Hoop & Dreams Showcase, Drake reached double figures for the fourth time in four games this season. He was second on the team with 14 points, just behind teammate Jullien Cole (16 points).

Netting eight points on field goals, Drake added a pair of three-pointers in the win. He also notched three rebounds and two assists in the victory.

Despite Richmond falling short to Myers Park High School, Drake was Richmond’s leading scorer with 16 points against the top-ranked Mustangs. That was a season-high scoring performance for Drake.

The Raiders will play three more non-conference games this week, starting with a home game on Tuesday against Northern Guilford High School (1-0), set for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Junior point guard Javian Drake (3) drives the lane for two points against Jack Britt High School. (Deon Cranford/The Richmond Observer)

RAPID RESPONSE VIDEO WITH JAVIAN DRAKE

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Drake participates in a video interview and discusses his recent success, what the Raiders learned from their first loss, talks about the team’s next three games and shares which player he emulates his style of play after.

The Richmond Observer will publish two more Official Richmond County Athletes of the Week 

next week.

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Kyle Pillar is a 16-time North Carolina Press Association award-winning sports editor with The Richmond Observer. Follow the sports department on Twitter @ROSports_ for the best in-depth coverage of Richmond County sports.