BYH-I am so tired of going to stores at University Commons and having someone come to me in the parking lot to ask for...



Jahzeer Baker


The Daily Reflector

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Junior Jahzeer Baker is a combo guard on South Central's undefeated boys' basketball team. Baker chatted with Reflector prep sports beat writer Jordan Anders before Wednesday's game against North Lenoir about his favorite part of being a Falcon and his go-to move on the floor.

Q: Let's start at the beginning. When did you first pick up a basketball?

A: I'd say I was about 5. Me and my mom were out in the driveway dribbling all the time. That's what I remember.

Q: What got you into playing it?

A: It was just a form of me thinking that was my way out, a personal calling from God. That's what I thought he made me for. Me and my family are kind of deep into basketball. We love it.

Q: You play some point guard and some shooting guard for the Falcons. Which do you prefer?

A: I prefer to distribute the ball. I'm a pass-first guard, so I love to be a point guard.

Q: Most kids nowadays are all about shooting the ball, and it's rare a player tells me they love to pass. Why do you enjoy being a pass-first point guard?

A: Just seeing the excitement on a teammate's face when I distribute a good pass, and making them better. That's something I've always loved to do. I've always been a selfless kind of guy.

Q: Is your passing what you feel like is your strongest attribute as a player?

A: I wouldn't say that. I would say the strongest part of my game now would be defense. I love defense. Defense is your offense and that's the strongest part of my game, but the passing is the strongest piece of me on the offensive side.

Q: It's interesting you say you love defense, because you play for a coach in Chris Cherry who puts a lot of emphasis on having a vaunted defense. Do you feel like your love of playing defense helps you connect with him and this team a little more?

A: It just helps our relationship. He loves defense and I love defense, so that makes us have a stronger bond. We might bump heads here and there, but defense is what we do best and love the best.

Q: There are a lot of talented players on this team. Tell me which player on this team you think would be the toughest 1-on-1 opponent.

A: I'd say my toughest would be either (guard) Shykeim (Phillips) or (post player) Day'ron (Sharpe). Day'ron is so versatile, you think all he's going to do is back you up and he'll pull up. With Shy, he's so fast, so he can stop and then he'll go and you'll never see it. Then you've got (guard) Tajh (Riddick), who's so smooth and you think he's going to pull up and he'll drive right by you. Everybody on the team really is tough. They've all got something they do that's real skillful.

Q: You talked about all their moves, but what's your go-to move offensively?

A: My go-to would probably be between-the-legs pause on you. I'll just pause and see if you bite on it. If you bite, I'll go past. If you don't, I'll pull up or crossover. That's my favorite.

Q: What's your favorite thing to do outside of basketball?

A: My favorite thing is probably hanging around my family and friends and my girl. That's all I do, but like I said, basketball is pretty much all we do so if I'm with one of them, we're either talking about it or watching it or I'm reffing because that's my job. I ref little kids games, so pretty much all my life is sports and books.

Q: How young are the kids you officiate for?

A: We're talking 12-and-under.

Q: What's that like?

A: It gets heated. [laughs]. That's why I don't really get on the refs as much as I used to, because I see that I make mistakes the same as they can. We're all human at the end of the day. It gave me a better understanding of what happens in the game flow.

If you have a suggestion for a player to be featured in Prep Spotlight, contact Jordan Anders at janders@reflector.com, 252-329-9594 or follow @ReflectorJordan on Twitter.


Humans of Greenville


Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.

High Schools

October 19, 2018

It’s time for another installment of one of the best rivalries in the state as D.H. Conley (5-2, 3-0) travels just under seven miles down the road to face J.H. Rose (5-2, 2-1) tonight in high school football action.

With two high-scoring offenses coming together it will be a shootout, and…


October 18, 2018

The Ayden-Grifton Chargers volleyball team celebrated senior night by defeating South Lenoir Wednesday to improve to 19-1 on the season.

The Chargers (11-0 in league play) won in straight sets, 25-13, 25-8 and 25-19.

The match marked the final time seniors Jordan Cannon, Zion Hardy and Kristen…

October 18, 2018

Zion Hardy, known by her teammates as “The Beast,” is one of three seniors on a Chargers volleyball roster that has only 10 players. Hardy spoke with preps Beat Writer Jake Keator after a 3-0 win on senior night about the Chargers season and winning back-to-back conference titles.



October 16, 2018

J.H. Rose put on a performance reminiscent of the beginning of its season with a 55-0 rout of Southern Wayne last Wednesday night. 

The game seemed to be a walk in the park for head coach Dave Wojtecki and Rose (5-2, 2-1), who held a comfortable 42-0 lead at halftime.

The Rampants switched up…


October 13, 2018

After winning yet another local volleyball showdown against fellow powerhouse South Central on Friday night, D.H. Conley coach Jennifer Gillikin perhaps best summed up her team’s season thus far when asked what she does to help her team avoid a letdown.

“What do you mean by a letdown?…


October 13, 2018

North Johnston kicker Graham Walston spoiled homecoming for the Farmville Central Jaguars on Friday night, kicking a 20-yard field goal as time expired to cap off a furious second half comeback. The Panthers walked away with a 31-29 victory. 

Tied at 29 late in the fourth quarter, FC (2-6, 1-…


October 12, 2018

The weather once again played a factor in the scheduling of high school football games in Pitt County this week. In preparation for the arrival of the remnants of Hurricane Michael, J.H. Rose and D.H. Conley both played road games on Wednesday and both teams walked away with wins.

The trip by Ayden-…


October 11, 2018

East Carolina has been known to scout some of the best receivers in North Carolina, but a new defensive lineman is on the Pirates’ radar, and he not only can shed a block but can also catch the ball.

Farmville Central High School defensive tackle and tight end Keziah Everett is a recent…


October 11, 2018

New Bern's football team was turning a corner on the season in many of the players' and coaches' minds leading up to Wednesday's conference clash with D.H. Conley.

The most turning that was done Wednesday was by Conley star C.J. Johnson who turned five plays into 30-plus yard touchdowns in a 47-14…


October 11, 2018

Myles White is a decorated leader of the South Central football team’s defense. As a linebacker, he relays the plays from the sideline to his defense. White spoke with preps beat writer Jake Keator about being a leader and what it’s like being a part of the undefeated Falcons.

Q: How…

107 stories in High Schools. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 11
        Next Page»   Last Page»