NEW-LOOK SHER­ROD

Se­nior guard fo­cused on mak­ing mem­o­rable sea­son for Bow­man

Post Tribune (Sunday) - - Sports -

This is go­ing to be the year for Bow­man’s Amari Sher­rod.

It has to be.

He’s a se­nior.

“It’s all about get­ting up and down I-65,” Sher­rod said, grin­ning.

If there is one word to sum up the po­ten­tial of the 6-foot-4 guard, it’s in­trigu­ing.

Col­leges are in­trigued. Bow­man coach Ty­rone Robin­son is in­trigued. His team­mates are in­trigued. Op­po­nents are in­trigued.

The ques­tion: What can a healthy, fully fo­cused and slimmed down Sher­rod do over a full sea­son?

His three-year ca­reer has been one, long case of stop and start.

Sher­rod ar­rived at Bow­man af­ter play­ing at An­drean as a fresh­man.

He had to sit out part of his sopho­more year be­cause of an is­sue with his trans­fer, ac­cord­ing to Bow­man coach Ty­rone Robin­son.

That same year, the Ea­gles were hit with a dev­as­tat­ing twoyear post­sea­son sus­pen­sion for us­ing an in­el­i­gi­ble player.

Last sea­son, Sher­rod chipped a bone in his an­kle that caused him to miss five games.

Com­pli­cat­ing the in­jury was Sher­rod didn’t ini­tially have the cor­rect di­ag­no­sis. He tried to play through the first part of the in­jury be­cause it was ini­tially thought to be a sprain.

The in­jury, the sus­pen­sion and the ex­tra weight he gained last sea­son af­ter he re­turned from the in­jury are all be­hind him.

It’s show­time.

Sher­rod is mo­ti­vated for two rea­sons. He needs a place to play col­lege bas­ket­ball and the Ea­gles, who were 13-8 last sea­son and re­turn six play­ers with ex­pe­ri­ence, get to play in the state play-

SUZANNE TEN­NANT/POST-TRI­BUNE

Bow­man’s Amari Sher­rod drives the ball past West Side’s Jaylin Hughes dur­ing a game on Jan. 5.

Mike Hut­ton

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