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In-Depth Interview with Augusta's Four-Year Starting Point Guard Tyree Myers
Find out what has made the quarterback for the #8 ranked Jaguars a winner in college, high school and even the Nike Peach Jam
Off to a 7-0 start and ranked #8 in the latest NABC Division II coaches poll, Augusta University’s basketball team has become the talk of the town. Whether it’s AugBball, the Augusta Sports Report, WJBF’s newscast, Ashley Brown’s weekly Augusta Press column, or the University’s student authored Bell Ringer, essentially all of the local media outlets have taken notice of the scorching hot start for the Jaguars.
Augusta will host two more non-conference games this Saturday (vs Coastal Georgia at 4:00 P.M.) and Monday (vs Paine College at 7:30 P.M.) before Peach Belt Conference play gets under way.
Like all Augusta University students, the players have been taking exams this week. And related functions like graduation and pinning ceremonies forced the team to practice at Riverview Park in North Augusta Thursday and Friday. The new practice location made me realize I hadn’t yet shown the team’s four-year starting point guard Tyree Myers a picture of him at Riverview playing in the famous Nike Peach Jam long before any of us knew he was destined to become an all-time great Jaguar leader.
What followed was an extensive interview (above) with Myers, who quarterbacked the team to a combined record of 49-14, two NCAA tournament appearances and a Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament championship during his first two seasons. During last year’s COVID ravaged 16-game campaign, which didn’t count against his eligibility, Myers stepped into a huge void caused by the absence of five Jaguars to score more than 13 points per game while Augusta posted a winning record against all odds. This season Myers is back to his familiar role as the team’s floor general. He leads the team in assists and steers the offense while five Jaguar teammates are averaging double figures in points so far. Myers also does more than his fair share for Augusta’s stingy defense, which has allowed 70 points or more only one time this season.