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February 28, 2014

UR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Prestwood JMA’s best defender

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Prestwood brothers plugged right into John Milledge Academy basketball coming from a home school league.

Junior Amos and freshman Andrew are major pieces to the Trojan hard-court puzzle.

“I love the team that I play for. They all play so scrappy and with so much heart,” Amos Prestwood said. “That’s the way I play.”

The junior’s consistent defensive effort and little discussed scoring ability earned Athlete of the Week honors.

Prestwood said he’s never been much of an offensive threat. Hustle plays make an impact.

JMA head boys’ basketball coach Thomas Craig said the junior is a spark to the team.

“He’s 110 percent every possession. The kids look up to that,” Craig said. “Amos is just a blessing to have.”

Changing possession through steals and defensive stops is a point of pride.

JMA upset No. 1 GISA 4-AAA seeded Westminster in the region tournament semifinal last week.

“We’ve worked all season and fell short so many times and to finally have that break through and go to the championship game, I don’t think I could be prouder of my team,” Prestwood said.

Many opponents realize how good the JMA junior works his craft.

He said his defensive assignments often say ‘that’s the best defense they’ve ever had to play against.’

“That’s what I’ve based my life on is giving everything I have and keeping a good attitude,” he said. “To hear that back, it brings me a lot of pride.”

Craig knew just what Amos could offer after summer ball.

“I’ve never coached a kid 15 years that plays defense like this,” the Trojan coach said. “He’s like a gnat that never gets out of your face. You might swat him away for a few seconds, but he is going to come back. Amos’ forte is getting in a stance and pestering you for four quarters.”

Prestwood relishes playing with his younger brother. There is no jealousy involved about who gets accolades.

“We’ve always played well together and that’s something I wouldn’t trade for anything,” he said.

Besides basketball talents, Amos kicks most home games off singing ‘The National Anthem.’

Singing is another love for the well-rounded junior. It’s a stress relief for the Athlete of the Week.

“That’s one thing God blessed me to be able to do, so I use it,” Amos said.

Craig said the Athlete of the Week does whatever is required fro JMA to win.

“Amos has bought into what we have going on. It’s done great things for us,” the coach said.

 

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