GREENWOOD, SC – For the first two years of his career at Emerald High School, Kelvis Louden was known primarily as an outside shooter for the Emerald Vikings. Now a junior, Louden is averaging 12.9 points per game for the Vikings, helping lead them to a 10-5 record.
“I have worked hard,” Louden said. “I have worked really hard in practice with my team, but also put in a lot of work on my own.”
Although he has been one of the top scorers for the Vikings so far, the junior guard’s most glaring improvement as a player has been on the defensive side of the court.
“Kelvis (Louden) is a tremendous outside shooter,” Emerald Head Coach Mark Sorrow said. “He has improved on getting the ball to the basket more this year. But defensively, we really count on him to rebound. He (Louden) is our top rebounder, leads us in blocks, so that has certainly been a nice addition to his game this season.”
That defensive mindset adopted by Louden has resulted in a team high 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per contest.
“Defense has become a strength of mine,” Louden said. “I definitely take pride in the way I play defense.”
The added dimension of Louden’s ability to rebound on a consistent basis has allowed Sorrow to play his junior guard in different spots in the lineup, according to the Vikings’ head man.
“It’s great to have someone like that, that can play both inside and out,” Sorrow said. “He (Louden) has been able to play multiple positions for us this season.”
As the Vikings currently own a 3-3 Region record, Louden explained that he will have to continue his impressive defensive effort if the Vikings hope to create momentum as they look forward to a probable playoff appearance.
“We just need to keep playing hard defense,” Louden said. “Just keep working hard, have each other’s backs, and play as a team.”