GREENWOOD, SC – For most young basketball players, offense is their focus, where many have become consumed with the jump shot and slam dunk.
Emerald Vikings’ senior guard Osharmar Abercrombie isn’t one of those players. Abercrombie’s play on defense has been integral in the Vikings’ 11-4 start to the 2013 season.
“Osharmar (Abercrombie) lets his offense come to him when given the opportunity,” Emerald head coach Mark Sorrow said. “He makes his mark on defense though. If there is a guy that really has it going, then he (Abercrombie) is usually the guy we call on to try and stop him.”
Abercrombie, who was a North-South All-Star game participant after starting at running back for the Vikings the past four years, explained that playing well on defense is his niche on the team without a doubt.
“I know that’s my job on the team,” Abercrombie said. “We have a lot of guys that can score so I just come ready to play defense every day.”
After getting back into what he called “basketball shape,” Abercombie explained that he has found a sense of pride in the role of defensive ace for the Vikings.
“I definitely take pride in it,” Abercrombie said. “It shows that my coaches and teammates have faith in me to be able to do a good job on defense.”
As the Vikings approach postseason play, Sorrow explained that Abercombie’s continued stellar defensive effort will be key when discussing the future of his team.
“It’s definitely great to have someone like him (Abercrombie),” Sorrow said. “He has thrived in that role of being a defensive stopper for us. When the other team has a last second shot, Osharmar (Abercrombie) wants to be the guy defending it, and it’s great to have someone like him to turn to in those situations.”