Gamer of the Week

Braeden McGrew is Gamer of the Week

By Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS

Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s male Gamer of the Week to senior Braeden McGrew of Winfield High School.
The General’s men’s basketball team rebounded strong to end a two game slide to fellow Cardinal conference opponents Logan and Chapmanville high schools. Earning a solid victory over Mingo Central 71-62, the Generals have once regained momentum in the race to stay atop the North division. One standout player for the Generals last week was senior point guard Braeden McGrew. McGrew, known for his deep shooting ranged dropped 16 points and a team high six rebounds versus Chapmanville, and scored 21 points against Mingo Central. McGrew hit a major milestone against the victory over Mingo Central, as he became a 1,000-point scorer for his career at Winfield.

When Braeden was asked what motivates him he responded, ‘‘Getting to the state tournament is the goal. I would really like to make the all-state team this year, but my individual focus on this season was improving my defense and physicality.’’ When Braeden was asked where he draws his inspiration he replied, ‘’My grandfather Roger Hart has always inspired me because he was a hall of fame basketball player for Morris Harvey College. He has always called me on my game days to wish me good luck and I hope I can play college ball like him one day.’’

The Generals are averaging 66 points per game while only allowing their opponents to score an average of nearly 60 points per game. The margin of victory is within six points which means that games from here on out will be close as the Generals will battle through Cardinal Conference play. Sitting with a 9-4 overall record, the Generals are hoping the rigorous conference play will prepare them for post season play. When asked about Braeden’s play, first year head coach Chris Stevens said, “Braeden has been asked to do a lot for us on both sides of the ball and he has stepped up and became a leader. He has really taken to heart having pride in his defense while he leads our team in steals and deflections. Braeden is a great competitor and really keeps our energy up while he’s on the floor.’’ When Coach Stevens was asked what his team has to do to further improve and prepare for post season play he replied, ‘’our guys have really improved their preparation habits and focusing on scouting reports. They have learned to take one game at a time and I think that has been reflected in our record so far. We are very blessed to have several guys able to step up and score for us when others are struggling.‘’ The Generals are aiming to set themselves up well for the post season. Winning the North Division of the Cardinal conference is the first step, but they plan to take one game at a time before conference championship week arrives.

Braeden currently has a 4.0 GPA and is the son of Bruce and Robin McGrew. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Link Crew, Mu Alpha Theta, and Fuel Bible Club at Winfield. Braeden says he has been in contact with local schools about continuing his basketball career but now says he is focused on finishing his senior season strong. He plans to study biology and become a nurse practitioner in the future.  

Please look for other local high school athletes to be named in next week’s Male Gamer of the Week Sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald.

Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at the Teays Physical Therapy Center and assists with the Potential Plus Program.