Featured Player of the Week

Nygell Verdier drives past the Knights Peyton Gerald for a basket. (Ron Morris)
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Independence Patriots Nygell Verdier 

The senior 6’5″ guard and forward for the Independence Patriots varsity basketball team has been a steady and reliable performer for Coach Preston Davis. During the initial six games played this year he has made a significant contribution at the “Big I.”

Against the Knights from Ardrey Kell recently, Verdier led the Pats in scoring with 18 points while shooting 8-16 from the floor for 50%. He also led the team with 8 rebounds, while contributing 2 assists and 1 blocked shot.

During the season to date, Verdier has averaged 14.3 points per game, scoring 86 points, has hauled down 26 rebounds for an average of 4.3 per game, 17 assists for an average of 2.8 per game, 9 steals for 1.5 per game, and 6 blocks for 1.0 per game. His average field goal percentage is at 48%. His statistics clearly shows he has been much more effective from the two point range shooting at a 52% rate compared with 29% from the 3-point perimeter.

The season is still young, and he has shown improvement in every game with a lot of  upside potential for the Patriots. Verdier will be especially called upon to be a difference maker in key rival games in the 2019-2020 campaign in the highly competitive Southwestern 4A Conference.

The Mint Hill Times sports editor and sports writers want to congratulate Nygell Verdier for being selected this weeks “Featured Player of the Week.”

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Ed Berti
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