Posted On: 02/20/18 5:36 AM
Last season, the Bowling Green Purples won the Kentucky state championship behind a slew of talented players and senior leadership. They were led by (now) Austin Peay State University stud freshman Terry Taylor. They also had top national 2021 point guard Zion Harmon, who is now a freshman at Adair County High School. Then add in (at the time) junior forward Jarius Key, who averaged just 5 points and 3 rebounds last season.
Flash forward to present time, Key is now the senior leader and Bowling Green is still seeing positive results on the floor. The Purples are 20-10, led by Key’s 18.6 points and 10 rebounds per game. If you’re keeping count, that’s a 13 point, 6 rebound jump from last season’s averages. “This summer I worked really hard, and knew that I was going to have to step in and take more of a leadership role,” said Jarius.
Key was known for his athleticism as a junior, and participating in Next Up Recruits summer event helped show off that and more. He’s super bouncy, has a motor that doesn’t quit, and is now becoming a proven leader on the floor – helping Bowling Green become a regional contender once again.
The senior currently holds offers from NAIA’s Georgetown College and Campbellsville, as well as JUCO offers from Columbia State. “I’m pretty wide open at the moment. But grateful for the offers and attention I’ve received thus far.”
If Bowling Green can make it back to the state tournament, expect interest to pick up for Jarius while playing on the big stage at Rupp Arena. Key will undoubtedly make an impact at whichever school he ends up playing for in near future.