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Posted On: 09/20/18 1:02 PM
Southwestern High School shocked a lot of people when they won the 12th region and made it to the Sweet Sixteen in March. The Warriors graduated 6 Seniors but Junior Cameron Pierce doesn’t think there should be any drop off as they look for a repeat. Pierce describes his game as “an undersized big that can be physical but can step out and play on the perimeter in some lineups. Finishing through contact and free throw shooting are my strengths offensively. Defensively, I can guard bigger guys and can keep a smaller guard or forward in front.” Heading into his Junior year, Cameron has high hopes for his team, “I expect a lot of good things from my high school season. My team is coming off a 12th region championship and we graduated 6 seniors who played for us last year. We have no seniors this year so we don’t expect a lot of people to pick us to repeat. We know that we are good enough to compete with anyone, as we proved this summer. With one of the tougher schedules in the state, we will get the opportunity to prove ourselves early and often so I hope people see how good we really are even though we are young.”
Pierce spent his 16u AAU season playing with the Kentucky Premier program. Cameron went into the season unsure of what the year would hold, “It was my first season with the program so I didn’t really know what to expect. That being said, we played really well and fought toe to toe with some top tier programs (Louisville Magic, Team Ohio, Team WHBH) and beat some good programs as well (Tyler Smith Elite, Ohio Elite, Cincy Hoopers).” Coming out of the AAU season, Cameron has learned he can switch on defense and guard quicker players in the half court which he says was a weakness of his previously. Pierce thinks that experience will help with his high school season, ” I’m not the biggest guy so I’ll have to guard some guys who are quicker and bigger and better than me so I for sure feel better prepared to do that.” Cameron’s focus for the season is simple, “We are striving to win another 12th Region title”. If Pierce and the other returning varsity players can make big strides this season, Southwestern could find their way back to Rupp Arena out of a wide open 12th region this season.