Posted On: 01/28/21 9:13 AM

Dave Morrison

Now that we have a start date (Feb. 15 for practice and March 5 for games), it’s time to look at some of the state’s top talent.

I’ll begin with 12 of the top area players to keep an eye on from what is generally considered the former Region 3 area in southern West Virginia.

Ben GilliamBenGilliam6'5" | CWoodrow Wilson | 2021StateWV, Woodrow Wilson, 6-5, Sr.

Last season Woodrow Wilson coach Ron Kidd called Gilliam the second-best big man in the state. Assuming he meant Chapmanville’s Marshall-bound Obinna Anochili-Killen was No. 1, Gilliam stands ready to take the mantle. Last season the big redhead averaged a double-double - 15.7 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Gilliam scored in double figures in 22 of 25 games, including 15 straight to end the season. He topped 20 six times, and had a season-high 25 twice, vs. George Washington and vs. Princeton in the sectional championship game. He’s hard to contain going to the rim and either extended possessions or scored with 103 offensive boards.

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