By Ronnie Hickman
Citizen Sports Editor
INEZ, Ky. — When Dylan James suited up to play varsity basketball as a sixth grader everyone knew that they were seeing one of the basketball players to ever play in Martin County and Friday morning with his family and the Sheldon Clark High School student body present he signed to continue his athletic and academic career with coach Kelly Wells and the UPike Bears. James will join former Cardinal teammate Chase Parsley at UPIKE, which is which of the top programs in the country in NAIA.
James leaves SCHS as one of the top players to ever wear a Sheldon Clark uniform. Starting with sixth grade season where he scored 24 points, James continued to improve. During his career James played a total of 192 games and started 164 of those.He scored a 2, 752 career points and ranks ninth in Kentucky High School Athletic Association record books by pulling in 1, 473 rebounds. James is the sole state leader in three pointers made with 463 and scored in double figures in 127 games.
In his seventh grade season he was part of the most wins in Sheldon Clark boys history as the team went 26 – 7. Starting as a eighth grader James was named All 15th region and was second team WYMT All Mountain Team. One of his best around games came as a sophomore as he tossed in 20 points and grabbed 20 rebounds against Lawrence County. His career single game high was 21 rebounds this past season against Cabell Midland. In one season at Mercer County the team went 33 – 1 and lost in the opening round of the state tournament.
UPike coach Kelly Wells is excited about adding James to the Bears roster next season.
” We are very excited to add a player like Dylan to our program”, coach Wells said. “He has proven himself to be one of the premier shooters in Kentucky over the course of his career.”