O’Bannon High School’s Dontrell Byrd, the Planters Bank Player of the Week, plays the game of basketball like a true big man.
Though he is only 6-foot-2, Byrd patrols the center of the lane and takes much pride in blocking out, getting rebounds and scoring the ball.
“I am leading this team by example,” Byrd said. “It does not matter if the guys I play against are bigger than me because it still comes down to who hustles the most and who plays the game the right way.”
Byrd, a senior is averaging a double, double this year in points and rebounds. Byrd had another double, double on Dec. 14 when he led his team to a 68-60 road victory over the South Delta Bulldogs. After an 0-4 start to the season, it was the first victory for the Greenwaves this state.
While the start to the season has not been ideal, Byrd said he sees plenty of potential in his teammates to make a run at the postseason.
Byrd said teammates, like senior Arthur Carter, senior Tyler Burnett and senior Jaylen Palmer, are willing to sacrifice what ever they need to in order for the team to be successful.
Byrd is the eldest of five siblings, a fact which has helped make him a better person, he said.
“It has definitely helped make me a more responsible person,” Byrd said. “When my parents aren’t around, I am the one who has to watch over them.”
Byrd and his teammates are looking forward to their rematch this Saturday at Greenville High School. The Hornets defeated Greenville 68-29 on Nov. 13. The Greenwaves were also scheduled to host South Delta on Tuesday night.
“We just need to keep getting better and keep working hard and good things are going to come our way,” Byrd said.