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Glenn Hills' McRae is player of the week

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Aubrey McRae poses for a portrait outside of the gym at Glenn Hills High School.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Aubrey McRae poses for a portrait outside of the gym at Glenn Hills High School.

SCHOOL: Glenn Hills    YEAR: Jr.        POS: G/F         HT./WT.: 6-3/175

With the father-son relationship, the son is usually the listener.

And for most of Aubrey McRae’s life, the younger McRae listened to Travis McRae’s advice – especially in basketball.

But against Laney on Friday, the elder McRae, who’s Glenn Hills’ boys basketball coach, called for a play in a tied game. But Aubrey wanted an adjustment, and he got it.

As Aubrey recalled, he moved toward the basket as Maurice O’Bannon got the inbounds pass. O’Bannon then immediately passed the ball to McRae, who was left open just long enough to catch the ball and beat the buzzer with a layup for the 64-62 win. But McRae wasn’t done, as he scored a team-high 15 points at Hephzibah on Tuesday to help the Spartans stay undefeated with a 63-47 win. For those big performances, McRae is The Augusta Chronicle’s Player of the Week for 13-0 Glenn Hills.

The team’s incredibly strong start has been a surprise for McRae, even if he has played with most of his teammates for years.

“This is mostly the same team that won the JV championship,” McRae said. “So we expected it, but not like this.”

Also, though the Spartans are undefeated because they have a deep squad, McRae has been big when needed. Not only did he get the game-winner against Laney, but he had the loudest basket of the game against Hephzibah, when he got in a dunk while in transition.

It all adds up to a great start to the season, but McRae isn’t satisfied.

“It’s been exciting, but we haven’t proven anything yet,” McRae said.

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