For Zac Orr, he went from a stud 1,000-point, 1,000-rebound club member at Banks County, to a distant memory for two years in college. Now, he’s back and better than ever at Bob Jones University.
Orr, a 2016 alum for Banks County, was a guaranteed double-double talent for the Leopards. The BLITZ Hall of Famer averaged 14 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 1 steal per game in his storied career.
The forward went on to Erskine College and quickly was out of the spotlight.
“It was a classic story of ‘go where you’re wanted,'” says Orr. “At Erskine, the coach fed me broken promises and never gave me a chance for two years. Then I got in contact with the coaches at BJU, and they really made me feel like a valuable piece to their team and that they genuinely cared about me.”
Orr never got the chance to play a minute for the Flying Fleet of Erskine College. However, he has moved on to Bob Jones, and continues to flourish in a new system.
“As a player, the move has helped me incredibly,” says Orr. “In my time here, I’m already a better player than I was. The coaches really take the time to focus on player development which is something else that drew me here.”
The sophomore forward is averaging 7.3 points and 5.8 boards per contest through the first 10 games of the Bruins’ season. He’s shooting a solid 47% from the field as well.
While forced to take a couple of years without live regular season action, Orr admits the game is different from when he played at Banks County.
“I’ve learned that college basketball is a lot different from high school basketball,” states Orr. “It’s a lot faster paced and physical. Then everyone you play against has a good IQ of the game, so you constantly have to be at your best and prepared.”
Orr has twice scored in double figures this season, including a collegiate career-best 14 points in just his second game with BJU on a night where he made good on 6-of-8 from the field. Regardless of his growth and success, Orr stays grounded and often remembers where he came from in Banks County.
“The thing that I’ve carried with me from Banks is the work ethic,” says Orr. “Coach Cleveland always instilled in us that we had to constantly work hard if we wanted to compete, and that is still relevant now. Also the family aspect of the team…I’ve brought that along with me, too. I’m super close to my new teammates and we have a family environment as well. I’ve really been able to realize how important that is.”
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