Currently, Tattnall Square Academy has a 15-5 overall record and are ranked No.7 in the GHSA Class A-Private division. The Trojans have scored two impressive victories over defending Class A-Public State Champions Wilkinson County and currently sit atop of Region 7-A. Coach Jarvis Smith attributes the team’s success to the senior leadership of Calvin Slaughter and Jimmy Marshall. “Calvin has been great this season, he just leads by example. He doesn’t get a lot of press, but Cal has had a very solid season. Jimmy is a guy that you can depend on. Every night you can just about pencil him in for a double-double with points and rebounds. I am so proud of them for the way that they’ve led us so far.”
Slaughter has started to receive minimal interest from a couple of lower level colleges and JUCO’s. The 6-foot-1 combo guard is averaging a team leading 19-points and 8-assists per game. In addition, he scored his 1000th career point on January 24, 2017 against Mt. de Sales Academy. With two regular season games left to play as well as the post season (region tourney & state playoffs), Calvin Slaughter looks to continue to lead the Trojans and prove that he is a collegiate level player.
Jimmy Marshall will be signing a National Letter of Intent on February 1, 2017 to play wide receiver at Middle Tennessee State University. The 6-foot-6 two-sport stud is averaging 13-points and 9-rebounds per game. Marshall is a bruising interior presence that loves to mix it up down low on both ends. He patrols the paint defensively and is skilled enough to create for himself offensively. The inside-outside combination of Marshall and Slaughter has quietly turned Tattnall Square Academy into a legitimate title contender in Class A-Private.
Last season, Tattnall was eliminated by Greenforest (78-48) in the Elite Eight. However, the Trojans have started to peak at the right time and seem poised to make another deep playoff run this postseason.