UP NEXT: Southside WR Chris Rhodes

Southside WR/KR/S/PG Chris Rhodes is a busy 2009 prospect. Not only does he excel in football but he's also the starting point guard for the defending AA Upper State champions as well. Rhodes's ability in both sports makes him the next player to be featured in our "UP NEXT" series. Come inside to learn more about him.

To excel in one sport as a high school athlete is pretty tough but to excel in two requires some great athletic ability and dedication. The next player to be feature in our "UP NEXT" series has those characteristics and then some. Meet Southside High School's Chris Rhodes. Rhodes is suiting it up for the Tigers on the football field as a wide receiver, kick returner, and safety but also doubles as the starting point guard for the defending AA Upper State champions as well. Rhodes spoke with SCPrepNation.com recently to talk about this upcoming season and his recruitment.

While he may be more known for his basketball prowess at this point Chris Rhodes is already making noise on the gridiron as well. At 5'10 162 pounds he's cat quick and has some unbelievable agility. The Tigers will try to get the ball in his hands as often as possible this season due to his speed and ability to make people miss.

Rhodes's goals are plain and simple for this upcoming season. "To help my team make it to the playoffs and continue to get better." While Southside has struggled on the gridiron in recent years things are looking up for the Tigers.

We queried Rhodes about the toughest matchup he's had in his football career and he quickly replied, "My big cousin J.T. Floyd!!!" Rhodes also informed us that Presbyterian and Charleston Southern were showing the most interest early on in his football recruitment.

As Rhodes prepares for his junior season on the gridiron we couldn't help but delve into his progress on the hardwood as well. AAU play just concluded and we asked the Southside point guard to give us a breakdown on his summer on the AAU circuit. "It was okay. I played with the South Carolina Fire but next year i will be playing with Low Country Heels. I was okay with our success because I was the only one scoring it seemed at times."

With Southside going 27-2 on the season last year Rhodes played a pivotal role in their success. He averaged 9.8 ppg, 8.2 apg, 1.5 rpg, and 3.5 spg. As for next season the 2009 prospect is anticipating another run to Columbia as the Tigers return everyone on arguably the deepest team in the state except All-State selection Justin Edwards.

Asked about his best performance ever on the court Rhodes said, "It was against Saluda last year in the playoffs. I shut down the AA player of the year, Trevor Deloach. He averaged 32 points a game coming in and I held him to 7 points. The thing that made it so memorable is that everybody said he was going to drop 50 points on us! I'm our best defensive player and Trevor Deloach was 6'2 or 6'3 and I'm 5'10. Everybody said that I was too short to guard him and that it didn't matter who was guarding him because he was still going to put up 50 on us. Before the game I wasn't even scared. I wasn't even thinking about him because I knew that I was going to shut him down because I have one thing some people don't have and that's heart!"

SCPrepNation.com was there for that matchup and indeed Rhodes did a hellacious job of staying in Deloach's jersey for just about the entire night. Deloach was clearly frustrated by Rhodes' defense and he was unable to rally his troops and will them past Southside.

Chris says that he's been working a great deal this offseason on going left with the ball and that his work has paid off already. He's also been adding a few more things to his hoops arsenal as well. "I was always good at getting to the basket, playing D, and my mid-range pull-up, and now i can shoot the three pointer as well."

His ability has drawn plenty of interest from in-state school Charleston Southern as they've been recruiting him pretty heavily for hoops as well.

A Closer Look At...Chris Rhodes
3 favorite musical artists: T.I, Li'l Wayne, and Jay-Z
Favorite movies: Love And Basketball, He Got Game
Favorite food: Chicken
Favorite basketball player: Allen Iverson
Dream school: UConn. Because I wanna go back to my hometown
You're playing in a 3 on 3 tournament and you can have any 2 teammates you want...who would they be? Robbie Dreher and Justin Edwards
If you could meet any 3 people in the world who would they be? Allen Iverson, Steve Nash, Dwayne Wade

SCPrepNation.com will have more updates on Chris Rhodes as football season is less than a week away so keep it locked here with SCPrepNation.com for all the very latest regarding South Carolina high school sports and recruiting.

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