ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Jaylen Sturdivant

Jaylen Sturdivant is a senior for the Hoke County basketball team.

The Bucks dropped their conference opener at Lee County in a 64-62 barnburner, and Sturdivant helped to set the barn afire. He knocked down a total of five three-pointers in the game, finishing with 19 points, adding 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.

Sturdivant’s long-range shots came not just from NBA 3-point range, most were from Steph Curry territory, and all came at key point in the 2-point game. His first three, from the left wing, broke a first quarter tie. His next two wiped out 1-point Lee County leads. His fourth came from the top of the key in the third quarter and extended a one-point Hoke lead to four. The final shot accounted for the Bucks’ last points in the game and tied the contest at 62 late in the fourth quarter.