From the first day Drew Sachs stepped on the gym floor at Greenhills Hill Schools he has made his point that he belongs. In fact, he has made many points – which is the point.
During his freshman season two years ago, Sachs scored 180 points, including an average of 16.5 points in the Gryphons’ postseason run. An injury slowed the shooting guard down during his sophomore year but he still averaged 13.3 points in only six games.
This year, Sachs has taken his game to a new level and along with it is taking the Gryphons to top of the standings.
In Greenhills’ first eight games, Sachs has scored 178 points (22 points per game) and is shooting an incredible 53 percent from the floor (71 of 134). He is 21 of 59 from three-point range (36 percent) and has 34 rebounds, 28 steals, 20 assists and eight blocks.
More importantly, he has helped lead the Gryphons to a 7-1 start. And that’s really the point.
“We are playing about nine players per game, including seven seniors so we have a good experience,” says Sachs. “Although we don’t have a lot of height, we have been utilizing both our outside shooting and driving mid-range shots to score regularly, and a very aggressive defense to hold opponents to low scores.”
With Sachs leading the way in the scoring column, Greenhills is averaging 57 points while holding opponents to 38.
“Our team goals for this year include to continue our streak of winning a third District championship in a row, and making it deeper into the playoffs then first round of Regionals like the last two years,” he said.
Sachs, the son of Dave and Kelly Sachs, started hooping in early elementary school.
“Basketball was always very accessible, so I loved playing with any available time, whether it was just by myself or with friends,” he said.
Sachs has been playing on the AAU circuit one grade up for the past six years out of Romulus on Hudson Elite (coached by Darryl Hudson – a former 10 year overseas player).
“Darryl recently moved to Jackson last fall to become the assistant basketball coach at Jackson State,” Sachs said. “I’ve spent hundreds of hours training with Darryl. I also have another personal basketball training coach, Rob Anshila, who is a nine-year overseas player who is now in his 10th season in Australia. They have both helped me with all aspects of my game over the years – with a heavy focus on European-style basketball.”
Sachs will be playing East Coast style basketball next year.
“My family is moving to Boston this summer, and my brother, Cade (freshman), and I are in in process of applying at The Governors Academy,” he said. “This prep school is part of the ISL in New England. I want to reclassify as a junior so I can play two more years before entering college. My goal is to grow both academically and athletically to help me with my future dreams.”
The future dreams including playing at the next level.
“I am still undecided where I want to go and what I want to study, but my goal and dream has always been to play at Michigan, and also to study something that has to do with business and sports,” says Sachs, who has a 3.8 grade-point average. “I have been talking with some high academic D3 schools out East and in Chicago after attending a handful of college camps this past summer.”
College, however, is going to have to wait. There are goals to knock off before getting to the dreams.