At the start of Wednesday’s regional semifinal against New Town, Patterson Mill senior Reggie Daniels wondered if the upcoming game would be the last of his high school career.
Unfortunately, it was. The Titans dashed the Huskies’ hopes of a regional title appearance, 48–37.
“We gave it our all as a team. I’m not sad or mad that we lost,” Daniels said. “[I feel a] strong sense of accomplishment.”
Daniels finished with eight points, 12 rebounds and six blocks. The young star, only 17, thinks he is already more talented than many of his older peers.
“I feel that I am more skilled than people that are older than me because I work hard every day,” said Daniels, who played his freshman year on varsity at Bel Air before transferring to Patterson Mill.
Daniels and his teammates will be the first class of senior basketball players to graduate from Patterson Mill.
“I feel like I accomplished a lot and that’s for the school,” Daniels said.
Head coach Jeroud Clark agrees.
“[Reggie] made the team and the program better. He cares about it and it rubs off on the younger kids,” Clark said.
The star forward is modest about his role.
“Kids should not want to look up to me, they should want to be better than me,” he said.
After three years together, Daniels and his coach have a strong relationship.
“[Coach Clark] has played the biggest role of anybody that I have ever played with in basketball. He is like a father figure,” Daniels said.
“He’s a dream to coach. He is one of the easiest kids to coach that we’ve had. He’s so driven to be successful,” Clark said. "He is extremely passionate about getting better as an individual and as a team, [but] he is not a big vocal guy. He leads by action [and] everybody kind of feeds off his energy.”
Daniels is being recruited by several colleges but has not decided on one yet. All he knows is that he will be playing basketball.
“His best basketball days are ahead of him,” Clark said. “He has a phenomenal future and potential.”
Daniels holds the following school records:
Points in a game: 31
Blocks in a game: 13
Career blocks: 159
Career rebounds: 501
Daniels also finished his career with 28 double-doubles and 555 points in 55 games. He averaged 14.1 points, 12 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game in his senior year.