Still no place like home for former Seahawk Sessions

mbhoops-sessionsCharlotte Bobcats guard Ramon Sessions is used to playing before packed houses and huge arenas, but Tuesday night’s return to his alma mater, Myrtle Beach High, to be honored was a bit overwhelming.

“It means the world to me,” said Sessions, who was presented with a key to the city for his continued community involvement in his hometown. “The NBA is great, having my name on that jersey is a dream, but that’s gonna stop one day. To be able to come home again … words can’t express it.”

Sessions, who helped lead the Seahawks to the Class 3A state championship a decade ago, was able to mix and mingle with old friends, family and teachers – just about everyone who knew him before he was an NBA star. But there was one special person he still misses – late former MBHS coach Buddy Rogers.

“When me and my cousin (Akeem Hemingway) were walking in, there were just so many memories coming back,” said Sessions, whose banner was unveiled on the gymnasium wall beside his former coach’s. “I just wish Buddy was here to see it. That’s my guy and always will be my guy.”

Sessions credits Rogers for helping him reach the level where he is today. His seven-year NBA career has taken a bit of a turn over the past week after taking over the starting job for injured teammate Kemba Walker.

Sessions scored a season-high 23 points in his first start Monday, and had a highlight-reel dunk over LeBron James on Saturday. Of course, true to Sessions’ game, he just wants to play his role and help his team win.

“He’s the greatest player in the game, there’s no question about it,” Sessions said of James. “That’s something you can show your kids 30 years from now. Everybody knows who LeBron is.

“We’re fighting for a playoff spot. This season has been great, we’ve got a great coaching staff and a great group of guys. We’re real excited about the second half of the season.”

Photo by Rancier Photography

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