Forwards have East Rockingham Eagles flying high

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ELKTON, Va. -- The East Rockingham boys basketball team is off to an 11-0 start in Shenandoah District play behind the performance of forwards Dalton Jefferson and Tyler Nickel.

The two forwards, along with a roster full of talented teammates, have East Rockingham at 13-1 overall and alone atop the district standings with a commanding lead.

"We knew we were going to be good," said Jefferson. "It was just how good were we going to be."

Jefferson and Nickel are both listed at 6'6" but are at different points in their high school career. Jefferson is a senior in his final prep season while Nickel, a freshman, is just getting started.

"Both of them are so versatile," said East Rockingham head coach Carey Keyes. "We can post either one of them up and they can play well in the post but they are two of our better shooters."

Nickel is among the top players in the Shenandoah Valley and is considered to be a potential Division I recruit. The freshman credits his senior teammate for helping with his development on the court.

"I love Dalton," said Nickel. "That's like my big brother. I have learned so much from him this year....He's taught me a lot of emotional things about the game as well."

Jefferson, meanwhile, is also talented enough to play in college. But he is focused on his final high school season and leading the Eagles on a deep postseason run.

"It's just a blast man," said Jefferson. "I love this sport and I love my brothers."

East Rockingham plays at Stuarts Draft Friday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.