Last year the Cougars of High Point Christian Academy battled through an up and down season,
the group showed big promise but also suffered some growing pains.
HPCA will face the tall task of replacing seven seniors but we now know reinforcements are on
the way, in the form of 6'1 2021 point guard KJ Garrett and 6'7 2020 forward Zach Shumate.
Both hoopers announced this week via twitter they planned on joining the Cougars program.
This is big news for the storied program and Coach Joseph Cooper expects big things from his
'Both KJ and Zach are big additions. I expect them to make immediate contributions. Kj with his
lightening quick first step, ability to create, gym rat habits, and constant desire to compete make
the rising 10th grader one to watch. Zach, is the rugged tough guy rebounder who can also step
out and knock down shots. Coach Cooper said.
Garrett joins the Cougars from Caldwell Academy and his name has been trending early this
spring with Team Felton on the travel circuit. Garrett will come into a situation where he can fill
a major void at floor general for HPCA. Last season this group was piled with scorers but lacked
a true floor general to run the show. Garrett has the skills to slide into that playmaker role and
run this offense.
At 6'7 Shumate fills another void for HPCA his size and versatility could be crucial. Shumate is
a stretch four but as Coach Cooper referred to there are untapped skills here to evolve into much
more. Shumate will leave a loaded frontcourt at Westridge Academy, and join a situation where
he could develop into a featured part of this wide open Cougars offense.
'He will surprise people with how diverse his game is as it continues to develop. Look for his
recruitment to continue to soar as I've received calls already after his announcement last night.'
Coach Cooper said.
Last season HPCA (13-14, 2-4), was a lot better than their sub .500 record indicates, the Cougars
played arguably one of the toughest schedules in all of the Hoop State. HPCA also boasted two
major regular season wins one against eventual 3A NCISAA state champion Greensboro Day,
and the Cougars took a thriller over Cannon High School out of Charlotte led by 247 top 100
recruit Jairus Hamilton (Boston College commit).

Coach Cooper and his bunch upset a revamped Durham Academy squad in their first round
playoff matchup, but the next round national sensation Jalen Lecque and Christ School proved to
be too much.

The Skinny- Along with the two new additions HPCA brings back some solid pieces from last
season, Garrett will join 6'0 2020 combo guard Landon Sutton, and sharpshooter 6'2 2020 Jake
Ledbetter in what should be a formidable backcourt. They will be battled tested nightly,
defending 3A conference champs Wesleyan Christian will return a lot, along with GDS who will
look to reload as well.
HPCA will need a couple more reserves from last season to step up to truly push the Cougars to
the next level, or maybe there are more new faces on the horizon.