VINCENT - When it comes to the basketball court, there aren't many things junior Evan French hasn't accomplished.
From dropping 40 points on Chillicothe to being named Special Mention All-Ohio as a sophomore, the Warren standout has a very impressive resume.
Later this month, French will be adding to that list, as he was selected to play ball in Las Vegas, NV.
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Warren's Evan French (25) goes up for two of his 25 points during a boys' basketball game at Gallia Academy last winter. Warren won 86-44.
Varsity players are selected by their coach at the beginning of team camps. These players are then evaluated throughout the week during competition with other teams and all-star try outs. After the final try out, the varsity coaches meet and select the players they believe are most deserving to participate on the all-star team.
"I'm really excited for him," said Warren head coach Blane Maddox. "He had a great camp. He shot lights out. I'm glad to see it."
French, a 6-foot-4 guard, was one of the few selected, and thinks the experience will be very beneficial.
"Definitely, I think it will benefit me," French said. "It will help me get into a groove, and should give me a better edge."
Being so far from home and playing with such highly talented players might be intimidating for some, but French is more worried about getting there.
"This will be my first time on a plane," French said. "I'm kind of nervous about that."
French helped lead his high school team to the district semi-finals last season, and has had a very busy summer, as he just won MVP at Keystone Camp in Edinboro, PA.
The All-SEOAL selection credited his coach for helping him get noticed.
"He's (Maddox) really helped me out a lot," French said. "He's gotten my name out there, and recommended me to people. He has helped me apply myself."
Maddox, entering his 14th season with the Warriors, said French is a special player and is worthy of recognition.
"In southeastern Ohio, it's hard to get noticed," Maddox said. "But he deserves it. He's worked really hard. He can play in college, he just needs to get a fair shot."
Maddox also believes the experience will help French as he prepares for the upcoming season.
"The experience will help him gain confidence, and keep him motivated," Maddox said. "It won't hurt him, it can only help him. Any exposure is great."
French will be teaming up with seniors' Danny Pannell, Evan Yabs, and Matt Drayer, as well as fellow junior Reece Patton to try to top the performance from last year.
Until then, French will be living it up in Sin City, where he made his goals very clear.
"I'm just going to ball."