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Aidan Waters, right, shoots the ball over two defenders during a game.


Points pile up when you average 28 of them each time you take the court.

At least that's what Greenwood Christian senior Aidan Waters discovered when he scored his 1,000th career point last month against Spartanburg Day.

A fixture in the Hawks' starting five since he was a freshman, Waters averaged 13 rebounds this season to go with his 28 points per game.

He led the Hawks with 11 points against Spartanburg Day, but his performance was eclipsed by Zion Williamson, who scored 45 points in the Griffins' 87-15 win.

"It was crazy because we knew he was going to get his 1,000th point when we played Spartanburg Day," Greenwood Christian boys basketball coach Josh Chiles said. "We were happy that he got his 1,000th point, of course, but it was just a rough night to get it on because of the team he was playing against."

But scoring most of Greenwood Christian's points was a common occurrence for the 6-foot-4, 170-pound guard this year. The Hawks lost five seniors to graduation, including captains Caleb Hinzman and A.J. Turman, which left Waters to shoulder the load.

"I felt like if I wasn’t on or if I wasn’t having a good game, we were going to get killed," Waters said. "That’s pretty much how it ended up."

Even in games when Waters ventured past the 30-point mark, Greenwood Christian found itself trailing. Waters scored 30 or more points six times this year, but the Hawks won only two of those games.

In a 79-58 loss to Ware Shoals, Waters scored 40 of the team's points. Only one other player on the team, Jack Alvarez, had more than one field goal. Taking away Waters' 16 field goals that night, the Hawks shot 5 of 30 from the field.

But Waters said being the player his team looks to for leadership is one of the reasons he chose to continue playing for Greenwood Christian.

"I love it," he said. "I mean, I strive for that. There’s nothing better than having to put the weight on your shoulders and kind of prove to people what kind of player you are."

Waters is currently going through the process of working out for college coaches, though he hopes to land on a roster for next year's season.

Chiles thinks Waters is a natural scorer who has the ability to play at the next level.

"People talk about, ‘Where do you got to school?’ and the competition, and yes that does factor in. But when you can score it, you can just score it.

"When you’re scoring 40 points here or 30 points there, it doesn’t matter if you’re scoring against middle school kids. It takes a lot to score."

Contact staff writer David Roberts at 864-943-2530 or follow on Twitter @IJDavidRoberts