Orr signs with Methodist


Midway basketball standout will be Monarch

By Michael Hardison - mhardison@s24477.p831.sites.pressdns.com



Greg Orr, Midway graduate and college-bound point guard, goes for an easy layup during his time with the Raiders.


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Greg Orr celebrates with his teammates earlier this year upon winning WRAL’s Extra Effort Award, given by Tom Suiter.


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Greg Orr is surrounded by his loved ones at Thursday’s signing. Pictured in front, from left, are his grandfather Emanuel Hedrangton, Orr and grandmother Maudrey Hedrangton. Pictured in back are: former Midway basketball coach Matthew Creech, Principal Monty Strickland, Maya Williams and Kamaya Hand (behind Orr), Orr’s mother Elizabeth Xavier, Robin Cooper and Athletic Director Beth Best.


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Greg Orr, a former standout point guard for the Midway Raiders, signed his letter of intent Thursday at the school, with his basketball career to continue at Methodist University.

“They were very friendly, but it’s the fact that they said they would help me not just in sports but in my academics as well,” said Orr, on why he chose to sign with Methodist.

It was as beautiful a day as anyone could have wished for as Orr, surrounded by his family, friends, coaches and people from the community, watched Orr make his college basketball dream come true.

”It’s a good feeling. They all helped me get to this point, so it’s really great to be able to do this in front of all of them,” remarked Orr.

Orr put up impressive numbers during his time at Midway, averaging 8.1 points per game to go along with 2.8 assists, 1.3 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 0.2 blocks. It wasn’t just his numbers that garnered him college attention, but his awards on and off the court as well. He was an All-County player and received the WRAL Extra Effort Award from Tom Suiter earlier this year.

Despite only being 5-foot-8, Orr was he able to be so successful as the Raiders point guard that he earned his collegiate spot.

“Really got to work at it, because there really isn’t any part of your game that you can’t work on and improve,” said Orr about his success despite not being the tallest player. “You just got to have it in your mind that you’re better than everybody.”

He also credited NBA star point guards with helping him improve at the position himself.

“I looked up to people like Nate Robinson, Steve Nash and Kyrie Irving to help me improve my game,” said Orr.

Orr’s isn’t just a standout athlete, but a student-athlete who already has a goal to major in sports management. He aspires to be a real estate professional.

Former Midway basketball coach Matthew Creech had plenty of positive things to say about the success of his former point guard.

“This is an exciting day for Greg, his family and the Midway athletic community,” said Creech. “In his four years at Midway, Greg represented his school with complete class. On the court, he was a true point guard, always making plays for his teammates to be successful. Off the court, Greg was dependable and trustworthy, commanding respect in the locker room and classroom alike.”

Creech said the Monarchs were adding an amazing young man and athlete to their program.

“All of these qualities make a school like Methodist very fortunate to be receiving his commitment to move forward in their program,” remarked Creech. “I join all of Raider Nation in wishing him the very best in this chapter in life.”

Greg Orr, Midway graduate and college-bound point guard, goes for an easy layup during his time with the Raiders.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_Greg_1.jpgGreg Orr, Midway graduate and college-bound point guard, goes for an easy layup during his time with the Raiders. File Photo|Sampson Independent

Greg Orr celebrates with his teammates earlier this year upon winning WRAL’s Extra Effort Award, given by Tom Suiter.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_Greg_3.jpgGreg Orr celebrates with his teammates earlier this year upon winning WRAL’s Extra Effort Award, given by Tom Suiter. File Photo|Sampson Independent

Greg Orr is surrounded by his loved ones at Thursday’s signing. Pictured in front, from left, are his grandfather Emanuel Hedrangton, Orr and grandmother Maudrey Hedrangton. Pictured in back are: former Midway basketball coach Matthew Creech, Principal Monty Strickland, Maya Williams and Kamaya Hand (behind Orr), Orr’s mother Elizabeth Xavier, Robin Cooper and Athletic Director Beth Best.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_Signing.jpgGreg Orr is surrounded by his loved ones at Thursday’s signing. Pictured in front, from left, are his grandfather Emanuel Hedrangton, Orr and grandmother Maudrey Hedrangton. Pictured in back are: former Midway basketball coach Matthew Creech, Principal Monty Strickland, Maya Williams and Kamaya Hand (behind Orr), Orr’s mother Elizabeth Xavier, Robin Cooper and Athletic Director Beth Best. File Photo|Sampson Independent
Midway basketball standout will be Monarch

By Michael Hardison

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