George Clooney pays fellow Augusta alum a visit

mfields@herald-leader.comJune 12, 2014 

Brent Bach, left, said fellow Augusta alumnus George Clooney has "an all right jump shot" but didn't test his one-on-one skills.

Brent Bach, Augusta's all-time leading scorer in basketball, spent part of Saturday afternoon shooting jumpers with another famous Augusta hoops alum: George Clooney.

Clooney was in Augusta for a family reunion and wandered over to the basketball court behind St. Augustine Catholic Church and school where Bach and some buddies were playing.

Clooney went to high school with Brent's parents — Mike and Laura Bach — so he knows the family. He chatted with Brent about Augusta knocking off Mason County in the district semifinals for the second year in a row. "He told me he was proud of me and everything we did for the school and the town we represented," Bach said.

Bach, who will play college basketball at Bellarmine, didn't challenge Clooney to a game of one-on-one, but he did get a chance to size up the movie star's game. "He's got an all right jump shot, and he's in shape," Bach said.

Clooney kidded Bach about which of them is Augusta's No. 1 basketball alum.

"He tells me he's still No. 1, and I'm not going to argue," Bach said with a laugh. "He's a really good guy."

Clooney, for the record, averaged six points his senior season 35 years ago, and Augusta went 1-26.

Bach averaged 31 points this season and led the Panthers to a 20-12 record.

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