Thursday, May 11, 2005

Nabors signs with MVSU

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

Mississippi Valley State University is gaining another Holly Springs Hawk.

Justin Nabors, a 6’6” high school senior, signed on Monday of last week with the Delta Devils, joining fellow Hawk, Kenny Dawkins.

“I’m excited about going to Mississippi Valley with Kenny,” Nabors said. “We plan to room together, and we want to be the show at Valley. It will be nice for the people of Holly Springs to come and see us play – just like old times.”

MVSU, a Division I school, is located in Itta Bena and competes in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

“They offered me a nice scholarship,” Nabors said, “and education-wise, it’s the place for me to go.”

Nabors, a forward/center, averaged 18 points and nine rebounds per game for Holly High last season. The Hawks won their second straight Class 3A state championship.

It was his first season as a starter.

“It was my biggest year,” Nabors said. “I had to make the step up. The two state championships were special; it was especially a thrill the first time.”

He said baseball was his first love growing up, and he wasn’t really interested in basketball until the ninth grade. He said he gives Holly Springs Head Coach Naylond Hayes “all the credit.”

“He’s the one who got me started,” Nabors said. “Coach Hayes really introduced the game to me, and from there on out, it became a hobby for me.”

Hayes said the thing he liked most about Nabors was his hustle.

“He did a great job for us this past year,” Hayes said. “He gave us a lot of hustle, and he was an aggressive player. Plus most of all, he’s a good person.”

He said Nabors will continue to develop his skills.

“He needs more experience, more playing time,” Hayes said. “He’s still learning the game. He has great potential. He’s still blossoming.”

Nabors is the son of Jesse and Elouise Nabors of Holly Springs.

“I’m very proud of him and his accomplishments,” said Elouise Nabors. “I’m just going to miss him; he’s my baby; he’s the only boy with three grown girls. I’m closer to him.”

She said being able to attend the same school as friend and teammate Dawkins helped make up her son’s mind.

Nabors has received several postseason honors following the Hawks’ 34-1 season.


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