Thursday, April 17, 2008
Tate signs with Northeast
Northeast Mississippi Community College head men’s basketball coach David Robbins opened his 2008 signing class in fine fashion, signing four local standouts to letters of intent to play for NEMCC beginning in the fall of the year.
Nick Tate (Marshall Academy), Grant Goolsby (Myrtle), Bruce Jacobs (Horn Lake) and Spence Wicks (Booneville) all inked with Northeast at a signing party held at Myrtle Attendance Center on Tuesday, April 8.
“We signed some outstanding young men today,” Robbins said. “All of these kids are tough, intense, and talented basketball players. They’re also fine students, great kids. This group is going to have a lot of fun together at Northeast.”
Tate had a spectacular senior season at Marshall Academy in Holly Springs. The guard averaged 20.1 points per contest. Combined with 4.0 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per contest, Tate’s numbers were good enough to earn him MPSA All-Star, and District-1 AA MVP honors.
Goolsby led the Myrtle Hawks to the 1A state title game and a 31-6 record as a senior by averaging 12.7 points, 5.5 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game. In 2008, the point guard shot 85 percent from the free throw line. Following his senior campaign, Goolsby was named All-County, All-Hill Country Conference, All-Division, All-State Tournament Team, and All-State Honorable Mention by the Jackson Clarion Ledger.
Jacobs was a star at Horn Lake H.S. on and off the court. As a 6’5 shooting guard for HLHS, Jacobs averaged 14 points, 5.08 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per contest during his senior season. In the classroom, Jacobs has recently been named a Who’s Who All-American Scholar, as well as being named Mr. Horn Lake by his peers.
Wicks led the Booneville Blue Devils in both scoring and rebounding. The 6’5 post player averaged 17.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest. Weeks’ 60.4 percent shooting clip from the field led BHS in 2008, and his free throw percentage of 58.3 percent was fifth best among teammates that appeared in 30 games or more. The athletic big-man averaged 1.5 steals and 1.0 block per contest.
Sexton transfers to NEMCC
Coach Robbins also announced that former West Union High School star John Sexton will transfer to NEMCC and will play for the Tigers during the 2008-09 season.
Sexton played this past season at the College of William & Mary (Va.) as a true freshman.
“We’re thrilled that John is going to be a Tiger next season,” said Robbins. “Basketball fans in North Mississippi know John because of all he was able to accomplish in high school, and in our offense, he’ll be able to excel at this level as well.”
Sexton finished his high school career with 2,969 points. As a senior at West Union H.S. the 6’3 guard averaged a triple-double with 32.7 points, 12 rebounds, and 11.1 assists per game to go along with four steals per contest. As a junior in 2005-06, Sexton was named the NE Mississippi Daily Journal Player of the Year.
While playing for his stepfather, David Baldwin, at West Union, Sexton had nine games of over 40 points in two seasons, including a career-high 50 points against South Pontotoc on December 15, 2006. John was named a pre-season Clarion Ledger Mississippi Dandy Dozen selection prior to his senior season, and later set a North Mississippi All-Star Game scoring record with 38 points.
Sexton, who graduated third in his class at West Union, will have one year of eligibility at NEMCC under head coach David Robbins.
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