Thursday, August 11, 2011
Warren signs scholarship
By BARRY BURLESON
Courtney Warren started playing basketball in the third grade. This weekend he leaves for Alabama Southern Community College six hours away to continue to play the sport he loves.
“It’s a dream come true,” said the recent Byhalia High School graduate. “It’s what I’ve worked for; what I’ve always wanted to do – get a free education and play basketball.”
Warren, in his senior season for the Indians, averaged 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists per game.
“He’s a very energized, team player,” said Donald Bryant, who coached him in 2010-11. “He played with a lot of emotion, and has outstanding skills. He is going to be able to contribute at the next level.”
Kenyatta Jones, who signed with Northwest Community College, was the team’s leading scorer but it was Warren, at 6’2” and 220 pounds, who won the three-point shooting competition three years in a row at BHS.
“He’s a pure shooter with nice range,” Coach Bryant said about Warren. “He lets the game come to him.”
Warren said the scholarship happened because of Coach Bryant’s connections, and for that, he is thankful.
“I talked to the coach (Ben Hicks) at Alabama Southern and then went down there for a workout,” Warren said. “And he decided to offer me a scholarship.”
Warren attended Galena School through the eighth grade and then shifted to Byhalia starting in his ninth grade year.
He is the son of Edward Warren and Joyce Blackmon.
Alabama Southern Community College is located in Monroeville.
“It’s a great opportunity for Courtney,” Coach Bryant said. “I know he will do well.”
Warren hopes to keep playing college basketball after leaving Alabama Southern.
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