ICC, NORTHEAST PICK UP AREA BASKETBALL SIGNEES
By Todd Vinyard
Community college basketball coaches were hoping they had found a few good men and women Tuesday as the signing period continued.
All four area teams reported signees, of which several had a local flavor.
Nettleton's Reggie Sharp will now be an Itawamba Indian. Sharp averaged 24 points per game, 7 assists and 8 rebounds last year, and was named to the Mississippi All-Star roster. He is the brother of the Lady Indians leading scorer Tameka Sharp.
ICC coach Wayne Newsom was also pleased to pick up some post help. He will be losing Ricardo Curry and Montero Evans off last year's squad.
"This was the first time in a long time I can remember a 6-foot-6 player in our district, much less two," Newsom said.
Those 6-6 players are Brian Childs of Amory, who averaged 17 ppg for the Panthers, and Jay Bowens of Okolona, who scored 12 ppg to go with 10 rebounds and 3 blocks per game.
Also signing with ICC's men was Julian Anderson of Baldwyn, a 6-5 forward. Anderson averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds per contest last season.
Northeast's men have five signees so far. Isaiah Simmons, a 6-1 guard from Falkner who was a two-year all-division and All-Tippah County selection, heads the list.
Others include: Shamain Rucker (6-1) of Ripley, who scored 1,767 points in a three-year career; Michael Smith (5-10) of New Site, who averaged 23 points last year; Joseph Marshall (5-10) of Baldwyn, a three-time All-Division 1-2A performer; and Jason Harris (6-0) of Alcorn Central, am All-Division 1-4A team member.
Ricky Ford's Northeast Lady Tigers have five signees so far. Mitzi Deaton (5-8) of East Union averaged 15 points per game; April Pate (5-8) of New Site made All-Division 1-1A; Sophia Farr of Wheeler averaged 23.2 points per game; Romona Thompson (5-10) of Martin Westview High School in Martin, Tenn., was a Most Valuable Player of the Class AA State Tournament.
Thompson's teammate, Krystal Alexander (5-8), averaged 15 points per game for Martin Westview High School, which finished 35-1 and won the Tennessee Class AA state title.
"I am pleased with our overall class so far," Ford said.
ICC's Lady Indians have signed Aquanda Stanfield of Houston, who averaged 18 points per game last season; Phebe Roberson of Pontotoc, who averaged 12 p.p.g.; Jamie Stevenson of Hatley and Nancy Hooks of Shannon.