By Adam Armour/The Itawamba County Times
FULTON – Itawamba Community College men’s basketball coach Marty Cooper announced four players have signed to take their talents to the next level next season.
Melvin Morgan (Memphis, TN) signed with D1 Idaho State, a member of the Big Sky Conference, after averaging 15.9 points, 4 assist, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals per game while shooting 73-percent from the free throw line and 47-percent from the floor.
“He was our leader at the point guard position and our leading scorer for the past two years,” said Cooper. “He’s a great kid that can really shoot the ball and will probably step in and be a starter right away.”
Wendell Williams (Baxley, GA) signed to continue his basketball career with the Choctaws of Mississippi College. He averaged 9.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 2 steals per game while finishing amongst the nation’s leaders in free-throw percentage connecting on 88.6-percent on the season.
“Wendell is a really tough defender,” said Cooper. “He made some big shots for us during tournament time and is a kid that just brings the energy to the gym every day.”
Sophomore forward Sam Ford (Jackson, MS) and freshman forward Marko Zjacic (Sibenik, Croatia) signed with Embry-Riddle College in Florida.
“Sam was a hard-luck guy,” said Cooper. “He separated his shoulder during his freshman season and was battling high blood pressure this past season, but really down the stretch this year when we won 10 out of 12 he really started playing the way we knew he could play.”
“Marko brought a lot of different aspects of the game to the team last season,” Cooper said. “He had a quick first step and really surprised a lot of people with his leaping ability. He will be able to go down to Florida and contribute right away.”
Six players from last year’s squad that advanced to the NJCAA Region 23 semifinals have now signed to continue their basketball careers after ICC.
For more information on ICC basketball and the eight other intercollegiate athletic programs visit the college website at www.iccms.edu.