By Adam Gore/LetsGoICC.com
FULTON – Itawamba Community College basketball coaches Nanci Gray and Grant Pate announced the signing of Forest Hill Lady Patriot Latoya Collins and West Point Green Wave Daryl Thomas on Monday.
Collins was named the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A state championship game MVP after scoring a game-high 26 points along with grabbing five rebounds and three steals in Forest Hill’s 62-60 victory over Hattiesburg in March.
“It feels good,” said Collins. “I’m very happy to be part of the team and excited to get the season started. ICC is a great fit for me because I feel like I can focus on what I want to with my life both on and off the court.”
Collins averaged 12.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game as a senior and was a first team selection on the Clarion Ledger’s All-Metro team. She is the third MHSAA state champion to sign with the Lady Indians this season joining Meisha Gillom of the Class 5A state champion Oxford Lady Chargers and Leslie Robinson of the Class 3A state champion Belmont Lady Cardinals.
“This is a super day for us and we are so excited to have Latoya be part of our program,” said Gray. “On the court, she is a tenacious defender and a great scorer, but not only is she a great basketball player, she is a great person.”
Thomas averaged 12.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game for Coach Brad Cox and the West Point Green Wave during his senior campaign.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to play college ball at a place like ICC,” said Thomas. “I’m going to work on improving my shot and ball handling ability over the summer and hopefully help make an impact on the team this season.”
The 6’2 shooting guard scored 20 points in a November loss to Pate’s Tupelo High School basketball program and later scored a season-high 21 points in a December loss against Tupelo. He scored in double figures in 12 games last season.
“Darly is a good shooter and even better defender,” said Pate. “He is a well-coached player and has had some outstanding games against some of the state’s toughest competition last season. We are excited to have a player like Darly joining our program.”
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