NEMCC men’s basketball signs five standouts

Northeast Mississippi Community College men’s basketball coach David Robbins signed a quintet of high school basketball standouts on the first day that high schoolers could sign on Wednesday, April 8. Robbins’ signings including Emmanuel Ezejiofo (Hillcrest Christian), Tyrie Berry (Ripley), LaBrandon Scruggs (Corinth), Tyler Pritchard (Tishomingo County) and Cody Garrett (Alcorn Central). Together the five standouts averaged 99 points per game collectively during their final high school seasons. Ezejiofo, a standout from Hillcrest Christian in Jackson, averaged 20 points per game to go along with nine rebounds, two assists and one block per contest for the Cougars. Robbins capped his opening day signings with four roundball athletes from Northeast’s five-county area. Northeast’s five-county area includes the counties of Alcorn, Prentiss, Tishomingo, Tippah and Union. Ripley’s Berry stayed a black and gold Tiger with his move from the Tippah County school to Northeast after averaging a double-double his senior season. Berry finished with 14 points per game and 14 rebounds to game for the Ripley Tigers during the 2008-09 year. Corinth’s Scruggs was recently named the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal’s Player of the Year after leading the Warriors to the Class 3A State Tournament. Scruggs also finished his senior campaign with a double-double average. The Corinth High School senior pulled down 12 boards per game in addition to a 22-point effort each game. Scruggs, who hit 63-percent of his field goal attempts, also average a pair of blocks each night out. Tishomingo County’s Pritchard averaged 25 points per game for the Braves in his final season to go along with three rebounds per contest. The TCHS speedster also dealt out six assists per game and three steals per contest during the 2008-09 season. Alcorn Central’s Garrett became a three-point specialist for the Golden Bears hitting 90 three-pointers during the season. Garrett averaged 18 points per game to go along with eight rebounds and three steals during his final season for the Golden Bears.

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