Cedric Janes, a 6-6, 220-pound power forward, crossed over from being a Dyer County Choctaw to a Northeast Tiger when he inked in front of his family at Dyer County High School on Wednesday morning.
When I say family, I mean family, as Janes had approximately 12 or more relatives, along with some faculty and staff, in the signing room where he proudly paused for some photos and was all smiles when the flashes began to pop.
“Janes’ family has a tradition of good ball players,” explained assistant coach Maurice Stafford. “His uncle was an All American at Dyersberg State Community College, before joining into the United States Navy, and his mother was a standout player at Jackson State for legendary Head Coach Marvin Williams.”
Janes plans on leaving his on mark and becoming a legend of his on by bringing his 13 points and nine rebounds per game to the table for the Tigers next season.
“This was a great day and I was proud that Cedric chose Northeast to continue his education and athletic aspirations,” said Robbins. “This kid can really play and we look forward to seeing him perform at the next level.”
Performing is what Janes does best. Janes was selected to the 13-AAA All-District team, All-District Tournament Team, TSWA All-State Team, and he was the Region VII Tournament Most Valuable Player award winner during his senior campaign. He also helped his head coach James McCord win the 13-AAA District and Regional Titles in 2010.
“Cedric is a terrific kid and he is well liked in this community,” McCord said. “He was one of the main reasons we finished 32-3 in 2009 and then we followed that up his senior year by going 28-4 and we could not have done that without Cedric. I think he will be a great fit at Northeast.”