SCOOBA – Three members of East Mississippi Community College’s preseason 11th-ranked men’s basketball team signed National Letters of Intent with four-year universities during the NCAA’s week-long early signing period that ended Wednesday.
Moving onto the next level upon the conclusion of the current academic year for head coach Mark White’s unbeaten EMCC Lions will be former Starkville High School standout Jacolby Mobley (Chattanooga), West Bolivar High School product Mack Foster (Louisiana-Monroe), and Wayne County’s Avery Woodson (Memphis).
“We’re very happy to see that Jacolby, Mack and Avery all have the opportunity to move onto great schools,” EMCC’s White noted. “It’s great from the standpoint that we always want the best for all of our kids. For them to come in here and put in all of the hard work that they do, and to see all of that hard work pay off and give them opportunities to move up to the next level is extremely rewarding.”
A former three-year starter for the Starkville Yellow Jackets, Mobley was EMCC’s second-leading scorer (13.6 ppg) a year ago as a freshman in helping lead the 20-8 Lions to the NJCAA National Tournament for the fourth consecutive year.
Foster, who will follow in the footsteps of former EMCC and West Bolivar teammate Millaun Brown at ULM, averaged 7.4 points and 3.0 rebounds per game for the four-time reigning NJCAA Region 23 Champion Lions last season as a collegiate rookie.
Woodson transferred to East Mississippi after originally inking with Southeastern Louisiana University prior to his senior season at Wayne County High School. He was chosen to the 2011-12 Jackson Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen preseason all-state team.
As the lone Division I men’s basketball program nationally to have competed in the NJCAA National Tournament each of the last four seasons, East Mississippi Community College presently has 11 former men’s basketball players competing at the university level. Within the state of Mississippi, EMCC has Colin Borchert playing at Mississippi State, Trey Brown at Alcorn State, Deon Bedford and Curtis Hall teamed together at Belhaven, along with Lakin Ford at Mississippi College.
Out of state, East Mississippi is currently represented regionally at the next level by Millaun Brown at Louisiana-Monroe, Earnest Hunter at Jacksonville State in Alabama, as well as by the tandem of Tradarrius McPhearson and Micah Walker at the University of New Orleans. In addition, former NJCAA All-Americans D.J. Evans and Jarekious Bradley currently showcase their talents at the University at Albany (N.Y.) and Southeast Missouri, respectively.