High School Players Sign College Scholarships
National Signing Day is the biggest day of the year for prep sports and more than 20 athletes in Chatham County signed letters of intent to universities.
Here’s a roundup of signings at the seven area schools that took place on February 7:
Jenkins had an afternoon ceremony that saw seven Warriors make their commitments official. Mike Finocchario Award winner Javonte Middleton signed with The Citadel while Tyrone Scott signed with Central Michigan. Treshawn Douse will attend Bethel and Amen Steven will go to Lenoir Rhyne. Rounding out the HVJ signees were Kareem Bailey, Fred Stringer and Aaron Mike who all signed with Middle Georgia State.
Five Savannah High players put pen to paper with Treisean Palmer signing with Allen, who is re-starting their program after a 15-year hiatus. Malik Nesbit, Michael Love, Javon Chambers and Anthony Williams will all stay together to attend Avila, a NAIA program, which is located in Kansas City, Missouri. Quarterback Dezmond Brinson signed his scholarship papers in late January to attend Cornell.
During a morning ceremony at Beach High, four Bulldogs signed scholarships. Kawan Williams (Western Kentucky), Ben Brewton (Tennessee Chattanooga) and Judah Tyson (Lincoln) all will be leaving the state while Ralph Lovett will be traveling to southwest Georgia to play for the Golden Rams of Albany State.
Benedictine also had four players to sign.Travis Blackshear and Jonah Griffin will remain teammates at Furman while Nick Iannone will attend Georgia State and Terrick Smalls will head to Charlotte.
New Hampstead, Calvary Day and Savannah Christian each had one player to sign on the dotted line.
Jaelean Flowers will take his 6-foot-4 and 309-pound frame from New Hampstead to Glenville State in West Virginia. Calvary’s Taequan Washington will attend Charleston Southern while Eric Davidson of Savannah Christian will head north to play for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
Tigers on Winning Streak
The Savannah State men’s basketball team is currently on a eight game winning streak and sit atop the MEAC standings with a 9-1 conference record..
The Tigers lost a road game at Morgan State by the score of 89-88 on January 8 but have not lost since. In the loss to Morgan State, freshman Ralueke Orizu had 19 points and Alante Fenner had 10 rebounds. During a four-game homestand,
SSU downed Maryland Eastern Shore (87-59) on Jan. 13, Howard (91-90) on Jan. 15, Hampton (103- 101) on Jan. 20 and Norfolk State (104-99 overtime) on Jan. 22. Javaris Jenkins had 17 points and Fenner had 11 rebounds against UMES, Fenner had 27 points and 10 rebounds against Howard, Dexter McClanahan had 25 points and Jenkins had 10 rebounds against Hampton, and McClanahan had 37 points and eight rebounds against Norfolk State.
The Tigers then posted road wins at Delaware State (106-86) on Jan. 27 and Florida A&M (107- 100) on Jan. 31. Austin Dasent scored 21 points and had five rebounds against Delaware State and Fenner had 27 points and Jenkins grabbed 10 rebounds at FAMU.
Savannah State returned home to defeat South Carolina State (111-99) on February 3 and Morgan State (97-94 overtime) on Feb. 10. McClanahan had 23 points and 10 rebounds against SC State while Fenner had 46 points and seven rebounds against Morgan State.
SSU Women Hurt by Injuries, Youth
The Savannah State women’s basketball team is struggling this season, with a 4-18 record. Once again injuries have hit a lineup that was already filled with youth and inexperience.
SSU lost a road games at Morgan State (73- 67) and home games against Maryland-Eastern Shore (68-56), Howard (87-59), Hampton (81-53) and Norfolk State (78-58). The Lady Tigers fell at Delaware State (93-79) before winning their first conference game of the year at FAMU (65-47). South Carolina State beat Savannah State 71-60 but the Lady Tigers bounced back to beat Allen 79-41 on February 5 in their final non-conference game of the year. Morgan State beat SSU 70-41 Tiger Arena on Feb. 10.
Despite the mounting losses, SSU has been able to depend on Kaylee Allen and Alexxus Sowell. Allen, a junior transfer from Cincinnati, Ohio is averaging 16.5 points and six rebounds a game while Sowell, a 6-foot-3 freshman from Lancaster, South Carolina is averaging 7.9 rebounds, 4.4 points and 2.4 blocks a game.
Kirkland, Wilson Play In Spirit Bowl
Savannah native Derek Kirkland and Andre Wilson both played in the HBCU Spirit of America Bowl on January 14 in Roanoke, Virginia at Salem Stadium. Kirkland and Wilson, who both played at Calvary Day School, were members of the Pride team. Kirkland, who played wide receiver at Savannah State, did not have a catch in the contest while Wilson, who played on the defensive line at Alabama State, had one tackle.