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Crisp Earns Basketball Honor

East Georgia State College sophomore Preston Crisp has been named to the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) Division I All-Region squad for his performances on the court during the 2020-21 season.

The 6-foot-5 guard from Savannah was named to the GCAA second team.

A graduate of Woodville-Tompkins High School, Crisp played in 21 games this season and averaged 15.7 points a game while making 48.5 percent of his shots from the field. He made 43 percent of his 3-point attempts while grabbing five rebounds per game and dishing out 1.3 assist per night.

Crisp scored a career high 27 points against Georgia Highlands on March 16. In that game he made nine of 17 shots from the field and connected on seven of 14 attempts from beyond the arc. On January 26 against Franklin Prep, Crisp had a career-highs in rebounds (10) and steals (4) along with a season-high three assists. He matched the ten rebounds on February 25 against Southern Crescent Tech.

Preston Crisp
Preston Crisp

SC State Hires Basketball Coach

Tony Madlock has been hired as the new South Carolina State head men’s basketball coach.

Madlock has spent 25 years as an assistant coach, including the past three seasons at Memphis under head coach and college teammate Penny Hardaway.

Before that, Madlock was at Mississippi as an assistant for three seasons and then served as interim head coach in 2017-18.

Prior to his tenure at Ole Miss, Madlock spent four seasons as an assistant at Auburn and four seasons as an assistant at Texas-El Paso. He was an assistant for nine seasons at Arkansas State, where he spent six of his nine years as the assistant head coach.

An All-American honorable mention and First Team All-State point guard, Madlock began his coaching career as an assistant coach and teacher at his alma mater, Melrose High School in Memphis. The Golden Wildcats posted a 67-29 mark over the three seasons with Madlock on the staff, and Melrose was the 1997 state tournament runner-up with a 32-7 record.


The 51-year old Memphis, Tenn., native earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from then-Memphis State in 1991 in 3.5 years. A four-year letterman and three-year starter for Memphis from 1988-92, Madlock was a member of four postseason tournament teams for the Tigers, reaching the NCAA Tournament and NIT two times each.

Madlock takes over for Murray Garvin, whose contract was not renewed after eight-plus seasons. The Bulldogs went 1-17 this past season.

Savannah State Track Runs at Gamecock Invitational

The Savannah State University track team closed out their 2021 outdoor season by participating in the Gamecock Invitational on April 10 which was hosted by the University of South Carolina at Sheila and Morris Creggar Track.

For the SSU women, Da’Aliyah Johnson finished ninth in the triple jump and Sadrea Mabrey was ninth in the long jump. Johnson finished 18th in the long jump. In the 1500m race, Kayla Chance was 10 and in the high jump, Toni Pellington was 11th and Jahvene Walder was 13th.

Da’Aliyah Johnson
Da’Aliyah Johnson

The Savannah State men’s 4x100m relay team of Anthony Johnson, Joseph Bell, Jordan Davis and Tracy White placed seventh in their event. Andre Valcin finished 11th in the 400m race and Darryl Waltz was 15th in the 110m hurdles. In the long jump, Solomon Mitchell was 17th while Bell claimed 18th in the 200m race.

In addition to SSU and USC, other participating teams included Alabama A&M, Benedict College, Claflin, Coastal Carolina, Coker College, College of Charleston, Columbia College, East Carolina, Edward Waters College, Emmanuel College, Erskine College, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Limestone, Marshall, Mercer, Montreat, North Greenville, Ohio, South Carolina State, Southern Wesleyan, The Citadel, Charlotte, & North Florida.

Anthony Johnson
Anthony Johnson

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