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Signees with the Wallace Community College-Selma women’s basketball team gather with family, friends and coaches in the Wallace gym during the college’s signing day on Monday. Wallace committed 27 total athletes for men’s and women’s basketball, and volleyball. -- Robert Hudson
Signees with the Wallace Community College-Selma women’s basketball team gather with family, friends and coaches in the Wallace gym during the college’s signing day on Monday. Wallace committed 27 total athletes for men’s and women’s basketball, and volleyball. -- Robert Hudson

Wallace introduces 27 athletes in 2013 signing class

Published 10:27pm Monday, April 8, 2013

Wallace Community College-Selma introduced its newest group of Patriots on Monday.

Wallace introduced its 2013 signing classes for men’s and women’s basketball, and volleyball Monday, with 27 total committing to an athletic future with the Patriots.

Among those 27 athletes were four from within Dallas County, including Selma High School’s Kendra McCovery, Keith High School’s Lyteisha Phillips, and Dallas County High School’s De’Undria Boggs, who all committed to play basketball for Wallace.

Dallas County High School’s Chad Martin committed to play basketball for Wallace.

Foster Davis, head men’s basketball coach of Wallace Community College-Selma, said this class was all about getting taller coming off a 20-11 finish, as four of the five commits are 6’4 or taller.

“We addressed size. Last year, we did a real good job with the boys that we had, but most times we were a little small,” Davis said, “so we brought in everybody that we wanted to bring in except one point guard got away — we were after a 6’2 point guard that decided to go to Gadsden State. But otherwise, we brought in everyone that we wanted to and addressed everything that we needed to.”

Other men’s basketball commitments for the Patriots included Marquis Sams of Carver-Montgomery, Byron Deramus of McAdory, Darryl Hunt of Blount High School, Darryl Lynch of Vigor, Travon Patterson of Barbour County, Enterprise State transfer Courtney Compass, and Tyrell Garrett and Lagaryius Bradley of Childersburg High School.

April Harper, head women’s basketball and volleyball coach, said she wanted to focus on post play with this year’s women’s basketball class.

“This year, again, we’ve recruited a great group of girls and they’re from as far as Elba, Ala., Fort Deposit — they’re from all over. And these girls also specialize in specific areas,” Harper said. “We were weak in the post last year, so we’re hoping to improve our post play, more aggressive shooting guards, and we’re hoping that’s going to help us in our upcoming season to be just a more balanced team.”

Other women’s basketball signings include Marqueisha Howard of R.C. Hatch, Shakirra Thomas of Tuscaloosa Co., Valenica McCain of Akron, Kenya Russell of Center Point-Birmingham, Jasmine Means of Calhoun, Alondria Sams of Elba, and Mareshia Bailey of Maplesville.

Volleyball signings included Chyna Mose of Blount High School, Aspin Sanders of Zion Chapel, Allison Mims and Elizabeth Compton of Isabella, Jada Everett of Warner Robins High School (Ga.), Coutnee Golphin of Northside High School (Ga.), and Summer Reese and Destiny Green of Dadeville High School.

Harper said the volleyball class is filled with players who specialize in a specific task.

“Overall, we have a great group of girls from all over as far as Georgia, Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and a lot of them were recruited to do specific things,” Harper said. “They specialize, whether it’s outside hitter, middle hitter, defensive specialist. That was our weakness last year, so I’m recruiting girls who have a specific expertise and I’m hoping, with that experience and that background, that’s going to help us in our upcoming season.”

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