Wallace CC adds cage recruits

Published 11:29 pm Friday, June 12, 2009

When Ronald Lane took over the Wallace Community College basketball program last year, he didn’t have a chance to recruit. So he started the season without a true point guard.

He’s making up for lost time this year, adding two more guard-forward candidates to the Patriots’ list of signees.

Fentress Lockett of Tuscaloosa County in Northport and Kendarius Goodwill of Linden became the latest Wallace signees, bringing to eight the number of Patriot recruits.

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Lockett, 6-foot-7, 222, averaged 17 points and six rebounds for the Wildcats at guard/forward. He said Tuscaloosa County played a fast-paced offense.

“We had a running offense and we played man-to-man defense,” he said.

Goodwill (6-3, 180) was an honorable mention on the 1A All-State team, averaging 22 points and six rebounds a game.

Lane said both players had the potential to make an impact for the Patriots.

“The sky’s the limit for both of these guys,” he said. “They are very talented.”

He said he was also impressed with each player’s dedication.

“These players have hounded me to get in the gym because they are motivated and have the desire,” Lane said. “They are dedicated in the classroom as well as in the gym.”

Both players said they believe playing at Wallace will prepare them for the next level.

“I think it will help me look at Division I teams and go on to bigger things,” Lockett said.

Goodwill said, “I think Wallace is a great place to build my game before going up to Division I.”

Other Wallace signees include forward Erik Chavers and forward-guard Daniel Adams, both of Midfield, near Birmingham; point guard Charles Knight of St. Jude-Montgomery; guard-forward Adam Middleton of Fairburn, Ga., near Atlanta; and Wilcox Central’s LaVaughan Nicholson and Deidrick Irby.

The Wallace men finished 13-20 last season and won their opening game in the ACCC playoffs.