Former Woodville-Tompkins basketball star Preston Crisp took the road less traveled to reach his goal, signing two years ago to play college ball at East Georgia State in Swainsboro.
The 6-foot-5 guard is expected to rise through the ranks as he signs with South Carolina State in a ceremony scheduled for May 21.
âMy time in East Georgia has been a learning experience,â said Crisp. “My first year there was really tough – I was thrown into the fire. But it helped me become the player and the person I am today.”
Crisp, who was the Savannah Morning News Boys Basketball Player of the Year as a senior at Woodville in 2019, averaged 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists for East Georgia last season.
“My trainer, Travis Garrett, helped me develop my art. I got a lot stronger and put on weight (adding almost 25 pounds to reach 200) and became a more versatile player,” Crisp said.
Woodville coach Lenny Williams said Crisp has what it takes to be successful at the next level.
âIt shocked a lot of people when he signed with East Georgia, because some people look down on junior colleges,â Williams said. âBut it has helped Preston mature as a player and as a person. He’s more polite as a player, and I think he’s going to prove that a lot of people who didn’t sign him were wrong. a winner.”
Johnson’s Robinson signs with Miles College
At 6-foot-7 and 260 pounds, Jaheim Robinson looks like a player who enjoys hitting low on the basketball court.
The Atom Smasher is quite capable of this, but it also has the grip and movements of an open guard, with the ability to play around the perimeter.
Robinson, known as “Big Boogie,” signed on Wednesday to play with Miles College, a Division II program in Alabama that plays in SIAC, the same conference as Savannah State.
“He’s a calm kid until you get to know him and he opens up,” Johnson coach Chuck Campbell said. âOnce he accepted his role, he became a big contributor to the region’s tournament and playoffs. Boogie is a lowly giant. He moves like a two guards but comes towards you like a freight train. “
Robinson averaged 8.4 points per game and said Campbell was a big influence in his life.
âThe coach always pushes us to do our best,â said Robinson. “And he’s telling us we have to go to college to be good at life. He’s been tough on me but helped me get better. It’s a good feeling for me to sign today.”
Pair of Benedictine athletes sign
British Columbia soccer star AJ Bagnoli signed to play at Savannah College of Art and Design, and golfer Hughes Threlkeld signed to play North Georgia in campus ceremonies Wednesday.
Football coach Charles Moore said Bagnoli was key to a defense that allowed just 28 goals in 20 games as the Cadets advanced to the GHSA Class 4A quarter-finals.
âAJ is a very enthusiastic and hard worker,â said Moore. “He is very vocal and does a good job of keeping our defense organized. He has grown a lot in recent years and will be missed, but SCAD are emerging as a great goalie.”
Bagnoli said he hoped to specialize in graphic or architectural design and that his experience in British Columbia had shaped him well.
âI have learned to be a leader from the seniors I have on the team since I was a freshman,â Bagnoli said. “I tried to model what they did and I learned what it takes to become the team captain.”
Threlkeld won the Savannah High School Championship at Bacon Park in April, shooting a 2-over-par 73. The senior caddy is set to play in the Class 4A State Championship in Athens on Monday and Tuesday.
The strength of his game lies in his driving and iron game, and Threlkeld can’t wait to play to the next level at the University of North Georgia.
âI liked North Georgia because of the proximity to my home,â Threlkeld said. “And I really like Coach (Bryson) Worley. He’s very personable and makes the most of his players. The team has moved up to 16th in the country since taking over, and I think that it will help I get better. “
Dennis Knight covers sports for the Savannah Morning News. Contact him at [email protected] Twitter: @DennisKnightSMN