November 30, 2004
Albany - With only nine players on his roster, Albany State basketball coach John I. Davis has watched his team lose their first three games of the season, despite the fact the Golden Rams had the halftime lead in two of those games including at Division I Mercer.
The problems in the second half can be attributed to a lack of depth.
The good news for Coach Davis is that help has arrived in the form of two members of the SIAC champion Albany State football team.
Quarterback Uyl Joyner and receiver Alvin Ray Jackson, both seniors, laced up their sneakers for their first practice last night.
Joyner not only lead Dougherty High to a state football title, he also played on the Trojans state basketball champion team his sophomore year.
Alvin Ray Jackson was a three year starter for his high school basketball team in Mississippi that several trips to the state semfinals.
Both Joyner and Jackson wished they were still playing football after the Rams playoff loss to Valdosta State but are hoping to help the Golden Ram basketball team any way possible.
Uyl Joyner said "Here in Albany basketball is a big thing and the open leagues are very competitive. I have been playing open league basketball and just feel like I can get out here and help these guys out."
Alvin Ray Jackson "I think we can help a lot. They already have a lot of good players and I think we can add depth and help them get an SIAC title here."
Coach John I. Davis also believes that Joyner and Jackson will provide leadership to his squad off the court.
Both Uyl Joyner and Alvin Ray Jackson will be in uniform when Albany State hosts LeMoyne-Owen in their SIAC opener Thursday night at the HPER gym.
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