April 16, 2008
Albany - The NCAA spring signing period for basketball started Wednesday.
Westover guard Chris Edwards is joining one of the up and coming programs in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Chris Edwards signed his scholarship with Jacksonville University.
The all-region guard averaged 20 points and six rebounds a game in what was a stellar senior season for Edwards and the Patriots who finished second in Region 1-AAA.
Edwards will play for former Georgia Tech assistant Cliff Warren at Jacksonville.
In three years, Warren has taken the Dolphins from just one win in 2006 to coming within a win of making the NCAA tournament.
Chris Edwards said "I see the upcoming program they have coming back. I really feel like I can fit in the program."
Region 1-AAA was loaded with talented basketball players this past season.
That includes Worth County's Arthur Blackmon.
The long range shooting specialist for the Rams will play the next two seasons at Abraham Baldwin College in Tifton.
Blackmon averaged 19 points a game in his senior season and is excited about joining the Stallions basketball program that is becoming one of the best in the junior college ranks under coach Todd Shepard.
Arthur Blackmon said "I would say it is a D-I junior college if you asked me. I think it is a good system. I think the program is run well. I think we will do a great job this upcoming season."
Arthur Blackmon also averaged six rebounds a game this season for Worth County.
The Worth County Lady Rams program also sending another player to the college ranks.
Courtney Mitchell is staying close to home after she signed to play at Valdosta State.
Mitchell averaged 15 points in her senior season after transferring from Sherwood Christian Academy where she was a two time all state player in the GISA.
Mitchell is excited about joining a Lady Blazer basketball team that is coming off back to back NCAA Division II regional appearances.
Courtney Mitchell said "My family can come and watch which is good. I can always come home when I want."
Over in Edison, Calhoun County guard Daley Stafford signed to play at South Georgia Tech in Americus.
Stafford was the Region 2-A offensive player of the year this season.
The Cougar guard averaged 23 points and nine rebounds a game for the Cougars who won 16 games this year.