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From Staff Reports
Morrow High School Basketball Coaching staff announced eight basketball players received scholarships to various colleges for 2011-2012 as student-athletes.
A cake cutting ceremony was conducted for all of the 2011 student athletes as their family, friends, fans and teammates came out to say "Go MUSTANGS" one last time. Morrow's boys basketball head coach Jay Livingston introduced each player as they had their moment to address the audience and announce their college choices.
Morrow High School Basketball girls head coach Yolanda Jenkins is very pleased as LaJoi Battle, the only female player representing the Lady Mustangs.
LaJoi committed to Wesleyan College Pioneers, a NCAA Division III school in Macon, .
For the Mustangs, James Parson committed to Union College Bulldogs, a NAIA Division IIschool in Barbourville, Kentucky. Ronald Glee committed to Gordon College Highlanders, a Division-I Junior College school in Barnesville, Georgia. Amun Carter Committed to Clark Atlanta University Panthers, a NCAA Division-II school in Atlanta. Mustangs Julito Hutchinson and Michael Garner will join Aamir Morris and Mitch McKnight (of the Griffin Grasshoppers) at Walters State College, the Senators are a Division-I Junior College school in Morristown, Tennessee.
Coach Paul Daniels, assistant men's Coach at Walters State College said "he feels real good about the four players he's receiving and he's very excited about having them." Coach Daniels came to Morrow High school to observe a potential prospect but was very impressed by other players' ability and invited them all to an official visit.
Morrow's boys basketball assistant c oach Alan "Duck" Richards was instrumental in getting the players to Morristown, Tennessee for their workout.
Afterwards, the deal was sealed as Walters State College head coach, Bill Carlye confirmed he wanted all four players.
Most players dream of participating at the Division 1 collegiate level. However, not all players can play at the Division 1 level, but All players can go to college and earn a degree.
"It's about the degree," said Livingston, echoing the sentiments of all the coaches at Morrow High School,
"It is more important to get a major college education regardless of the level of college participation. Collegiate basketball achievements are momentary but college education lasts for a lifetime." The Morrow High School basketball coaching staff is very pleased that their players are moving on to the next level.