ALBANY -- Toughness, athleticism and character.
Those are just a few of the qualities Monroe combo guard Theodore Hosley will bring to the South Georgia Tech men's basketball team after signing with the school Thursday.
"As I've watched Ted throughout the year -- and knowing what we're losing in our point guard this year -- I think Ted could bring some of the same qualities," said SGT coach Steven Wright, who attended Hosley's signing at Monroe, along with family, friends, coaches and teammates. "With his athleticism and a skill set I think we can improve on, I think (certainly) that he can be a vital part to what we do, as well as be a team leader for us."
Hosley is expected to fill the shoes left by the Jets' floor general from this past season, Demario Fountain, who led the team in scoring (15.6), assists (3.5) and steals (2.5), but is now headed to play D-I ball after graduating.
"Their track record speaks for itself," Hosely said of the SGT basketball program, which has won two region titles in five years and was the first team from the Technical College System of Georgia to earn a berth in the NJCAA National Basketball Tournament in 2009. "They (win) and they put players in position to move on to the next level -- and my goal is to play Division-I basketball."
Hosley, who averaged 6.6 points, an assist and a steal during his senior season, is expected to make an immediate impact on the team but more so on the defensive side of the ball with his ability to guard from end line to end line -- which is what Wright likes his guards to do for much of the game.
"I think he is going to be a pretty good ball player at the next level (but) he will have to make the transition into becoming a point guard," said Monroe coach Marquis Davis, whose team finished this past season 22-6 with Hosley running things. "He's played point guard for us for the last four years and I've seen progress in him. He is a hard-working kid and the sky is the limit for him."
SGT was not the only school which saw Hosley's potential as he passed on an offer from Coastal Georgia College.
"I felt like South Georgia Tech was the best place for me as far as education and their style of play," said Hosley, who -- at 6-foot-2 -- will provide great size in the SGT backcourt. "I feel like I can help bring that extra boost of energy on the defensive end, as well as push the ball up the floor. All my life, that's all I've known how to do and I would like to take that to the college level."
LAW TAKES TALENTS TO CUTHBERT:
Terrell Academy's three-time state champion basketball star Carley Law signed Wednesday to play basketball with Andrew College in Cuthbert. Law was a member of the 2009, 2010 and 2011 State Championship teams at Terrell Academy -- the last title coming in the tougher Class AA division, while the first two were won in Class A.
Last year, Law averaged 10 points, 8 rebounds and 2.5 steals a game, and was named All-Region in 2010 and 2011, as well as being chosen for the GISA A-AA All-Star team.