Bainbridge's Baulkmon signs with Gulf Coast, while Harris, Thomas head to Albany State

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

BAINBRIDGE -- Three Bainbridge High School basketball players signed college basketball scholarships Tuesday morning during a joint ceremony in the school gymnasium's hospitality room.

Bearcats forward Devon Baulkman, who won his second consecutive Region 1-AAAA Player of the Year award after his amazing 2010-11 campaign, signed with the Gulf Coast Community College Commodores of Panama City, Fla.

Joining Baulkmon in deciding on a college was Lady Bearcats guard April Thomas and center Bria Harris, both of whom signed scholarships with Albany State University.

Baulkman, a two-time Albany Herald Super 6 selection, was also a First-Team Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-State selection and an honorable mention selection on the Georgia Sports Writer's Association Class AAAA All-State team.

He helped lead coach Rickey McCullough's Bearcats to a 27-3 record, the Region 1AAAA championship and to the second round of the Class AAAA State Tournament.

Baulkman led the Bearcats in scoring, rebounding and steals. He averaged 20.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 11 steals a game.

Gulf Coast head coach Odell Witherspoon, who was on hand for the signing Tuesday, said he hoped Baulkman would come in and be an important part of his team right away.

"Devon is a very good shooter and he could come in and play the number two guard for us. He could also play point guard," Witherspoon said.

McCullough said he is sure Baulkman will do well on the next level.

"Devon was a fantastic player for us the last three years, and I'm sure he will continue to play well at Gulf Coast," he said.

Thomas, a First-Team All-Region 1-AAAA selection, earned honorable mention recognition on both the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia Sportswriter's Association Class AAAA All-State teams.

Thomas also won the team scoring award for averaging a team-high 19.9 points a game, the 3-point award for connecting on 64 percent of her shots from beyond the arc and the assist award for averaging a team-high 11 a game.

Harris, a Herald Super 6er last year, won the rebounding award for

averaging a team-high 11 a game.