Three Albany Tech men’s basketball stars — from left, Sylvester native Jamorris Gaines, Harrison Gibson and former Westover standout Terrance Noel — signed scholarships among friends and family recently to play at the next level. (Scott Childs/Albany Tech)
ALBANY — How important was former Worth County star Jamorris Gaines to the Albany Tech basketball program?
Titans coach Sylvester Patterson didn’t have to think long about that question.
“I would go so far as to say he’s the best player to come through Albany Tech,” Patterson said. “He was the leading scorer in the conference and the all-time leading scorer in our school’s history for a reason.”
Along with recent Albany Tech players Terrance Noel and Harrison Gibson, Gaines recently signed a scholarship to a four-year school.
Gaines received offers from several Division I schools — including Georgia State, South Alabama, Alcorn State and FAMU — but for academic reasons he settled on Lee University in Tennessee, an NAIA school where former Albany Tech star Duran Blue is a starting guard. Gaines averaged 19 points and 6.5 points last season, and Patterson said he has the talent to play professional basketball after he finishes college.
“I know he has played against some pro guys and did well against them in summer tournaments,” Patterson said.
Noel, a former Westover star and Herald Player of the Year who still has three years of college eligibility left, signed with Miles College, and Gibson committed to Claflin University.
In his only season with the Titans, Noel averaged 10 points and 3.5 assists per game and had three 30-point games in a row midway through the season. Gibson, who Patterson said has “gotten better and better” each of the two years he played at Albany Tech, averaged six points and four rebounds last season.
Other Albany Tech players who Patterson expects to sign scholarships with four-year schools in the coming weeks are former Terrell County star Robert Ellis, Patrick Lewis and Triquenski Hicks.
FORMER DOUGHERY STAR WILLIAMS TO SIGN WITH TITANS ON THURSDAY: Former Herald Super 6er and Dougherty High star Arabian Williams, who signed with Lawson State (Ala.) Community College out of high school a year ago, will sign with the school Thursday, Patterson told The Herald on Monday.