Albany Tech’s, left to right, Jonathan Thomas, Tevin Smith, Guy Barnes, Lafonzo Smith and Brandon Quarterman sign letters-of-intent on Wednesday. (Staff Photo: Tim Morse)
Sylvester Patterson sported a big smile Wednesday afternoon in the Albany Tech Logistics Building conference room.
Five members of his 2013-14 men’s basketball team signed letters-of-intent with four-year colleges. Jonathan Thomas, Tevin Smith and Guy Barnes signed with Concordia College in Selma, Ala. Lafonzo Smith signed with Fort Valley State, while Brandon Quarterman will stay in the city and continue his career at Albany State.
Patterson said two more players will sign next week.
The Titans finished just 9-21 last season, but Albany Tech has a strong reputation of developing its players and sending them to the next level.
“You don’t have to have a good year for kids to sign,” Patterson said. “Our program keeps growing and growing. Hopefully all of these kids will earn their degrees … that’s always the goal every year.”
The Logistics Building was filled with friends, coaches and administrators who watched the special group achieve their goal of playing basketball at the next level. Each player will have two years of eligibility remaining with the exception of Smith. The Dougherty standout played just one season with the Titans and will have three years remaining at Concordia.
“Every kid we had come through (this year) is going to sign a four-time scholarship,” Patterson said. “All of them are great players and they’re good students. Each one of them came in and helped improve the program.”
Concordia will be getting some good size in its frontcourt with Thomas and Smith, who are 6-foot-5 and 6-7 respectively. Barnes is an excellent ball-handler.
Fort Valley is getting the biggest of the five in Smith. At 6-9, the sophomore is expected to compete for playing time in his first season.
Quarterman is expected to help a Rams team that will be hit hard by graduation in the backcourt. The only two guards Albany State returns are Darshtyn Baker and Larry Bullock.