For Immediate Release
Southwest Head Men’s Basketball Coach Verties Sails Jr. has announced the signing of fourteen student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2009-2010 season. The impressive list of newcomers includes 13 incoming freshmen and one sophomore transfer.
D’Alvin Brown, a 5’9” guard from Covington High School, averaged 16 points and four assists per game as a senior while leading the Chargers to the district championship. He was named all-district, district tournament MVP, and to The Commercial Appeal’s Best of the Preps Team.
Antonio Coleman, a 6’7” forward from Murphy High School in Mobile, Alabama, averaged 18.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.7 assists as a senior. He led Murphy High to a 24-5 record and a ranking among the top Class 6A teams in the state of Alabama.
Edwin Dorsey, a 6’0” guard from Oakhaven High School in Memphis, averaged 16.5 points per game as a senior during the 2007-2008 season and was named to the All-District 16AA team.
Russell Hill, a 6’3” guard from Mitchell High School in Memphis, averaged 15.4 points per game and shot 43 percent from three-point range. He was named to the All-District 16AA team.
Christopher House, a 6’6” forward from Kirby High School in Memphis, averaged 14 points and eight rebounds as a senior.
Nicholas Livisay, a 6’8” center from Bolton High School, transfers to Southwest after playing his freshman season at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. As a senior at Bolton, Livisay averaged 12 points and eight rebounds per game.
Reginald Porter, a 6’7” forward from McClellan High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior. He led McClellan to a 20-7 record and was selected to the Arkansas Class 5A All-State Team.
Adrian Powell, a 6’7” forward from Conover High School in Newton, North Carolina, averaged 17 points and eight rebounds per game as a senior. A career 1,000 point scorer, Powell was named conference player of the year, all-area, and all-region.
Roy Pugh, a 5’11” guard from Osceola High School in Osceola, Arkansas, led his team to a 24-9 record and the Class 4A state semifinals. He averaged 23.7 points, three assists, and three steals per game and was selected to the Arkansas Class 4A All-State Team.
Charles Taylor, a 6’7” guard/forward from Humboldt High School in Humboldt, Tennessee, led his team to the district and region championships and Class A state tournament runner-up as a senior. He averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds per game and was named to the Sports Writers All-State and Jackson Sun’s All-West Tennessee teams.
Derrick Walker, a 6’4” forward from Covington High School, averaged 24 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior. He was named to the all-district and The Commercial Appeal’s All-Best of the Preps teams. In addition, Walker was named Most Valuable Player of the Golden Circle All-Star Game in Jackson, Tennessee.
Gerald Watkins, a 6’4” guard/forward from LeFlore High School in Mobile, Alabama, led his team to the regional and area championships as a senior. Watkins averaged 15 points, six rebounds, and three assists per game.
Cortez Wilder, a 6’8” center from Ripley High School, averaged 17 points and 13 rebounds as a senior during the 2007-08 season. He was named to the All-District 14AA team and to the all-tournament team at the Lions Club Invitational.
Joshua Wilkerson, a 6’3” guard from Memphis Catholic High School, led the city in scoring with a 27.2 average as a senior in 2007-08. Wilkerson was named all-district and to The Commercial Appeal’s Best of the Preps Team. He scored a career-high 48 points against Rossville Christian.