published Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Hurricanes' Cody Knox signs with Bryan College

East Hamilton's Cody Knox.
East Hamilton's Cody Knox.
Photo by Dan Henry.

Former East Hamilton two-sport standout Cody Knox signed scholarship papers Tuesday to continue his basketball career at Bryan College, a NAIA Division II school in Dayton, Tenn.

Knox finished with 1,308 points, 754 rebounds, 252 assists, 164 steals, and leaves the program as the record holder in all four categories. He averaged 14.8 points as a senior.

"Cody was a wonderful player to coach," East Hamilton coach Michael Stone, a Bryan alum, said. "His toughness and will to compete made him a viable threat in all situations, but what really stands out in my mind is how appreciative and respectful he is. Even as a freshman he demonstrated these qualities, and as our relationship developed I grew certain that they were the result of his hard work and his parents influence in his life.

"I expect great things from him at Bryan College, and I am excited to send a player of his caliber to my alma mater."

Hamilton Heights has five sign

The Hamilton Heights basketball programs recently had five players sign to continue their careers.

Guard Jovana Stojanovic will continue her career at the University of the Cumberlands, a NAIA Division I school in Cumberland, Ky., while guards Ima-Obong Akpan and Judith Nwosu will play at Kilgore College, a junior college in Killeen, Tx. Akpan was the team's second-leading scorer at 13.7 points per game. She was also second in rebounds and steals. Fellow guard Milica Savic signed with College of Central Florida, a junior college in Ocala., Fla.

On the boys' side, 6-foot-7 forward Rokas Paulauskas will continue his career at Frank Phillips College, a junior college in Borger, Tx. He averaged 17.6 points and 11.9 rebounds as a senior.

Bah to TWC

Former Baylor standout OT Bah signed scholarship papers to return to the United States and continue his soccer career at Tennessee Wesleyan College, a NAIA Division II school in Athens, Tenn.

Bah, originally from Liberia who was a boarding student at Baylor was all-state and a second-team Best of Preps honoree in 2012, when the Red Raiders won the Division II-AA state championship. He returned home to finish his studies and graduate high school.

"Coach Lyons is getting a crafty, left footed player, that can run at players and be dangerous in the attacking third," Baylor coach Curtis Blair said. "I am very pleased that OT gets a chance to get a great education while also helping my alma mater in soccer. I know that Coach Lyons is a quality coach and will be able to take OT to the next level."

Contact Gene Henley at ghenley@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6311. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/genehenleytfp.

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