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Richmond Hill athletes sign to play in college
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Richmond Hill's Isaiah Hill, left, and Tyler Thompkins after signing their letters of intent to play college basketball Wednesday afternoon. - photo by Ted O'Neil

Three Richmond Hill athletes — two from basketball and one from baseball — signed letters of intent to play at the collegiate level Wednesday afternoon.

Isaiah Hill and Tyler Thompkins signed for basketball with Gordon State College and Brevard College, respectively, followed by Ian Moran for baseball, who will attend Hilbert College.

Hill, named All-State by the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association, averaged 20.3 points per game this season and scored 1,278 for his Wildcat career. Gordon State, a junior college, is located in Barnesville between Macon and Atlanta and participates in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. The Highlanders finished 11-19 overall last season, 11-19 in the conference.

“The coaches reached out to me a lot,” said Hill, who will play point guard. “They have a lot of returning players so we should be pretty good.”

Hill said he will wait to see “whatever opens up” as far as playing at a four-year school after two seasons at Gordon State. Former Bryan County standout Alex Simmons will be a sophomore on the basketball team there next year.

Thompkins, who said Brevard will lose several players to graduation, was told by coaches there he’ll have a chance to start. He plans to major in exercise science.

“I’ve always tried to work hard and always dreamed of playing at the next level,” Thompkins said.

Brevard, in North Carolina, is a Division II school competing in the South Atlantic Conference. The Tornados finished 6-22 overall last season, 5-17 in the conference.

Moran, who plays second and third base, signed with Hilbert, in upstate New York near Buffalo, a Division III school that plays in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. The Hawks were 11-21 overall this year, 6-10 in the conference.

“I really like the campus, it’s not too big or too small,” said Moran, who plans to major in sports medicine. “I bonded with the players and already feel like I’m part of the team.”

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