Richmond Hill basketball teammates Trey DeLoach and Montest Bumpers signed national letters of intent Friday to play college basketball.
DeLoach signed with Atlanta Metropolitan State College and Bumpers is going to Catawba College.
Both thanked their families and coaches.
“My coaches pushed me every day to get better,” Bumpers said. “They will always have a special place in my heart.”
“I was only here for two years, but the coaches pushed me every day in practice to become the player I am,” he said.
Wildcats Coach Bill Henderson said he was excited to see the pair of 2017 graduates be able to continue at the next level.
“They are tremendous players and were a huge part of the success we had this past season,” he said. “I’m proud of them and I’m sure they’ll do great things.”
Bumpers and DeLoach were both named first-team for Region 2-AAAAAA, helping lead the Wildcats to a 20-7 record and an appearance in the state tournament.
The Atlanta Metro State Trailblazers compete in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. They were 8-23 overall last year and 2-14 in the conference. The two-year school has seen players go on to play at four-year schools such as Florida State University, Louisiana State University, University of Miami and Seton Hall.
DeLoach joked that his goal is to be a “one and done” player at the junior college, playing one year before moving on to a four-year school. That would be similar to his former Wildcat teammate Isaiah Hill, who played this past season for Gordon State before moving on to St. Leo University.
Catawba is an NCAA Division II school in Salisbury, N.C., that competes in the South Atlantic Conference. The Indians were 18-11 overall and 12-10 in their conference last year.
Bumpers said he got a great feeling visiting the school.
“I talk to the coach there pretty much every day,” he said. “We have a nice bond already.”