April 17, 2012
Three members of Waycross College’s men’s basketball team recently signed letters of intent to play at the NCAA Division II level.
Andrew Lawrence, a redshirt freshman from Hilliard, Fla., has signed to play for North Georgia College & State University. During the 2011-2012 season, Lawrence led the Swamp Foxes in field goal percentage (53 percent) and three-point percentage (40 percent). A second team selection by the Georgia Basketball Coaches Association (GABCA), Lawrence will graduate this spring while maintaining at least a 3.5 grade point average in his two years at WC. His academic work earned him a place on the GABCA’s All-Academic Team.
“North Georgia is known for its excellent education programs and widely respected basketball program,” said Lawrence, whose ultimate goal is to earn a master’s degree in education. “I am honored to sign (with North Georgia) and look forward to playing with my new teammates. I will miss Waycross College and am grateful to the school, team, professors, and coaches for all they have done to prepare me for this next step.”
Head coach Cory Baldwin said Lawrence was an “overachiever on and off the court.”
“Andrew was a player who took advantage of his redshirt season and will have a great career at North Georgia,” he said.
Adam McLeod, a sophomore from Fairburn, Ga., will play for Columbus State University next season. McLeod battled through a broken bone in his wrist this season to average 10 points per game and finish in the top 15 in the GCAA in three-point percentage. A second team All-GABCA selection, McLeod will graduate from WC this summer.
“It feels great to be going to a great program (at Columbus), and I look forward to the new challenges that lie ahead,” McLeod said.
Baldwin said McLeod began his Swamp Fox career as a “pure shooter” and will leave “a complete player.”
“Adam is another student-athlete who took advantage of Waycross College’s hands-on approach to helping students. He has improved as a student and a player while he’s been here,” he said.
Kelcey Walker, a sophomore from Statesboro, Ga., has signed to play for Armstrong Atlantic State University. During the 2011-2012 season, Walker led the Swamp Foxes in assists and steals. Walker’s assists total placed him in the top five in the GCAA. He led the conference and finished tenth in the nation in steals.
An All-GABCA honorable mention, Walker will graduate from WC this summer.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to grow as a student and player at Armstrong,” said Walker. “I owe a lot to the professors, my teammates, and Coach Baldwin for my success at Waycross College, which has afforded me this chance at Armstrong.”
Baldwin said Walker’s work ethic over the last two years has paid off.
“I am very proud of Kelcey. He made himself a point guard and was a team leader on and off the court this season,” he said. “I know he will have a great career at Armstrong, and I look forward to seeing him play at the next level.”Sixteen Swamp Foxes have signed letters of intent to play at four-year colleges and universities since WC’s basketball program was established in 2009. Baldwin said he expects at least two more players from this year’s team to sign before the signing period ends in July.
Waycross College has been a proud member of the University System of Georgia since the College’s founding in 1976.