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Douglas players sign with inaugural Georgia Highlands basketball team
by Ericka Birdsong
July 11, 2012 11:33 AM | 3158 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, former Douglas County basketball players Vantrail Commings and Femi Ojuolape have signed with Georgia Highlands College.
From left, former Douglas County basketball players Vantrail Commings and Femi Ojuolape have signed with Georgia Highlands College.
On June 28 two Douglas County basketball players, Vantrail Commings of Douglas County High School and Femi Ojuolape of Lithia Springs High School, signed a letter of intent to play the 2012-2013 season with Georgia Highlands College on its inaugural basketball team.

This signing day featured 10 Georgia basketball players and one from New York on a team led by Coach Phil Gaffney.

In the press release issued by Georgia Highlands, Gaffney expressed his thoughts on the incoming players.

“We’ve assembled what I believe will be a very solid team,” Gaffney said.

Georgia Highlands is part of the Georgia College Athletic Association of the Junior College Athletics Association.

Commings played at Douglas County all four years of high school, moving to varsity his sophomore year. As a senior, Commings averaged 17.1 points per game, 12.3 rebounds per game, 3.8 assists, 1.2 steals per game and led his team to a 26-4 record.

Commings said he signed with Georgia Highlands because he gets along “very well” with Gaffney and that he has high hopes for the team.

“I’m hoping it goes good. I hope we have good chemistry, everyone clicks and we get some W’s,” he said.

Ojuolape graduated in the spring from Lithia Springs High where he was the starting shooting guard. Ojuolape played basketball all four years at Lithia Springs, and on varsity since his sophomore year.

As a senior, Ojuolape averaged 14 points per game, five rebounds per game and three assists. Ojuolape led his team to a Region 5-AAAA Championship.

Ojuolape said he chose Georgia Highlands because it was “the best way to get to a [Division I] school” and he liked the school and program.

Over the summer, Ojuolape said he has been preparing for the new season and expects a lot from the team.

“I’ve just been playing every day, eating a lot to get bigger and just working out,” he said. “I expect us to win. We’re all young and did really good for our schools.”

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