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Bartow basketball players sign with inaugural Georgia Highlands team
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
July 12, 2012 10:49 AM | 1317 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, former Cartersville High star JR Davis and former Excel Christian player Seth Curlee have signed scholarships to play on Georgia Highlands College’s inaugural basketball team.
From left, former Cartersville High star JR Davis and former Excel Christian player Seth Curlee have signed scholarships to play on Georgia Highlands College’s inaugural basketball team.
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Two Bartow County basketball players, Seth Curlee of Excel Christian Academy and JR Davis of Cartersville High School, recently signed letters 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 who are now members of Georgia Highland’s inaugural basketball team led by Coach Phil Gaffney.

In a 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.

Curlee graduated from Excel Christian Academy in 2011 where he was the shooting guard for the varsity basketball team, playing all four years of high school. During his senior year, Curlee averaged 15.6 points per game and 2.3 steals per game. Curlee was also given the team MVP award.

While Curlee has not played on a team in a year, he said he has continued to work out while attending Georgia Highlands at the Cartersville campus.

“I’ve been working out all year long. I go back to Excel and play with the high school team to stay in shape,” Curlee said.

Having been away from the team environment, Curlee said he is excited for the upcoming season.

“I’m pretty excited. I’ve been out of basketball for a year. I’m ready to get back to the daily grind of basketball,” he said.

Since Georgia Highlands is a two-year school, Curlee, already finished with his first year, said he plans to transfer to Kennesaw State University after the spring 2013 semester.

Davis just graduated high school in the spring at Cartersville High where he played as a forward during his senior year. Davis played basketball all four years at Cartersville, but only began playing on the varsity team halfway through his sophomore year.

During his senior year, Davis averaged 20 points, eight rebounds and five steals per game and named to the GACA 1st Team All-Region 7-AAA.

Davis said he chose Georgia Highlands because this is the inaugural team.

“It’s a new school and I get to be a part of history and it’s a good opportunity,” Davis said, “I’m excited to see how we do.”

After completing his two years Davis said he has plans to transfer to Kennesaw State or Georgia State University.
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