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Hoop stars moving to college level
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
April 25, 2013 10:06 AM | 2957 views | 1 1 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hiram basketball players, from left, Leonard Foster, Reed Dungan and Isaac Williams look forward to their future college days as they each sign with their future schools.
Hiram basketball players, from left, Leonard Foster, Reed Dungan and Isaac Williams look forward to their future college days as they each sign with their future schools.
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Point guard Reed Dungan, small forward Lenard Foster and shooting guard Isaac Williams of the Hiram basketball program were celebrated April 17 as they signed scholarships to play the sport at the college level.

Introduced by head basketball coach Darius Hodge, the seniors signed in front of family, friends and members of their respective collegiate coaching staffs.

“I think all three picked great schools that fit them. … The Hiram community is extremely proud of their accomplishments. We wish them nothing but success in the future,” said Hodge.

The trio helped lead the Hornets to the GHSA state Class AAAAA tournament this past season.

Dungan signed with National Junior College Athletic Association Division I member Gordon State College in Barnesville where he will be under the leadership of head coach Izzy Ingle. His senior year he averaged 10.9 points, 5.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds a game.

“He’s a good point guard, has great basketball IQ, he’s extremely tough and won’t back down,” said Hodge.

Foster signed with NJCAA Division I Columbia State Community College in Clifton, Tenn., and will be led by head coach Brian Collins. During his senior year, Foster averaged 10.1 points, 1.4 assists and 3.7 rebounds a night.

“He’s a versatile player, can play multiple positions and he’s athletic. With more weight, great things are sure to come,” Hodge said.

Williams signed to NJCAA Division I Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kan. At Barton, Williams will be led by head coach Craig Fletchall. As a senior Williams averaged 19.2 points, 1.6 assists and 7.6 rebounds a game.

“He’s very versatile. He’s a shooter and very athletic. He’s going to one of the best conferences where he can really display his talents,” said Hodge.

With his players signed and ready for the next level of basketball, Hodge said the process of getting his players to this point was “fairly easy.” According to Hodge, if a player can play the game and make plays, colleges and universities will find them and offer them an opportunity to play at the collegiate level.

“For our three players, they were able to get this opportunity,” he said. “There is nothing more gratifying than to see young people have a chance to further their education and basketball career.”
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April 25, 2013
Congratulations Reed!!! I am so proud of you and know that you will do well on the collegiate level.

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