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Co-Lin’s Eackles signs pact with Campbell U.,

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Ledell Eackles, an honorable mention juniorcollege All-American, has signed an athletics grant-in-aid withCampbell University, men’s basketball coach Robbie Laingannounced.

Eackles, a 5-foot-10 guard from Baton Rouge, La., averaged 18points and three rebounds, two steals and three assists per game asa sophomore at Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College, gainingfirst-team all-state and All-Region XXIII honors as well ashonorable mention All-America notice.

He led Copiah-Lincoln to a 21-9 record and a berth in the statefinal and regional semi-finals this past season.

“Ledell is down-right fast,” said Coach Laing. “He’s exactlywhat we’re looking for in the guard position.

“He has explosive scoring ability and his understanding of thegame will be a tremendous asset to our backcourt. He’s also a verygood defender and his mature demeanor will have a calming influenceon our young backcourt,” added Laing, who is entering his thirdyear in charge of the Fighting Camel program.

During his freshman year at Co-Lin, Eackles averaged 15 points,three assists, two rebounds and two steals per game for CoachDennis Sims’ Wolfpack.

Eackles’ father, Ledell, was a standout at the University of NewOrleans, who went on to play seven seasons in the NBA, includingsix with the Washington Wizards/Bullets. The senior Eackles is nowan assistant coach with the Washington Mystics of the WNBA.

A 2003 graduate of Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge, where hewas coached by Kenny Almont, Eackles led his team to the Class 5Astate championship, an undefeated season, and national number-threeranking by USA Today. Woodlawn amassed a 54-game winning streakover his last two years.

He was an all-district and all-metro selection and averaged 12.5points, 4.3 assists, 4.5 steals and 2.1 rebounds as a prep senior.Eackles also was named a reserve in the Louisiana All-Star game.During his junior year of high school, Eackles helped lead his teamthe state 4A title.

Campbell competes as a member of the NCAA Division I AtlanticSun Conference.