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Four basketball players commit to Co-Lin

Co-Lin head men’s basketball coach Kenny Bizot and assistant coach Jake Reed are thrilled to have four local, talented young men join their team for the upcoming season.

“We are very excited about the local players that have signed scholarships to play with Co-Lin next season,” said Bizot. “They are a good group of strong character men and talented basketball players.”

Ronnie Edwards of West Lincoln, Anthony Jones of Wesson, Lazorian McNulty of Brookhaven and Darrian Wilson of Brookhaven made it official when they signed their letters of intent Friday to join the Co-Lin Wolves.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / West Lincoln's Ronnie Edwards has signed a basketball scholarship to play for the Co-Lin Community College Wolves next year. Pictured with Edwards is (from left) father Lamar Edwards, and mother Angela Edwards. Standing in the back is West Lincoln basketball coach Lane Young (left), brother Bradleigh Brothern and West Lincoln basketball assistant coach Brooks Smith.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / West Lincoln’s Ronnie Edwards has signed a basketball scholarship to play for the Co-Lin Community College Wolves next year. Pictured with Edwards is (from left) father Lamar Edwards, and mother Angela Edwards. Standing in the back is West Lincoln basketball coach Lane Young (left), brother Bradleigh Rice and West Lincoln basketball assistant coach Brooks Smith.

Ronnie Edwards  helped guide the Bears to a successful season as West Lincoln advanced to the second round of the state playoffs. Edwards averaged 18.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, two assists and two steals per game.

“I am really excited to be given the opportunity to play college basketball at Co-Lin,” said Edwards. “I really believe that Co-Lin will be a great place for me. I am ready to start playing now and I expect to make a big impact.”

Edwards said he plans to major in physical therapy.

“Ronnie Edwards did a great job for us this year,” said West Lincoln basketball coach Lane Young. “He’s a team player and we look forward to seeing him excel under Coach Bizot and Coach Reed at Co-Lin. It’s an honor to receive an athletic scholarship and Ronnie has worked extremely hard to reach this goal in his life.”

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Wesson's Anthony Jones signs a basketball scholarship Friday with Co-Lin Community College Wolves. Pictured with Jones is his mother Felicia Butler (right). Standing is Wesson Athletic Director Ronald Greer (left) and Wesson head basketball Coach Rusty Newman.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Wesson’s Anthony Jones signs a basketball scholarship Friday with Co-Lin Community College Wolves. Pictured with Jones is his mother Felicia Butler (right). Standing is Wesson Athletic Director Ronald Greer (left) and Wesson head basketball Coach Rusty Newman.

Anthony Jones had great season for Wesson as he led his Cobras and the state in scoring with 29.8 points per game. He also finished the season with 10.8 rebounds, 2.3 steals, 2.3 assists and 1.7 blocks per game.

Jones was instrumental this season as the Cobras finished third in the Region 7-3A tournament to advance to the state playoff race, before falling to the West Marion Trojans in the opening round.

“I am thankful to be given the opportunity to play college basketball at Co-Lin,” said Jones. “I really like the coaches there and I suspect the upcoming season to be very exciting.”

Jones said he is currently undecided on what he wants to pursue, but plans to get his basic studies out of the way at Co-Lin.

“I am extremely excited for AJ,” said Wesson coach Rusty Newman. “It has been a joy to coach him over the years. I look forward to seeing him continue playing at the next level. I am proud of him and wish him the best.”

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Brookhaven's Lazorian McNulty has signed basketball scholarship with the Co-Lin Community College Wolves. Pictured with McNulty is his mother Jonnell Smith (left) and his grandmother Margaret McDaniel. Standing is Standing is Brookhaven girls coach Preston Wilson, Brookhaven boys basketball coach Jimmie Butler and grandmother Lisa Chatman.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Brookhaven’s Lazorian McNulty has signed basketball scholarship with the Co-Lin Community College Wolves. Pictured with McNulty is his mother Jonnell Smith (left) and his grandmother Margaret McDaniel. Standing is Standing is Brookhaven girls coach Preston Wilson, Brookhaven boys basketball coach Jimmie Butler and grandmother Lisa Chatman.

Lazorian McNulty averaged 14.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game for Brookhaven.

“It is a great honor and a blessing from God to have the opportunity to play college basketball,” said McNulty. “I really like the coaches at Co-Lin. I love the way they communicate with the players. I just cannot wait to get started.”

McNulty plans to pursue a career as a physical therapist.

“Co-Lin is getting two excellent young men that will help the program excel,” said BHS girls’ basketball coach Preston Wilson. “Their character and hard work ethics will be a big asset for Co-Lin.”

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Brookhaven's Darrian Wilson has signed a basketball scholarship with the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves. Pictured with Wilson is his step mom Sonya Wilson and mother Betty Wilson-McSwain.  Standing is father/BHS girls coach Preston Wilson, BHS boys basketball coach Jimmie Butler and step father Larry McSwain.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Brookhaven’s Darrian Wilson has signed a basketball scholarship with the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves. Pictured with Wilson is his step mom Sonya Wilson and mother Betty Wilson-McSwain. Standing is father/BHS girls coach Preston Wilson, BHS boys basketball coach Jimmie Butler and step father Larry McSwain.

Darrian Wilson averaged 10 points and had 4.3 rebounds per game for the Panthers.

“Coach Bizot, Coach Reed and I have a great relationship,” said Wilson. “I am looking forward to playing for them next season. We have a great group of local talent joining the team and I suspect great things to happen.”

Wilson plans to study kinesiology to be a physical therapist.

“We are graduating two great leaders of this Panther program,” said BHS boys basketball coach Jimmie Butler. “We know they have opened the door for players to follow their path in the future.”