Edna’s Khaliyl Barnes, seated in center, signed a letter to intent Wednesday to play basketball for the Victoria College Pirates. Pictured with Barnes are, seated from left, brother Zion Harris, mother Shewanna Barnes, stepfather Jan Harris, and brother Braylen Harris; and, back row, Jeff Akin, Edna head basketball coach; Dustin Durham, Edna assistant basketball coach; Josh Moore, VC Sports Center coordinator; Bryant Wolf and Keon Boyd, players on last season’s VC basketball team; and cousin Jordan Diaz.

EDNA – Victoria College began assembling its men’s basketball roster Wednesday in preparation for its return to the National Junior College Athletic Association by signing Edna point guard Khaliyl Barnes to a letter of intent.

The 5-foot-10 Barnes was a second-team All-District 28-3A selection last season after averaging 10.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game.

“Since I started playing basketball, this has been a big dream of mine, so it feels good to know I will be able to go play somewhere else,” Barnes said. “I think can bring some leadership, playmaking and shooting skills to the team.”

Edna head basketball coach Jeff Akin said Barnes has the passion for the game to succeed at the next level.

“Khaliyl loves basketball more than any kid I’ve been around,” Akin said. “We don’t have basketball offseason here, but he still came in great shape and was ready to play. We started the season without some of our football guys, and he played all 32 minutes in some games. That’s a testimony to his dedication. He’s also great in the classroom. He has been raised well.”

Victoria College announced in October that it will rejoin the NJCAA for the 2019-20 season. The Pirates last competed in the NJCAA in 1970.

Barnes competed in the Victoria College Chick-fil-A All-Star Game on April 17 and scored 10 points.

“It’s going to be fun,” Barnes said of being part of VC’s new program. “I got to walk around the campus before the all-star game. It was cool to be around the atmosphere there.”

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