Victoria College signs six for '10-11

By Stephen Herzog -
May 7, 2010 at 12:07 a.m.

The Victoria College basketball program's second recruiting class featured players from Victoria to Mississippi.

It featured players from 5-foot-10 to 6-foot-7.

There was a variety of players signing on Friday, but they all had one thing in common - they're ready to play for the Pirates.

"I'm excited and ready," said former Edna point guard Colton Clay-Callis. His statement was one similarly voiced by all five recruits in attendance.

The class includes Memorial's Justyn Terrell, Clay-Callis, Jarrod Jones (Cypress-Woods), Jordan Winston (Lamar Consolidated), Brian Parks (Harlingen) and Charles Hastings (Gonzales), who was unable to attend the signing.

The six come to Victoria College for a variety of reasons.

Terrell spoke about the chance to play at home and get an affordable education.

Jones talked about the chance to play in an up-temp offense and have fun.

Parks spoke about being ready for a new start.

Whatever the reason they're here, this group has a chance to win a lot of games with the Pirates.

Meet the new Pirates

Justyn Terrell - 6-3 guard - Victorians are probably familiar with the athletic wing from Memorial. For Victoria College, he'll be asked to play great defense and slowly take on a greater offensive role at shooting guard. He should be comfortable at the home court, too - he earned MVP honors at the area all-star game at VC in March.

Colton Clay-Callis - 5-10 guard - Another Golden Crescent star, Clay-Callis will start out as the primary backup to Jonathan Flores. He's expected to be a lock-down defender at the point. He also played in the VC all-star game, and showed he can control the tempo at the point.

Charles Hastings - 6-3 forward - Hastings is the third Crossroads area player who will suit up for Victoria College next year. He's an athletic forward who should bring energy and an impressive leaping ability.

Jarrod Jones - 6-4 guard - Jones is originally from the Houston area, but played in Mississipi last year. Jones chose Victoria College over two sanctioned JUCO's. He'll play primarily at shooting guard, but has the versatility to play the point or forward positions. He'll be a big-time scoring option for VC.

Jordan Winston - 6-7 forward - Winston clearly stands out in the group at 6-foot-7. He'll bring much-needed size to the Pirates and could be a force inside and on the boards for VC.

Brian Parks - 6-5 guard - Parks played at NAIA Bacone College in Oklahoma last year, but is getting closer to home with VC. Parks is another athletic wing who could give the Pirates offensive firepower.

Victoria College isn't a sanctioned program - yet. Head coach Jonathan Anderson would love to get VC that sanctioning, like the 14 programs the team has already on next year's schedule.

"We're doing exactly the same as what other schools are doing," Anderson said. "We just don't have that stamp."

Anderson talked about practice time and game schedules, as well as academic load including study halls and mandatory tutoring hours.

Their concept is one of developing a complete athlete, and that includes off the court.

"For everything we do on the court, we want to do two things together off the court," Anderson said.

It can include things like the scavenger hunt the team held during Halloween last year. It also includes Thanksgiving and Christmas at the Anderson house.

It's a concept that's especially important for a team trying to integrate six new players to a team that went 17-8 last season.

"We're excited that they're here," Anderson said.



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