Mark White and the East Mississippi Lions picked up one of the top shooters in the Magnolia state when Jacolby Mobley signed his letter of intent on Tuesday.
Mobley joined Tory Rice and Chris Harris in signing with area junior colleges with the latter two signing with Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Miss.
As the point guard for SHS this season Mobley had the reputation of being ready to shoot the moment his feet hit the court and according to EMCC head coach Mark White, that’s just fine with him.
“As I told him, that’s his role on our team and I don’t want him to be any different,” White said. “We showed Jacolby the stats and our guards have always led our team in scoring and taken the most shots. That’s what he does – he’s an unbelievable shooting talent.”
As you might expect, Mobley was thrilled to stay close to home and play for a Lions club that has a combine record of 103-42 in five years under coach White.
“They got a great program and it was perfect because they always win so I love to win,” Mobley said. “I didn’t want to be too far away from my momma now and knowing I can come home any weekend I want is good to know. I’ve always loved basketball so to get to do it at the college level is very exciting for me.”
Rice, like Mobley, enjoyed success while playing under SHS head coach Greg Carter and will now move on to be a part of a new look Indians team.
“Now is my time to show people what I got as a player,” Rice said. “It is great to get into a college that will let me continue my basketball career.”
Afterward Carter was pleased to see his players take the next step in their careers and lives.
“I enjoy moments like this because it’s an opportunity for them to not only play basketball but to get a college education,” Carter said. “It makes me feel good because a college education is so important to young men.”
Rice will be joined by area talent Chris Harris, who finished his high school career at East Oktibbeha High School.
“Both of these kids played in a championship program and that’s what we hope to bring to Itawamba so I couldn’t think of two better guys to start us as we embark in a new era here,” said ICC coach Grant Pate. “Success breeds success and winning speaks for itself. Those guys are prepared and been there before.”