Two Richmond Hill School basketball players who were key parts of the Wildcats’ 20-7 record last season will continue their basketball careers on the collegiate level.
Trey Deloach signed to play for the Atlanta Metropolitan State College Trailblazers while backcourt teammate Montest Bumpers officially committed to the Catawba College Indians Friday morning at RHHS.
“These two guys are tremendous basketball players – huge parts of the success we had this season. And we are really happy for them, we are really proud and we are hoping they will do really great things at the next level,” Wildcat Head Coach Bill Henderson said.
Deloach (6-3, 165 pounds) averaged 12.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game his senior year for the Wildcats.
“It was a great two years at Richmond Hill playing with Montest Bumpers and the rest of my teammates like Jeremy Foster who came out here to support me today. It has just been great; great coaching like Coach Henderson who pushed me to do better in practice,” he said.
“To play at the next level has always been a big dream for a lot of high school athletes and I am blessed with being able to play at the next level and showcase my talents and maybe move on.”
When asked why he picked the Atlanta junior college Deloach said, “It was cool. I like the coach he made me feel like I was another son. And the campus was pretty.”
Bumpers clearly enjoyed the moment of signing to play in college.
“It is a great feeling, it is amazing to sign. Since the the 10th grade I have been picturing this day. Many people believed in me, my coaches, my parents, Coach Steve (Williams), they all believed I could do this since I was a young age,” he said.
“It a great moment to have this with Trey, he is like a brother, I have known him for 10 years counting. He is going to be a lifelong friend. I love him just like my brother.”
Like Deloach, part of Bumpers’ decision as to where he would attend college centered on coaches.
“I love Coach (Steven) Asher, I text him almost every day. We just talk like a friend. He’s like a role model right now. We have a great relationship. The campus is nice and they just got a renovated gym so I get to break in in that,” he said.
Bumpers (5-9, 145 pounds) averaged 11.0, 2.8 assists and 2.4 steals per game his senior season.
Atlanta Metropolitan is a member of the National Junior College Association and competes in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.
Catawba College is a NCAA Division II school competing in the South Atlantic Conference.