SPORTS BRIEFS: Richmond Hill’s Deloach, Bumpers sign with colleges

Richmond Hill High School basketball players Trey Deloach (left) and Montest Bumpers signed to play in college Friday morning. (Jamie Parker/Bryan County Now)

LOCAL

 

Richmond Hill’s Deloach,

Bumpers sign with colleges

RICHMOND HILL — Two Richmond Hill School boys basketball players who were key parts of the Wildcats’ 20-7 record last season will continue their hoops 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 on Friday 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,” Wildcats coach Bill Henderson said.

Deloach (6-foot-3, 165 pounds) averaged 12.0 points and 7.3 rebounds a 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,” Deloach said. “It has just been great; great coaching like coach Henderson, who pushed me to do better in practice.

“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.

— Jamie Parker, Bryan County Now

Musselman in lead

at Players Amateur

BLUFFTON, S.C. – High temperatures at Berkeley Hall didn’t equal high scores during the second round of the 18th annual Players Amateur held on the club’s North Course.

University of Kentucky senior Cooper Musselman shot a bogey-free 4-under on Friday for a two-day total of 7-under 135. His round was good enough to end the day in the lead.

Musselman wasn’t going to let the 92 degree temperature get the best of him, “The heat has been ridiculous, I am not really used to that,” said the Louisville, Kentucky native. “I am still trying to hydrate and get used to it. I have been drinking about a bottle of water a hole.”

Will Grimmer’s 6-under 65 was the low round of the day. The Ohio State junior went bogey-free to go into the third round tied for second place with Theo Humphrey. Humphrey, a senior at Vanderbilt, shot 4-under to bring his two-day total to a 6-under 136.

The third round begins at 7 a.m. today. The public is welcome to attend and admission is free.

STATE

Hawks sign 2nd-round

pick Tyler Dorsey

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks have signed second-round pick Tyler Dorsey to a rookie contract.

Dorsey, a guard, averaged 14.6 points as a sophomore to help lead Oregon to the Final Four. He suffered a sprained right ankle in the Hawks’ Las Vegas Summer League win over Chicago on Monday. He did not play in Friday’s game against Houston after also missing a game on Wednesday.

Terms were not immediately available on the signing announced by the Hawks on Friday.

The Hawks signed first-round pick John Collins, a forward, on July 1.

NATIONAL

Knicks promote Mills to president, hire Perry as GM

NEW YORK — Scott Perry is with his third NBA franchise in three months, and is inheriting a massive challenge in New York.

Perry’s hiring as the Knicks’ general manager was announced Friday, along with Steve Mills’ promotion to another stint as president of the team. It’s all part of the upheaval for the Knicks created by the departure of former president Phil Jackson after three miserable seasons, and completes a whirlwind three months for Perry.

He was fired from his assistant GM role by Orlando in April, then hired as executive vice president in Sacramento, and now is off to New York.

“I will work tirelessly to develop a culture that demands results, commitment and pride from everyone fortunate enough to be associated with our team — from our staff to our players,” Perry said in a statement released by the Knicks. “Nothing comes close to Madison Square Garden for basketball and it is our right and responsibility to showcase that tradition of excellence, day and night. I can’t wait to get started.”

It has been far from a showcase of excellence at MSG for many years.

The Knicks were 80-166 in Jackson’s three seasons, the fifth-worst record in the NBA over that span. And the Knicks have won only one playoff series since going to the Eastern Conference finals in 2000.

There’s also a chance that the roster could see a major change before this fall, with speculation continuing that New York could trade Carmelo Anthony to Houston — if the sides can agree, and if Anthony agrees to waive his no-trade clause.

“We have several rising young stars in the organization and we expect to add more young talent to this core,” Mills said, in what could certainly be construed as a sign that a trade is coming. “Our message to our fans is clear: we will be disciplined in sticking to this strategy, hold our players and staff accountable to the high standards that we have set for ourselves, and deliver results.”

Perry, Mills and Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek will “discuss the team’s strategy moving forward” at a Monday news conference, the Knicks said.

Mills returns to the role he held briefly before Jackson was hired in March 2014 and Mills was made general manager.

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