From Staff Reports
Add another south Alabama catch for the Dalton State College’s basketball team.
The Roadrunners signed senior point guard Ricky Sears Monday after the 22-year-old spent his junior season at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., where DSC assistant coach John Redman was a graduate assistant last season.
As a freshman, Sears played for Wallace State, a junior college in Hanceville, Ala. He played at Bevil State in Jasper, Ala., for his sophomore season and averaged 20 points per game.
As a junior at Spring Hill, he led the Badgers to wins versus National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) top 25 programs Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.), Emmanuel College (Franklin Springs) and the State University of New Orleans.
Power forward Nathan Terry signed with the Roadrunners earlier this month after playing for one season at Faulkner State Community College, in Bay Minette, Ala., also in the southern part of the state.
Redman was hired earlier this month as the first assistant coach to join Ingle’s staff. Ingle was hired around a year ago to be the school’s new men’s head basketball coach.
Redman’s ties to Spring Hill and Sears helped bring the guard to Dalton, where the Roadrunners begin their first season of collegiate basketball since the 1970s. DSC will compete in the NAIA, without conference affiliation.
“We’ve developed a familiarity,” Redman said in a press release. “I helped to recruit him to Spring Hill and he was a good player for us and a good leader. I’m excited that he is in the Dalton State program.”
“He brings a lot to the table,” Ingle said in the release.
“He’s multifaceted. He’s a combo guard. He is small and competitive enough that we could go a small line-up and he could play three positions.”
Sears said he looks forward to working with the coaches in beginning a new athletic tradition.
“I’m looking forward to getting back here in a couple of weeks,” he said.
“It’s going to be a big year for us.”
Sears played at Austin High in Decatur, Ala.
The Roadrunners’ 2013-2014 season begins Oct. 30 when Redman and Sears travel to their old home at Spring Hill. The first home game at the trade center is Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. against Hiwassee College. The Roadrunners also travel to Southern Wesleyan University in Central, S.C. on Nov. 5 and Belhaven University in Jackson, Miss., on Nov. 30.