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Eagles Ink Two Outstanding Basketball Signees

Eagles Ink Two Outstanding Basketball Signees
Hattiesburg, Miss. - Head Coach James Green and his Southern Miss basketball squad signed a pair of outstanding Mississippi high school players today, on the opening day of the spring signing period. They are Bay Springs' Jason Forte, who many publications rate as the top prospect in the state, and Jarekus Singleton of Clinton High School.

Forte is a 6-5, 205-pound shooting guard and Singleton a 6-2, 175-pound guard.

The two join fall signees Sam Richardson, a 6-4 guard from Hinds AHS and Geoffrey Brown, a 6-11 forward from Sheridan (Wyo.) Junior college.

"We are excited to add two high-level players from within our state," said Green. "Their offensive skills and athletic ability will make us better both offensively and defensively. I think our fans will really enjoy watching them play, along with the other young talent that we signed in the fall and coming back from last season's team.

"These players will allow us to do some things we haven't been able to do in recent years, and if we can generate increased fan support that will allow our players to feed off the fans' excitement, and vice versa, we can generate the kind of success we all want."

A 6-5, 205-pound shooting guard, Forte earned almost all the awards available to him throughout his career at Bay Springs. As a senior, he averaged 28 points, 9.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists a game. He earned the Best Offensive Player and Most Valuable Player award at Bay Springs High School as both a junior and senior. He also was awarded All-Division 7-2A honors in 2001 and 2002, was a first team member of the All-South State team in 2002 and is the Mississippi Association of Coaches 2-A State MVP.

He is a member of the Clarion-Ledger's Dandy Dozen, was the Jasper County MVP, and was nominated to the McDonald All-America team.

He earned Street & Smith High School All-American High Honorable Mention status, was an All-State Honorable Mention selection in 2001, a member of the Dorsey Sims All-Classic team and the All-Tournament team in the Bob Givens Tournament in North Carolina in 2001, ranked by Prep Stars as the 76th player in the nation in 2001, named to the National AAU Tournament first team in 2001 and will play in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game in June, 2002.

He also is solid academically, as well as active in extracurricular activities. He is a member of the BETA Club, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and earned Honor Roll status in 2001 and 2002.

Singleton averaged 20 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists as a senior. He also averaged 21 points a game as a junior. During the 2000-01 season he earned All-District honors and was named his school's Most Athletic.

He also was first team All-Metro in both 2001 and 2002, was named to the 2001 and 2002 All-State second team, is a member of the Clarion-Ledger's Dandy Dozen, is his team's Most Valuable Player from the recently-completed season and he also will play in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game in June.

The complete list of signees follows:

Name Pos Hgt Wgt Hometown/HS/JC
Geoffrey Brown F 6-11 230 St. Paul, Minn./Sheridan JC
Jason Forte G 6-5 205 Bay Springs, Miss./Bay Springs HS
Sam Richardson G 6-4 200 Edwards, Miss./Hinds AHS
Jarekus Singleton G 6-2 175 Clinton, Miss./Clinton HS

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