BELLEVILLE — Wasting little time in reloading after an injury-riddled year, Southwestern Illinois College basketball coach Jay Harrington has hit the jackpot again in Alton.
And not at the Alton Belle Casino, either.
Harrington announced on Monday that Alton High senior Detae McMurray is one of two players who have given verbal commitments to attend SWIC beginning this fall for the 2014-15 season.
One of the leaders of an Alton squad that finished 22-6 last season, the 6-foot-2 McMurray will be the third Redbirds player in the last five years to play for the Blue Storm.
Current SWIC sophomore Jaquail Townser and former Blue Storm standout Tony Bradley also played at Alton.
"This continues our Alton connection in the past few years and we're just tickled to death that Detae has committed to play here,'' Harrington said. "He's a point guard and a player we consider to be one of the best players around."
McMurray averaged 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals for Alton, which was among the top large schools in the metro-east area this past year.
"We were looking to upgrade our guards and we feel that getting Datae is a good start," Harrington said. "He's a point guard and a shooting guard who can really shoot and he's got great quickness. But what I like the most is that he can really pass the basketball."
Also giving a verbal commitment to the Blue Storm was 6-10 Devon Sabo from Pleasant Plains High School.
"Devon is a project. He's got great hands, but he's got to work on his quickness and agility," Harrington said. "If he comes in and improves like we think he will, he's got a chance to be a very good player."
Verbal commitments for athletes are non-binding.
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