College Sports

Southwestern Illinois College lands Alton High School standout basketball player

Alton High School senior Darrius Edwards is the newest Southwestern Illinois College basketball commitment.

The 6-foot-2 Edwards averaged about 14 points a game this season for a Redbirds squad that finished 27-5 and reached the Class 4A Sectional title game before losing to eventual state tournament runner-up Normal (Community).

Heavily recruited by other top junior college programs such as Vincennes (Ind.) University and Moberly (Mo.), Edwards is the fourth Alton player in the past five years to commit to the Blue Storm.

“What do I like about Alton kids? They play hard, they are tough kids and they are extremely well coached and coachable young men. They know what it takes to be successful,” Harrington said. “We’ve had three very good basketball players and good kids in Tony, Jaquail and De’Antae who have had or having good careers here at SWIC and Darrius is the same kind of player.

“On the court, he has the ability to take the ball to the basket or he can step out and hit the 3-point shot. I think he had four of them when they (Alton) beat Collinsville in the game I saw a couple of weeks ago. We’re ecstatic to be able to add a player of Darrius’s level to our basketball program.”

Poindexter, McMurray, honored

Harrington also announced Wednesday that freshmen De’Antae McMurray and Quan Poindexter have been named to the 12-player Region 24 Team.

The 6-2 McMurray and 6-4 Poindexter were key members on a Blue Storm team which finished 17-14 and reached the Region 24 quarterfinals before losing to Wabash Valley College.

“Both De’Antae and Quan are very deserving of this honor,” Harrington said. “They both had outstanding freshmen seasons and the fact that they will be back along with several other players, makes me very optimistic about next year.

“I think we could be as good as we’ve been in many years.”

McMurray was also chosen as a second team Great Rivers Athletic Conference selection.