Four Bryant High School basketball players, Jared Sherfield, Kailex Stephens, Dylan Robertson, and Marcus Bates Jr., signed their letters of intent on Wednesday.
“I don't think I’ll be able to replace these guys, this is a group that came here and put our program on the map,” said head coach Shon Peck-Love. “Great kids, great character, great athleticism.”
The quartet was the nucleus for a team that won a Class 6A state title in 2017 and finished as state runner-up in 2018.
Sherfield, who was All-State second team and member of the Alabama-Mississipi all-star roster this past season, is off to Tennessee Tech. The 6-foot-5 guard chose Tennessee Tech over University of Texas-El Paso, South East Missouri State, Grambling State, among others.
“What really made me choose Tennessee Tech was that it was really my first offer, and when I took my visit, they welcomed me with open arms,” Sherfield said. “It really just felt like the best fit for me.”
Robertson signed with Wingate University, just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. He selected Wingate over Army, Navy and Shelton State. The 6-foot-8 power forward was selected to the Alabama-Mississippi all-star team along with Sherfield.
“The recruiting process was kind of crazy, it was up and down, but it was a fun experience,” Robertson said. “Wingate felt like home, it felt like Bryant. It felt like a college Bryant.”
Stephens, who was all-state honorable mention this past season, signed with Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina. Stephens also received offers from South Carolina Upstate and Florida Atlantic. Stephens is a versatile 6-foot-5 forward that plans on playing small forward in college.
“(The scholarship) means a lot, I’ve been dreaming about playing college basketball since I was a little kid,” Stephens said. “To fulfill my dream to play college basketball means a lot."
Bates Jr. signed with East Central Community College in Decatur, Mississippi. He received 18 offers, including University of Arkansas-Little Rock, Shelton State and Stillman.
“It’s good to know I’m going somewhere in life and moving on to bigger and better things,” Bates Jr. said.