July 29, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College men’s basketball team added depth to the guard slot Wednesday with the announced signing of Jarvis Calhoun, a 6-foot sophomore guard transferring from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

“We’re excited about Jarvis. He’s a dynamic guard who scored well at the prep level,” said JALC head coach Kyle Smithpeters. “The fact that he played some at UAB last year, a team that competed in the NCAA Tournament, is important. To have that experience under his belt is a major step forward for us when you consider how many players we lost to graduation.”

Calhoun saw only limited action with UAB (11 games with a high mark of three points against UCLA), but was a scoring machine in high school, averaging 25 points a game as a junior and 18 points a game his senior year. He was a four-year varsity starter at Hewitt-Trussville and finished with more than 2,000 career points.

Calhoun made the Birmingham News All-Metro team in both his junior and senior seasons and was honored as a first-team selection for the Alabama Sportswriters Association’s All-State Team following his senior year after receiving honorable mention status his junior year.

Calhoun said he made his decision to come to Logan after he and his family met with Smithpeters and assistant coach, Zach Carpenter.

“I think it’s going to be a great fit for me,” he said. “My family and I were really impressed with the coaches coming down here to meet us. I’m ready to get to work. You can say that I’m coming in with a chip on my shoulder. I want to prove to people how good a player I can be.”

Calhoun said he can pass and penetrate the lane, but his ability to knock down shots is probably his greatest asset.

“I’m looking forward to meeting my new teammates. It’s going to be a different experience for me to be away from home. I think I’m up to the task.”

Smithpeters described Calhoun as “a great kid with great ability” and is confident that he will help make the Vols a winner this coming season.

“I think with the players we have returning and the additions we have made so far this off season…things are shaping up to be another successful season,” he said. “We still have a couple of spots yet to fill. We’re taking our time to make sure we get the guys we want.”

 

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