June 28, 2017

CARTERVILLE – John A. Logan basketball coach Kyle Smithpeters has announced the signing of two more players for the 2017-18 season.

Clivonte Patterson of Ballard County High School just outside Louisville, Ky,. and Jonah Jackson of Maryville, Ind. have both signed letters of intent to attend John A. Logan and play for the Volunteers.

“Paterson, 6-4, is a very versatile player who can play a lot of positions,” Smithpeters said. “He is a lefty who can handle the ball, rebound and make shots. He is a tough match up.”

Patterson, recruited by several NCAA Division I schools, will be a freshman at Logan. He averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds per game last season at Ballard County.

“I became aware of Logan when my friend David Sloan signed with them. I checked with Jalen Perry who was last year’s leading scorer and he told me the coaches would really push me and that is what I wanted, Patterson said.” I want to be pushed both academically and athletically to reach my goal of being a Division I player. Being here this summer I’ve gotten to know some of the players and I really like it here, particularly living near the SIU campus in Carbondale.”

Jackson is a 6-4 wing player who is an outstanding shooter. He averaged 14 points 3 rebounds and 2 assists per game last season at Maryville High School.

“Jackson can really shoot the ball with 91 three-pointers last season,” Smithpeters said. “He is a good ball handler who is a tremendous competitor with a high basketball IQ.”

With the ability to spread the floor and make his teammates better, Jackson said he is really looking forward to playing at Logan. “I want to improve my academics and continue to improve as a basketball player,” he said. “I felt at home on my visit and I’m ready to get started. I can’t wait.”

Patterson and Jackson join (David) Sloan as members of this year’s recruiting class. They join returning players, 6-11 Aaron Twist and 6-7 Michael Tucker who played on last year’s team that was 24-7.