From school reports



East Mississippi Community College’s David McFarland will continue his college basketball career at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The sophomore guard signed his National Letter of Intent during a Tuesday afternoon signing event on the EMCC campus.

A two-year standout for head coach Billy Begley, McFarland led the EMCC Lions in scoring (17.3 ppg) and rebounding (6.2 rpg) this past season as the lone team member to start all 21 games. The Raymond High School product also shot 49 percent overall from the field, 40 percent from three-point range, including a team-high 52 made 3-pointers, and 77 percent from the free throw line.

“SIUE is a pretty good fit for me,” McFarland noted. “The coaches there believe I can be a good centerpiece and help take the program to the next level.”  

With nine 20-point outings and three double-doubles as a sophomore, McFarland was tabbed MACJC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week during the second week of the 2016-17 hoops campaign after scoring a career-high 30 points (10-of-19 FGs & 8-of-8 FTs) and grabbing 10 rebounds against Wallace Community College-Selma on Nov. 7.  The 6-foot-4, 180-pound performer also recorded double-doubles against Faith Prep Academy (17 pts & 10 rebs) and Wallace State Community College-Hanceville (25/11).

“We are excited to have David join our 2017 recruiting class.  We’re adding a high character individual with a strong work ethic,” said SIUE head men’s basketball coach Jon Harris.  “David is committed to his development both on the court and in the classroom, while his day-to-day approach will be a great addition to our locker room.  His length and athleticism give him good versatility on both ends of the floor.”