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LSCPA’s Nathan Bailey, Alex Williams sign with 4-year colleges

Two Lamar State College Port Arthur basketball players have officially committed to four-year college programs.

Forward Nathan Bailey, a first-team Region XIV selection, signed with NCAA Division II member Northwestern Oklahoma State University, and guard Alex Williams will play at NAIA program Jarvis Christian College.

Bailey, a 6-foot-5 junior from New Orleans, was a standout 3-point shooter (34.7%) who averaged 11.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last season. His 3-point basket with 15 seconds left helped the Seahawks take an 86-85 win over 10th-ranked Trinity Valley Community College on Jan. 4.

Bailey also had a season-high 29 points against Lee College on Feb. 13.

Williams, a 5-foot-9 junior from Houston, had a flair for the heroics as well at Lee on Jan. 16. His 3-ball with 4.3 seconds helped Lamar State come from 17 points down to knock off the archrival Rebels, 72-71.

Williams averaged 4.3 points, 2 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game, but shot 75.6% from the free throw line.

Northwestern Oklahoma State, based in Alva, went 8-20 last season and 6-16 in the Great American Conference. Jarvis, located in Hawkins (just west of Longview), finished 3-22, earning all of its victories in the Red River Athletic Conference.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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