Manila senior Kam Ashabranner was the guest of honor Thursday evening as family and friends gathered at the Manila Community Center to join him as he signed a letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Arkansas-Monticello.
(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
He was All conference (three years); All NEA (two years), all Region (three years) and All State (two years).
He recently was named MVP in the Senior Sun Classic.
Kam said he had great coaches. He played for Coach Bill Taylor for two years and BIC Coach Dion Hargrove for one year during his high school career.
"I have had great teammates," he said. "Every game was a team effort. I have really enjoyed playing with them."
He also played for his dad, Todd Ashabranner, during summers in AAU teams.
Kam said he is looking forward to playing college basketball. He said he liked the UAM coaching staff and that helped him make his decision.
"Coach Sharp and Coach Woodruff are both winning coaches," Kam said. "They are not only winning coaches but they are Christian based and that is important to me."
Coach Taylor said Kam has put in as much time in the gym as anyone he has ever coached.
"He deserves this opportunity," Coach Taylor said. "He continually works and is a leader by example. It is no accident he is here tonight for the signing. UAM is getting a great player."
The Manila Lions finished 26-9 and was state runner up Kam's junior year, and in his senior year finished 29-7 was in the final 8, conference champions, district runner-up and regional runner-up.
Before going to the college level, Kam has one more game as he will play in the all Start game June 22 at Fayetteville.
Kam thanked everyone for coming and for their support through the years. He said he is looking forward to playing in the Gulf South Conference.
Kam is the son of Todd and Lisa Ashabranner.