Manila Senior signs with Williams Baptist College

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Manila Lion Scott Eubanks signs to play basketball for Williams College. Pictured with Scott are his parents, Brad and Tonia Eubanks, and Manila Coach Lee Wimberley and Williams Coach Josh Austin.

Manila Senior Lion Scott Eubanks was the guest of honor Wednesday afternoon on his home court as he signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge.

Manila senior boys' coach Lee Wimberley welcomed family and guests to the signing ceremony.

"Scott is one of the hardest working young players I have ever coached in my career," Coach Wimberley said. "He works hard and never stops no matter if it is practice, in the weight room, on the floor. All high school basketball players look for the opportunity to continue playing and he is getting that opportunity. It is well deserved. I know he is happy and his parents are happy. Scott has had a great three year run and we hope he has four more great years. We know what he is capable of."

Scott Eubanks gets a congratulations from his teammates and coach during a signing ceremony.

Williams College Coach Josh Austin was at the signing welcoming Scott.

Scott is the son of Brad and Tonia Eubanks.

Scott thanked everyone for their support through the years and attending the signing ceremony.

The 6'2" senior is a two time All State, two time All NEA, and 2 time All Conference player. He led the Lions as captain of the team his senior year. The three year starter scored over 1,350 points during his high school career which ended a few games short due to an injury in the semi-finals of the district tournament.

It was the last 10 seconds of the game, Manila was up by six points, and Scott came down injuring his ACL. He returned to the side line in his wheelchair to cheer the team on the last two games of the season.

"Over the last two years the Lions received two conference championship and the first ever Regional Championship," Coach Wimberley said. "Scott was an integral part of that. He will be tough to replace."

During his senior year Scott averages 18.7 points a game and 9.6 rebounds. Last year he averaged 17.6 points a game with 8.9 rebounds.

Coach Wimberley said Scott had the most votes for the All Star team to be played in June but due to the injury he had to decline. Coach Wimberley was chosen to coach the All Star Team.

"He should be right where he needs to be to begin the fall practices at Williams," Coach Wimberley said.

The sentiment on the poster on display -- Congratulations Scott -- "You've roared like a Lion and now go soar like an Eagle" -- sent him with well wishes from his friends.

A reception was held in the gym lobby following the signing ceremony.

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