Rebel basketball standout Chris Sain inks letter with WBC

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Pictured are, from left: Front - WBC assistant coach Stanley Malcolm, Sain, signing letter of intent, brother and sister-in-law, Alteeno and Kayla Sain. Back: Garrett Grimes, Riverside assistant coach Kevin Hall, Rebel head coach Buster Campbell, Landon Moyer and Dylan Austin.
(Town Crier photo/Trent Fletcher)

Riverside standout Chris Sain inked a national letter of intent with Williams Baptist College Thursday morning at the Riverside High School Gym in Lake City. By signing with the Eagles, Sain will fulfill a lifelong dream of playing basketball on the collegiate level.

The 6’3” combination guard/forward propelled the Rebels to a 31-12 record this past season. Sain helped lead Riverside to a regional title and a spot in the 3A state semifinals. Sain averaged 10.3 points per contest while pulling down 7.8 boards per game. Sain also shot 53 percent from the field while making 67 percent of his free throw attempts. Sain finished the season with 332 rebounds, which ranks as the fourth highest single season total in Riverside history. Sain’s accomplishments garnered him all conference honors.

“I feel really good about this,” Sain said. “I’ve been a Rebel my whole life. I played for a great coach at Riverside, and I’m looking forward to furthering my career at WBC. I think my experience here at Riverside has me prepared to play at the next level. A lot of the things we do here are similar to what WBC does. It’s been a dream of mine to play college ball, and I’m excited to be playing for a good Christian school. That’s very important to me. I am really happy to be going to WBC.”

Riverside head coach Buster Campbell said Sain is ready to play college ball. “Chris is very athletic. He can do ESPN highlight dunks and he’s developed a good outside shot. I think he has an opportunity to be a very good player for WBC. I think he has a lot of untapped potential. He got better and better for us as the year went on,” Campbell said.

“Chris is a great player,” said Williams Baptist College assistant coach Stanley Malcolm. “He has a lot of potential that he hasn’t tapped into yet that we can get out of him. With his athletic ability, he’s the type player we look for. Chris is very versatile. We?re not sure exactly how we’ll use him yet. We may play him on the perimeter or down low, it just depends on the situation. We’re excited to have Chris as part of our program.”

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