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|Gary signs with McLellan|
Sicily Island's Karlos Gary, who Tiger head coach Curtis Shavers calls the best player he's ever coached, has signed a letter of intent with McLennan Junior College in Waco, Texas.
"This is something I have always dreamed of," Gary said. "It feels great. I know I can play at the next level and I don't think there's any doubt I can play Division I ball. But things happen for a reason. I just have to take the long route and show what I can do to take it to the next level."
The 5-foot-11 Gary averaged 27.4 points for the Tigers, who advanced to the Class C quarterfinals before losing to state champion Reserve Christian, 70-63. Gary scored 33 points in that contest.
Gary was named All-State and Mr. Basketball at Sicily Island two straight yeas. He was also the District 5C MVP his junior and senior seasons.
Gary is the second player Shavers has had sign with a college. Lamar Ambers signed with Tyler Junior College before opting to go to Grambling.
Donald Dunbar walked on at Grambling in football, but an injury before the season kept him from playing.
"Karlos has all the skills," said Shavers, who has been coaching at Sicily Island for 21 years. "He's a great kid and a great athlete. He's a hard worker who is determined to succeed. His dream is to one day play at Baylor and he's opened the door to do that."
Shavers said Gary has worked hard on his ball-handling skills.
"They have improved quite a bit," Shavers said. "Every other part of his game is there - defense, rebounding, hitting the 3-pointer and short jumper and penetrating to the goal,"
"I think McLellan is a good fit for me," Gary said. "I'm going to work harder and if it's in God's plans, I believe the sky is the limit."
In its 40-year history the MCC men's basketball program has recorded 945 wins and 357 losses for a .730 winning percentage. The program has brought home 23 conference titles, two regional titles and has racked up numerous all-conference and all-region honors.
The Highlanders average 23 wins per season and have boasted eight All-Americans and three NBA players.
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