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Basketball Skills Clinic, Bucks Meet and Greet scheduled at Motlow College Aug. 30

July 30, 2014

Motlow College men's head basketball coach Matt Sligh is inviting basketball hopefuls throughout the area to learn basic hoops fundamentals and meet the 2014-15 Bucks' team during a skills clinic on Saturday, Aug. 30, at Nisbett Center on the Moore County campus.

Basketball Skills Camp Registration Form

Registration is scheduled for 8:30 a.m., with the clinic to begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon. Following the clinic, participants will have the option of purchasing lunch and watching the Bucks perform drills and compete in contests on the Copperweld Arena floor.

The clinic is open to boys and girls from age kindergarten through high school seniors. The cost is $25 per child or $40 for families with two children attending. The optional lunch cost is $5.

To register for the skills clinic, visit the Motlow College athletics web site at www.MotlowSports.com and print the registration form, fill it out, and mail it to the address provided on the form. Registration can also be completed by emailing Coach Sligh at msligh@mscc.edu.


Motlow College adds state champion Jaylen Barford to Bucks' basketball roster

July 22, 2014

There has been a lot of excitement generated around the Motlow Bucks' basketball program since last season ended with a one-point, double-overtime loss in the semifinals of the Region VII Tournament.

Jaylen Barford
From the moment rising sophomore Dequon Miller, an All-American last season and the top-rated junior college point guard in the country, announced he would return to Moore County for a second year, the possibilities for a special season increased substantially.

Head Coach Matt Sligh has done his part in surrounding Miller, and the half-dozen other returning sophomores, with a talented group of incoming freshmen. The potential of the freshman class recently spiked again with the announcement that Jaylen Barford will join the Motlow roster for the coming season.

Barford is a 6'3" dynamic guard from South Side High School in Jackson, Tenn. All he did was lead his Hawks team to the Class AA state championship last season while averaging 22.5 points and seven rebounds per game. He is ranked by most recruiting services among the top ten high school players in the state.

"Jaylen is an outstanding signing for our program," said Sligh. "It's hard to find a player with his talent that also possesses such high character, but Jaylen has both. He is a dynamic player, both offensively and defensively. He makes championship plays in the biggest of moments and has handled pressure extremely well throughout his prep career.

"The accolades and offers he holds go a mile long," continued Sligh. "What I love best about Jaylen is that he is focused on reaching his potential through hard work. He doesn't want any favors and he wants to be pushed and coached hard. He comes from a great family who I look forward to coming alongside in developing Jaylen both on and off the floor."

Barford is the latest proven winner that Sligh has added to the Bucks' basketball family. In leading South Side to its championship last season, he scored the game-winning basket in the state semifinals to beat defending champion Christ Presbyterian Academy; a team that had won 94 consecutive games against in-state opponents and had beaten South Side for the state championship the previous season. South Side then beat East Nashville, and fellow Motlow signee Terry Holt, 91-83 in double overtime for the school's first basketball state championship. Barford scored 25 points for the Hawks in the title game while Holt had 26 for East Nashville.

"Jaylen has been coached extremely well by Damon Fuller at Jackson South Side, as well as in AAU by Dominique Redding and the Nashville Celtics," said Sligh. "He is a winner, a leader, and a great teammate. He fits our style of play perfectly and is a great addition to our roster of returners and signees."

Holt and Barford will now be teammates on Sligh's second Motlow team. After arriving in July 2013, Sligh had to quickly assemble his first Bucks squad, with his first signee being Miller. After a full recruiting season this year, the Bucks have assembled one of the most impressive classes in recent memory.

"As we have said throughout the spring and summer, it was our priority as a program to sign the state's top talent," added Sligh. "There is no better example of doing that than with Jaylen. He had several Division I schools and pretty much every junior college in the country recruiting him.

"We were able to start building a genuine relationship with Jaylen and his family early in the process and continue to do so the past several months. We outworked everyone, which in recruiting doesn't guarantee anything, but thankfully he chose Motlow," concluded Sligh.

The Bucks will soon assemble as a team in Lynchburg with the fall semester scheduled to begin Aug. 25. Official practice traditionally begins for National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) basketball teams on Oct. 1, with the regular season opening the final week of October.


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