(Trenton, Georgia) – In the same Spring Quarter where Georgia Northwestern said goodbye to its only All-Conference first-teamer in Trenton, Georgia’s Jesse Moore, GNTC Head Coach David Stephenson went back to Wolverine country to pick up more Dade County products for the 2011-12 Bobcat Basketball season. Guard Houston Moon and forward Robby Chitwood have signed their letters of application to Georgia Northwestern.
“We’ve had great success from our Dade County student-athletes over the years,” said Stephenson. “We are losing a great leader and a tremendous hustler in Jesse (Moore). I think Robbie (Chitwood) will be able to help in that category. And we are losing our leading scorer from this past season in Kyle (Wilson). Having another person like Houston (Moon) who can step up and shoot from outside is huge for us.”
Kyle Wilson, an Armuchee, Georgia product, finished7 his second year as a student-athlete at Georgia Northwestern as the college’s all-time leading scorer. “Kyle and Jesse, our co-captains this season, provided our team with true leadership,” said Stephenson. “And now with them moving on, we are absolutely thrilled to be getting two more out of Coach (Glen) Hicks’ program.”
During the past three seasons at Dade County, Head Coach Glen Hicks’ squads have compiled a remarkable 77-13 record. “He is a true motivator who can get his kids to do anything on the court,” said Stephenson. Moore graduated from Dade County High School in 2009. His senior year at DCHS, Moore’s squad finished with a 27-4 mark which won 14 in a row to kick-off their Cinderella season. A season which saw DCHS win a double-overtime thriller in the round of 16.
Not to be outdone, Chitwood and Moon’s 2010-11 version of the Wolverines went on runs of 10 and 14 straight wins, respectively. Finishing their senior season with a 25-5 mark, these two new Cat Country recruits are excited about 2011. “The never-say-day attitude they have apparently comes standard in all Dade student-athletes,” said Stephenson. “We are really excited about what they bring to the table.”
The fifth-year head coach of Georgia Northwestern says Chitwood and Moon bring more than hardwood talent to Georgia Northwestern. “One thing you hear about Robbie and Houston is that not only are they good athletes, but they are good student-athletes,” said Stephenson. “They are truly good kids. That’s huge for us because that’s what we are looking for first and foremost. We want good attitude and good character. Next year will be my 25th year of coaching basketball and I’m not about to form a team that will consists of students with poor character and represent themselves and the college in a negative light.”
At 6-foot-4, 200-pounds, Chitwood will be someone who will have to play hard on the inside for Georgia Northwestern as they battle it out in Region XVII of the NJCAA in the 2011-12 season. “He’s a banger,” said Hicks. “Robbie does what’s asked of him on the court. No questions asked. And we’ve given him some tough assignments. He never disappoints.”
Chitwood’s parents have really enjoyed watching him grow over the years. “He’s very aggressive on the court and really gets the crowd excited,” said Sandra Chitwood, Robbie’s mom. “I know our family is really happy about the fact that Coach (David) Stephenson seems to be a good Christian man who is more concerned with helping his players grow into good people first.” Still deciding on his major, Chitwood plans to enlist in the U.S. Navy after completing his two-year degree at Georgia Northwestern.
As for Moon, he says he and Chitwood have been getting plenty of college-level experience already. “Jesse, me, my older brother, Dillon, and some of the other guys around get together and play ball all the time,” said Moon. “They helped me really consider Georgia Northwestern. I’m really happy with my decision.” The 6-foot-1, 160-pound guard for Dade County will join fellow Dade County alum Ben Patton as an outside threat from the perimeter. Patton set the college’s record for most three-pointers in a game as a freshman with six three-pointers versus visiting Crown College last season.
“It was his choice. I’m glad he picked Georgia Northwestern and is staying close to home,” said David Moon, Houston’s father. “After listening to the Georgia Northwestern recruiters that came to the high school this year, it really feels like we have a goldmine in our own backyard. When Houston was younger he would say his goal was to play in the NBA. But, in reality, he has a great future in whatever career he chooses to pursue at Georgia Northwestern.” Moon says he’d like to eventually pursue a career in education and athletics management.
On May 25, the Bobcats will hold an open workout session for anyone interested in trying out for Men’s Basketball in 2011-12. It takes place at The R.A.C., Rossville Athletic Complex, at 2 p.m. Official men’s basketball tryouts for Georgia Northwestern will take place after the Fall Semester begins in August.
For more information on Bobcats Basketball at Georgia Northwestern, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706-764-3813. You may also e-mail Don Foley in the Office of Sports Information at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College, visit their website at GNTC.edu.