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The lineage of former Trion Bulldogs in the Georgia Northwestern men’s basketball program can be traced back to the inception of the college’s program. Names such as Dustin Rosser, Matt Hill, Bud Todd, and most recently Hunter Ivester, have been standouts who have layed the foundation for the Bobcats.
Last week, two more names were added to that impressive list.
Bulldog seniors Jared Wigley and Kaleb Stoner will trade in royal blue for navy blue next season after signing paperwork to join the Bobcats for the 2014-15 season.
The duo helped lead Trion to a sparkling 22-4 record and an unbeaten run in 6A-A subregion play this past season.
Trion head coach Lanny Thomas said GNTC is getting two outstanding young players.
“Kaleb is an explosive player who can score a lot of points in a hurry for you,” Thomas explained. “He can really deliver some instant offense. Jared is a great ball distributor and a real team player. He gets everyone involved in the offense, he’s a good ball-handler and he may have been our best defender.
“Plus, they are accustomed to winning here at Trion so (GNTC) Coach (David) Stephenson has got himself a couple of guys that knows what it takes to win.”
Wigley said signing to play in college is the realization of a dream he has had since he first starting playing the sport.
“It’s been my dream my whole life, ever since I was playing ball in the backyard,” he said. “I’ll bring a solid commitment to the team, lots of energy and lots of defense. I love to play defense.”
Stoner said he has big plans in store for his time with the Bobcats.
“Hopefully I’m going to bring them 10 or 11 more wins next year,” he said with a laugh. “But I’ve always played the game and I love it, so it’s great to know I get to go on and play in college.”
“We’ve always gotten good results from every player we’ve ever gotten out of Trion, and I think the addition of these two will continue that run of good quality kids for us,” Stephenson said. “Trion had a very successful year, so to be able to pull two of those kids from that squad will continue to help our program and continue the feeder program we have at that school. I’m excited.
“They are both very hard workers and I’m looking forward to seeing where we can plug them into next year’s roster. Lanny does a great job with the guys down here and gets them ready to play at the next level. Trion’s kids always work hard for us, which is something we love, and they are always good character kids.”
Both players said they have had discussion with Ivester about playing the college game.
“He’s says it’s totally different than playing in high school,” Wigley said. “He said it’s a lot faster and a lot more physical, but I’m ready for the battle.”