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Local trio signs with college in Kentucky

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By Dwane Wilder

Campbell County High School’s post tandem of Nick Litton and Tyler Chapman will join forces next year with Jellico High forward Ethan Shelley at Alice Lloyd College, an NAIA school in Eastern Kentucky.

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The three seniors announced their college decisions Thursday during a visit by members of the Alice Lloyd coaching staff.

Shelley signed his letter-of-intent first in a special ceremony at 11:30 a.m. inside the Jellico High School Library. He averaged 14 points, seven rebounds and six steals a game last season while leading the Blue Devils to the Region 2-A semifinals.

As valuable as Shelley was as a secondary scorer and rebounder, he was even more of a force on defense.

“I usually guarded (the other team’s) best player, and it was usually their point guard,” Shelley said.

After playing the role of sixth man during his junior year, Shelley made the most of his one season as starter.

“He can defend any position on the floor, from point guard to the big man,” Jellico coach Mike Reynolds said.

“He’s just a great kid. He embodies the two characteristics — toughness and good character — you want not only in a player but a person.”

Litton and Chapman signed their letters-of-intent during an early afternoon signing ceremony at the CCHS Library. The duo led the Cougars to their first winning season (18-14 overall) and regional tournament berth in three years.

Litton led Campbell County in scoring (12.6 ppg), rebounding (8.3 rpg), blocked shots (46) and steals (39). He also dished out 1.9 assists per outing.

Chapman averaged 5.6 points and 5 rebounds a game.

“Nick and Ty weren’t your typical go-to guys,” Campbell County coach Matt Housley said.

“When they came into high school, they had no ego, a great attitude, and worked super hard. And it shows by watching how unselfish they are. I really believe when it’s all said and done they’ll be better college players than high school due to the fact that they are constantly wanting to improve at every aspect of their game.

“They are the perfect teammates, the perfect leaders, and they really showed our younger players what the word dedication really means. I’m just proud to say I was their coach, even if it was just for one season.”

The 6-foot-6 Litton, the tallest of the three local signees, is thankful for an opportunity to prove himself at the next level.

“I’m very excited and happy to get my education paid for and play the game I love,” Litton said.

Chapman echoed those sentiments, saying, “I’m glad I’ve got four more years to play ball.”

Alice Lloyd assistant coach Devin Adams is anxious to get Shelley, Litton and Chapman on campus. They are the college’s first three signees this year.

“I believe their length will help us as, defensively, we look to put a lot of pressure on the ball. Offensively, I like their range.”