Men's Basketball Adds Garret Covington and Jabari Sandifer
Western Illinois lands two players to the Leatherneck family in Garret Covington (Edwardsville, Ill./Edwardsville) and Jabari Sandifer (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley).
MACOMB, Ill. - Western Illinois head coach Jim Molinari announced the signings of Jabari Sandifer (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) and Garret Covington (Edwardsville, Ill./Edwardsville) to the Fighting Leatherneck men's basketball program.
"We are very excited about the signings of Garret (Covington) and Jabari (Sandifer)," said head coach Jim Molinari. "They bring speed, ball skills, overall athletic ability, and most importantly, they bring character. Both of them come from successful programs. They both represented their high schools well on and off the court, and we expect them to do the same at Western Illinois. We want to build our program, whenever possible, with players that will be here for four years, come from winning programs, and are as good in the classroom as they are on the court."
Covington, a 6'5" senior at Edwardsville High School, helped lead his team to the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Super-sectionals last season as a junior by leading the team in points per game (17.8) and rebounds per game (7.6). He also averaged 2.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game, and connected on 86 triples and shot 41.6 percent from downtown in 2011-12.
Coach Molinari on Covington: "Garret is a very versatile perimeter player. He is someone that can play both the two (position) or the three (position). He will be able to come in right away and contribute with his three-point shooting ability, something that we will greatly miss next season with the loss of Ceola (Clark) and Jack (Houpt). He is long and capable of being a very good wing defender."
Sandifer, a 6'1" senior at Neuqua Valley High School, averaged 11 points, four rebounds, and five assists per game last year as a junior. Neaqua Valley finished 15-12 in 2011-12 during Sandifer's junior year. Sandifer also played AAU basketball this past summer for the Illinois Attack. He helped his team knock out three high-profile AAU teams in the Illinois Wolves, The Family of Detroit, and the MBA Select, to win the 2012 GRBA National Championships.
Coach Molinari's thoughts: "We are glad Jabari signed his letter of intent today. After watching him all summer, we identified him as our top point guard recruit. He is good with and without the ball, he is a very good contributor, and will be a excellent defender because of his quickness. We are really excited to have him as apart of our family."
To view a article about the signings courtesy of ChicagoHoops.com, click HERE.
The Fighting Leathernecks play at SIU-Edwardsville this evening (Nov. 14) at 7 p.m.