By Anthony S. Puca
Cornersville Bulldog Jake Agent has committed to continue his education and play basketball at Maryville College, located just outside of Knoxville, Tenn. Agent is the son of Paul and Juwana Agent of Cornersville.
Agent, recently named the team's MVP for the 2007 season, was a four year letterman on the hoops squad. He was also named to the All-District team and the All-District Tournament team this season. In his senior season, Agent averaged 10.6 points per game, 7.4 rebounds per game, while shooting 50.5 percent from the field.
First year Bulldog coach Adrian Wilson, who was present at the signing said, "We take a lot of pride in Jake and the school and his signing means a lot to our commitment to the basketball program here at Cornersville. It not just about basketball though, it is about Jake getting a good education and having a good future."
Agent to join a successful Fighting Scots Program
Maryville Assistant coach and Assistant Sport's Information Director, Kendall Wallace, who made the trip to Cornersville on Wednesday to sign Agent said, "We watched Jake's progress throughout the years and we know he is a great kid. We needed a solid post player because we lost both of our starters to graduation last season. He has a soft touch around the basket, has that big body, and knows how to position himself very well. Jake also plays with a lot of effort."
The Fighting Scots are used to success, illustrated by their ninth straight appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2007. The Great South Athletic Conference Champions finished the 2006-2007 campaign with a 22-7 record, an undefeated regular season record, and won the conference championship before losing to Mississippi College 76-56 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Head Coach Randy Lambert, Fighting Scot alum, has coached at the school for 27 years and has over 500 wins to his credit. Lambert, in a press release said, "Jake has demonstrated the fundamentals and skills it takes to play on the college level. Coupled with his size, he has the potential to contribute in the near future." Lambert also said, "Jake is an outstanding young man who possesses the qualities to be successful in our program."
Agent talks about his opportunity and Cornersville
This small town young man has dreamed about playing basketball at college since he was a young boy and said," This means a lot to me and my family, it is something I always wanted to do since I was a kid. I am real excited, real happy, but I think my mom is the most excited. She told me how proud she was that I stuck to it."
Agent's mother Juwana said, "We are all blessed, this is an opportunity for Jake to get an excellent education and to play basketball. We never dreamed that we would be able to send Jake to a Division III school, let alone a private school."
"Jake will now get an education that some kids dream about," she added.
"It will be a great experience leaving Cornersville to play at Maryville," Agent stated," It was an opportunity I could not pass up, but I will definitely miss Cornersville. I will miss my family, my friends, and just Cornersville in general."
Agent had some words of wisdom for other kids in Marshall County chasing a dream of going to college by way of the athletic route when he stated, "If you really want something, work hard at it and don't let anyone tell you can't do it."