MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College & State University men’s basketball program and head coach Terry Sellers announced the addition of Ryan LeGates for the 2010-11 season Wednesday.
LeGates comes to Milledgeville as a sophomore transfer from USC Upstate, a Division I program competing in the Atlantic Sun Conference. He re-joins former high school teammate and current Bobcat Ryan Aquino (Roswell, Ga.). LeGates is originally from Marietta, Ga. where he played at Blessed Trinity under head coach Brian Marks. In his senior year, he led Blessed Trinity to the AA State Championship game.
As a freshman at USC Upstate, LeGates started 14 games and averaged 7.9 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.6 assists. He connected on 37 three pointers (.343) and went 45-58 (.775) from the free throw line. Ryan scored 18 points in his final game for USC Upstate vs. Stetson University.
“Ryan is a 6-foot-3 guard that we expect to come in right away and be an impact player,” said Sellers. “We really like his scoring ability and his versatility to swing over and play the point guard position. Ryan played in an outstanding high school program at Blessed Trinity and has a year of Division I experience under his belt. We are very excited he has chosen to continue his career here at Georgia College.”
The Bobcats are fresh off a 22-6 season in 2009-10, winning the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) West Division title. Georgia College has now made back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1999-2000 and picked up its fourth 20-win season in the past five years. The Bobcats were ranked as high as No. 14 in the NABC National Rankings. Georgia College loses five Seniors including Graham Martin who was named first team all-conference and Ty Rowland who was a third team all-conference selection.
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