LEVELLAND, Texas - Two South Plains College Texan basketball players announced their intentions to attend four-year universities to continue pursuing academics as well as their basketball careers Thursday afternoon in the T-Club lounge.
Greg Gainey, an All-WJCAC and Region 5 performer for the Texans a year ago, will attend the University of Texas at Arlington beginning with the 2012-13 school year which will be the school's first season competing in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The Maverick's are coached by Scott Cross.
Stanton Kidd will play for coach LeVelle Moton's North Carolina Central Eagle squad, located in Durham, N.C. and whom participates in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
Both players said the atmosphere of their visits to each school led to them to making their decision due to the unity of the team and the coaching staff. Gainey added that UTA the fact that UTA is upgrading their facilities made it an even easier decision. Kidd said conversations with his family and SPC coach Steve Green helped him to decide to sign early rather than wait.
"I thought about it for a while. Coach Green was telling me about the other schools that were looking at me and he told me before I went to visit, ‘If you love the place, go ahead and sign, and if not, weigh you options out. You have a lot of time.'
Kidd added that he discussed the matter with his father who advised him to make the decision that was best for him.
Gainey said his nearly three semesters at SPC and time working with Coach Green has been very positive.
"I have learned to work hard," said Gainey. Kidd added that Green is one of the best coaches he has ever had.
Before each player packs their bags and moves east, they have plenty of business to finish with the Texans. On Friday, November 11, the Texans square off with sixth-ranked Trinity Valley Community College followed by a math-up with No. 13 ranked Lamar-Port Arthur on Saturday, November 12. Both games will be played at Midland College.