WINNSBORO — Three Fairfield Central High School senior basketball players signed their national letter of intent to play basketball at the collegiate level on Wednesday.
Keith Workman, Jada Martin and Christian Thompson all signed to play at Spartanburg Methodist College next season.
The college is a Division I member of Region X of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Region X includes colleges in the Carolinas, West Virginia and Virginia.
Fairfield Central Athletic Director Terrell Roach emphasized the importance of being a student-athlete, with the emphasis on student.
“I’m glad to see that all three of these players have a grade point average of 3.0 and above,” he stated at the signing event. “I’m glad to see that they have matured and are moving on to bigger things. I expect great things from all of them.”
Fairfield Central Principal Tracie Swilley echoed Roach’s comments.
“They really epitomize what it is to be a student-athlete,” she said. “I don’t have to deal with any discipline from these students and it has truly been an honor. I’m proud of them as athletes and I’m proud of them as students with their level of academic achievement. It has been an honor to cheer them on all season.”
Workman selected Spartanburg Methodist because it showed him everything he wanted in a school.
“I just see that school (Spartanburg Methodist) as the perfect way to get into what I want,” he explained after signing his letter of intent.
Workman plans on studying sports management.
He was a two-time co-captain, all-region and all-state player as a Griffin.
Fairfield Central head coach Devin Liferidge said Workman was an awesome leader on and off the court.
“The most impressive award is his transcript,” Liferidge noted. “Those numbers are really amazing. I’ve never had a phone call about a behavior issue or him being late to a class. He’s an awesome kid and he was a joy to coach. I’m excited about watching him play at the next level.”
Thompson said she chose Spartanburg Methodist because of the whole experience on her visit.
“It was just everything from the coaches and the team, they really drew me into basketball,” she said.
Thompson specifically noted the positive vibe and family atmosphere at Spartanburg Methodist.
Some of her fondest memories included winning the region III-AA title, receiving various awards and playing basketball with her friends.
Martin is excited to take her game to the next level and cited some of her reasons that led to her selecting Spartanburg Methodist as her college destination.
“It was just the campus, the coaches and everything,” she noted.
Although Martin has a laundry list of personal accomplishments including being voted the 2A State Player of the Year, Region III-AA Player of the Year, SCBCA All-State and South Carolina vs North Carolina All-Star, the memory she singled out as her favorite was when the Lady Griffins beat Columbia High School to seal the region III-AA title.
Lady Griffin head coach Cedrick Simpson believes both Martin and Thompson will have success in the collegiate ranks.
“I’m proud of them and I believe they’ll do an excellent job at the next level,” he said.