Turman signs with Huntingdon College

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 9, 2003

Birds of a feather flock together, but sometimes birds change.

Troy Turman is making the jump from Pleasant Home Eagle to Huntingdon Hawk.

Turman, a two-time state champion, has signed a letter-of-intent with Huntingdon College in Montgomery.

Turman, who was on two Class 1A State Championship basketball teams during his high school career at Pleasant Home School, signed with Huntingdon College last week. He hopes to get playing time as a freshman for the Hawks.

Turman has a strong list of credentials on his basketball resume, including his selection to the 2001-2002 All-State Team and the 2001-2002 South All-Star Team.

Hoops, however, is not Turman's only focus. He is also a stellar student with a 3.58 grade point average which is good enough to graduate fifth in his class of 51 students.

The Huntingdon Hawks just completed their final provisional year as an NCAA Division III team. Huntingdon is a member of the Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC).

The Hawks have had two disappointing seasons.

The Hawks did not reach double figures in wins either of the last two seasons winning just five games during the 2001-2002 season.

The Hawks recorded a 5-21 record this past season, including a 1-7 conference record in just their second season in the GSAC.

Turman was a leader for the Pleasant Home Eagles the past two seasons playing the point guard position. He was also a clutch three-point shooter for Pleasant Home Head Coach Anthony Clark and played a key role in the 2001-2002 state championship team.

Turman will now be coached by Tony Duckworth who is a 1990 graduate of Bob Jones University.

Duckworth has been coaching five years and has a career record of 61-91. He just completed his third season as head coach of the Hawks where he has compiled a record of 9-23.

Duckworth said the Hawks should begin play as a NCAA Division III team in August after three years of provisional status.

He also said he is excited about the addition of Turman.

"He's going to bring a lot to the table," Duckworth said. "He comes from a program with a lot of tradition and success.

"We feel that will be beneficial to our program here at Huntingdon College," he added.