Thomson High School's Mikel Paschal has accepted a scholarship to play basketball at Carver Bible College in Atlanta.
Paschal made the announcement during at a ceremonial signing May 19 at Thomson High School. His mother, Lenore Smith, attended the photo opportunity in the school media center, along with coach Michael Thomas and Assistant Principal Dr. Roderick Hilton.
Martin Carter Sr. will coach the Cougars this fall at the Division II school. The schedule last year included such well-known opponents as Loyola and Xavier of New Orleans.
Media specialist Tammy Kay Brunson, who photographs signings for the school, said she was impressed that Carver's Web site also lists a spiritual coach, Johnny Brown.
Paschal told The McDuffie Mirror that he played basketball all four years at Thomson High School, including his junior and senior years on the varsity. He said his favorite subject was mathematics, and he made special mention of teacher Vanessa Hill.
He said he will major in biology at Carver and hopes for a career in the medical field.
Thomas said Paschal played guard and averaged 11.2 points and three assists per game. "He shot over 50 percent from 3-point land," Thomas said in a brief news release. "Mikel is a hard worker, and I'm glad to see his hard work pay off."