In the aftermath of a state championship that keeps on giving, three Bowie boy’s basketball players signed their letters of intent to play college basketball on Monday to Yellowstone Christian College in Montana.
Recent 2018 graduates and starters on the state championship team Keck Jones and Kason Spikes signed, along with 2016 Bowie graduate Chase Hall.
Recruited by Centurion’s Coach Isaiah Boxell, the son of former Bowie Coach Doug Boxell, all three have worked with him during the years to help improve their game.
“I like that they come from a championship program,” Isaiah said. “I like their fundamentals. I like their character. I think those things can translate at the next level.”
Jones and Spikes are coming off a state championship where both started all year and were key cogs for several seasons.
Spike’s best games came when his team needed him most in the regional final against Brock, in the state semifinal game against Grandview and in the closing seconds of the state championship game against Mount Vernon, when he sank the game clinching free throws with a few seconds to go. He was rewarded by being named to the all-state and all-region teams as well as being named co-defensive player of the year in the district.
Jones was a three-year starter and was named first team all district his sophomore and senior year. His junior year he was co-district most valuable player and was named to the all-region team. Jones plans to pursue a business degree in the finance field while Spikes is undecided.
Hall’s road was a little different. Hall played basketball for Bowie a few years ago. He was named district MVP as a junior and was district defensive MVP as a senior. He also was named to the all-region team his junior year.
Hall also shined on the football field as a wide receiver and defensive back for the Jackrabbits. He was named first team all district on both offense and defense his junior and senior seasons. He signed his letter of intent to go play college football at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Some recurring injuries he had in high school caught up with him in college and Hall transferred after one year to Midwestern State University.
With his focus just being on school and completing his kinesiology degree so he could become a coach, Hall got a call one day.
“I had never really tried to pursue basketball even though it was really what I always wanted to do,” Hall said. “Now I have that opportunity. I have three years left and I will make them count.”
To read the full story, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.