After winning the National Association of Christian Athletes Elite Division championship in a tournament Feb. 25-27 in Dayton, Tennessee, Faith Baptist Christian Academy’s national prep team players got several college offers.
According to first-year coach Keith Graves, nearly every player on his national basketball team will take his skills to the collegiate level of play. Two players were immediately signed to the Serbia national team.
“As soon as we won the national championship people kept wanting to talk to our players and check in with us about our players,” he said.
The Ludowici national prep team went 57-14 for the year and remained undefeated in its region, at 18-0.
The coach said in addition to winning the title, the players did four showcases through the off season to display their talents in front of several college scouts which paid off.
It was a somewhat difficult year for the team going through an emotional roller coaster of winning the national title in February and then having the school be raided by federal authorities in March.
At the time of the raid, U.S. Department of Homeland Security spokesman Vincent Picard said agents from one of the agency’s area offices executed a federal search warrant in support of an ongoing criminal investigation.
To this day, no charges have been filed, nor fines levied, against the school by federal authorities.
The gym that housed several international students was temporarily closed until certain repairs were made, but the damage to the school’s reputation had been done.
Graves said Faith Baptist is a great place to work, and he is happy to come back for his second year of coaching.
“I plan on being here a long time,” Graves said, adding that he will chase his sixth championship ring in his coaching career and that the school will attempt its 12th consecutive title.
But the coach added that it will be difficult this year because most of the national-prep team players have signed scholarships and graduated.
The coach said he and his staff are working on building the team, and in the upcoming year, several local players will make the roster after enrolling in the school.
Keymont Jenkins signed with Sheridan College; Jovan Elezovic signed with Northeast Community College; Malik Jordan and Eric McIver will play at Chattahoochee Technical College; Krishanti Nanayakkara will play at Atlanta Metropolitan State College; Moyosore Olagesin signed with Carver Bible College; Nygel Blake will play for Pensacola Christian College; Andre McClain and Kalil Jones are taking their talent to Tennessee Technological University; Frederick Brown signed with South Georgia Technical College; Anthony Rice signed at Troy University; Marko Nikolic will play at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington; and Sasha Skryagin and Miljan Jovanix both made the Serbian national team.