Florida Tech Hoops Signs Junior College Transfer From Georgia

By  //  July 27, 2019

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Florida Tech head coach Billy Mims announced his third signing for the 2019-20 season in junior college transfer Jalen Hodges.

A 6-7, 208-pound forward from Duluth, Georgia, Hodges comes to Melbourne after two seasons at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama.

As a sophomore in 2018-19, he averaged 7.7 points and 4.4. rebounds per game while leading the Lions to a 24-7 overall record and a 12-2 mark in the Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC). Wallace finished with the best record in the North division of the league.

Hodges best game of the past season came again Volunteer State when he scored 17 points in addition to registering seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.

“It was not a difficult choice for me when it came to signing with the Panthers,” said Hodges. “With Florida Tech being one of the top academic institutions in America, it was hard to pass on an opportunity like this one.

“Coach Mims is a superior head coach with a great resume in the basketball world. His connections on the professional level and his experience of WINNING and being an excellent coach certainly helped me to make my decision. With that being said, I am excited to become a part of the Panther family!”

A 6-7, 208-pound forward from Duluth, Georgia, Hodges comes to Melbourne after two seasons at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama. (FIT Image)

Before attending Wallace State, Hodges averaged 12 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as a senior at Duluth High School in Georgia. At Duluth, Hodges was named Second Team All-Region 6 – 7A. He also made the GACA junior and senior all-star team and was the January Player of the Month for Georgia during his senior season.

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“Jalen gives us a strong, explosive athlete who will add much needed depth to our rebounding and interior firepower,” stated Mims.

“He reminds me a little of former Panther Corbin Jackson, who led the SSC in rebounding and blocked shots for three consecutive seasons and was the SSC Defensive Player of the Year all three of his years in Melbourne.

“Jalen’s two years of junior college play brings us another experienced, mature player who should be ready for the high quality of talent and competition in the Sunshine State Conference. He comes from a great basketball lineage as his father was a professional teammate of Yao Ming in the Chinese Basketball League and was named the CBL Player of the Year.”

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