Seward County Community College men’s basketball players Theron Wilson and Hank Harris signed National Collegiate Athletic Association letters of intent on Monday afternoon. Wilson signed with Bradley University and Harris has committed to Southeast Missouri State University. Wilson and Harris held a press conference in the All-American room on the campus of SCCC to announce their official decisions on where they would continue their academic and basketball playing careers. Wilson signed with the Braves who are located in Peoria, Ill., and competes in the NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Conference. Harris joins the Redhawks who are located in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and competes in the NCAA D-I Ohio Valley Conference. Seward County has now had a total of 44 players in their program sign with an NCAA Division I program, including seven players over the last two years.

The two talented sophomore players from Topeka Highland Park High School, remained teammates at SCCC for two seasons helping lead the Saints to 38 victories and to the 2007 Region VI Tournament quarterfinals.

Wilson, a 6-foot-5-inch forward led the NJCAA Region VI in scoring (19.4 ppg.) and rebounding (10.8 rpg.) while being named the NJCAA National Player of the Week twice. He was selected a Second Team Jayhawk West All-Conference pick and was named First Team All-Region VI. Wilson posted 19 double-doubles, led the Saints in scoring 17 times and was the team’s leading rebounder in 25 contests. Wilson finishes his career ranked in 13 all-time career, single-season and single-game Top 10 record books at SCCC.

Wilson was the final player signed to this years recruiting class at Bradley University, and is listed as the only wing that Bradley signed. The Braves are just a season removed from pulling off perhaps the largest upset in the NCAA Tournament, when they defeated the University of Kansas (77-73) and then defeating the University of Pittsburg (72-66) on their way to the NCAA Tournament ‘Sweet 16’.

This past season, Bradley finished 22-13 overall and in fourth-place in the MVC. Also this past year, the Braves made an appearance at the National Invitational Tournament in the post-season, where they defeated Providence (90-78) in overtime, before being eliminated from the NIT by Mississippi State. Bradley plays their home games at Carver Arena (11,164 capacity) where they have won 76 percent of their games the last 24 seasons.

Wilson will follow in the footsteps of the Saints men’s basketball programs most recognized alumnus, Marcus Pollard, who played at Bradley from 1992-1994, and then began his career in the National Football League with the Indianapolis Colts as a tight end. Pollard has remained close to the Bradley basketball program being a member of the Braves Scholarship Society and the financial contributions of he and his wife, Amani, helped build the Marcus Pollard Family Lounge in the Robertson Memorial Fieldhouse.

Harris, a 5-foot-11-inch point guard was a starter for the Saints for the entire conference schedule in 2006-07. He averaged nine points, four assists and 2.4 rebounds per game. Harris played in every game for the Saints during his two-year career at SCCC. He scored a career-high 27 points with six rebounds, two assists and two steals, in the Saints upset victory at Independence Community College in the First Round of the Region VI Tournament.

Harris will join the Redhawks after this past season where they finished 11-20 overall and in sixth-place in the Ohio Valley Conference with a 9-11 conference record. Southeast Missouri State plays a very competitive non-conference schedule which has seen the likes of Arkansas, Iowa State, Purdue, Illinois, Nebraska, Bradley, St. Louis and others on their schedule the past several years.