• Patrick Ochs--PRCC Athletics

Pearl River men's basketball adds two signees

POPLARVILLE, Miss. — The Pearl River men’s basketball team has gained two key additions with the signatures of Lanier’s Earl Smith and Clinton’s Kolby Moore, coach Chris Oney announced Monday.

Smith and Moore will add immediate punch to the lineup as the Wildcats look to defend their Region XXIII Title in 2019-20.

Smith helped lead Lanier to the Class 4A State Championship game this past season, averaging 19.5 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game. Smith was also a Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen selection.

“Earl goes with our theme for this year’s class which is versatility,” Oney said. “He can play and guard multiple positions and that’s something we have aimed for in this class. He was highly touted and we expect him to be an impact player.”

Smith was recently named All-State by the Clarion-Ledger.

Moore also led Clinton on a deep postseason run, scoring 10.5 points per game and hauling in 4.5 rebounds per game in his senior season.

“Kolby’s best attribute besides being versatile is that he can really shoot the ball well,” Oney said. “That’s something that next year’s team will be able to stretch the court a little bit more with more shooters.

“Kolby can also defend a lot of positions well.”

Smith and Moore join a talented 2019 signing class that already includes Gulfport’s Dontae’ Jackson and Biloxi’s Dontavius Proby, Jariyon Wilkins and Jarron Wilkins.

Both Smith and Jariyon Wilkins were selected to play in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game.


Pearl River's men's basketball team will hold tryouts on April 6 at Marvin R. White Coliseum.

Registration is at 9 a.m., with the tryout set to begin at 10 a.m. Participants are asked to wear appropriate athletic attire and bring an updated physical.

The tryout costs $25.

For more information, contact Coach Hayden Sowers at HSowers@prcc.edu or (662) 610-5591, or Coach Chris Woodall and cwoodall@prcc.edu or (601) 983-9054.

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