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Towne to play for SJ school

Wes Towne had an up-and-down prep basketball career.

But the North Medford senior will get a chance to continue playing basketball when he signs a letter-of-intent to attend San Jose Christian College at — p.m. today at the high school.

Towne, who received Southern Oregon Conference all-star honorable mention this year, averaged nearly 11 points a game and — rebounds for the Black Tornado. The 6-foot-2 guard started the first eight games for North his junior year, but his season was interrupted by a broken elbow.

I didn't have the best year I would have liked to have had this year, said Towne. It was frustrating, but I learned a lot about the game. It was my first full season in three years. For how much basketball I've played, I think I can get a lot better.

Towne, 18, credits North Medford coach Gene Quilhaugh with helping him land the half-scholarship he'll receive from SJCC.

For the last couple of years, Wes has been interested in a Christian education, Quilhaugh said. I gave the coach down there a call and one thing led to another.

Quilhaugh believes Towne's defense and perimeter shooting helped get him the scholarship.

They liked his quickness and his ability to pop that 18- to 20-footer, said Quilhaugh. He likes to run up and down the floor.

Towne, who wants to go into the ministry, visited the San Jose Christian College campus over spring break and came back favorably impressed.

I liked the atmosphere and the team, and the coach (Matt Micek) is awesome, said Towne. The most important thing to me looking at a school was to be in a good Christian atmosphere.

Towne says he got along real well with Micek: I like his coaching style. He likes to run and stresses defense. That definitely plays into my strength.

Towne expects to play both point guard and off-guard for SJCC, which posted a 23-9 record and finished third in a national tournament for Christian colleges last year.