Jamal Whitehurst signs

Former EHS Tiger Jamal Whitehurst (seated, second from right) signed with Welch College and its head coach/AD Greg Fawbush (seated, far right), while surrounded by family members on Tuesday.

Former Eufaula Tiger Jamal Whitehurst has signed his second basketball letter-of-intent in two years on Tuesday as the forward signed with Welch College of Gallatin, Tennessee. Whitehurst had originally signed following his EHS career with Hiwassee College of Madisonville, Tennessee, but that junior college ended its basketball program.

Welch Head Coach and Athletic Director Greg Fawbush was on hand Tuesday along with family and friends at the signing ceremony inside the EHS Indoor Practice Facility.

“I feel like Jamal will classify as a sophomore as they’ll count last season as a redshirt year for him,” Fawbush said of the 6-foot, 5-inch, 230-pound Whitehurst. “We got three players from (Hiwassee).

“Jamal is a big boy. One thing that attracted us to him was last year we were not as physical as we need to be.”

Whitehurst, the son of Lashanda Burden, averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds per game at Hiwassee. As a senior at EHS he averaged 12 points and nine rebounds per game.

Whitehurst said the  coaching staff and the school “in general” attracted him to Welch, located in  Gallatin, Tennessee about 30 miles northeast of Nashville.

Welch College, formerly Free Will Baptist Bible College, is a private four-year college.

Fawbush is a Free Will Baptist pastor. He spent 21 years at Seffner Christian Academy in Florida, garnering several Coach of the Year honors.

The Flames’ open the 2019-20 season Nov. 1 at home against Trinity College of Florida. The schedule also includes trips to schools in Tennessee, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arkansas, Florida and North Carolina.

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