Three ECA Basketball Players Sign Commitments


Evangel Christian Academy seniors Jalen Shine, DeSean Powell and Kory Gaines signed their letters of intent on August 15th at the school library.

Shine and Powell will play college basketball at Mississippi University for Women, a first year D3 men’s basketball program and Gaines will play at Snead State Community College.

Shine, a first year player, transferred to ECA from The Rock School. He averaged 8 pts, 6 rebs, 5 stls and 2 blks a game.

Powell, had never played organized basketball until he started at Evangel three years ago. He averaged 6 pts and 7 rebs a game.

Gaines played a big role (6’8) in the success of the boys basketball program the last two years. He was selected to the AISA Class A State Finals All-Tournament team last year as the Lions captured the state championship. He was also selected as an All-State Second Team player, two-time All-Metro player and AISA All-Star player.

Chester Pruitt, the school’s first two-time All-State player, will walk on at Snead State Community College. As the 2017 AISA Class A State Finals MVP, he helped the school win it’s sixth state championship. He was the All-Metro Player of the Year, two-time All-Metro First Team player and AISA All-Star player.

2018 ECA Signing Day

Pictured standing from left to right: Asst Coach Jay Grice, Tizra Powell, LaTarsha Shine, Alisa Wilson and Head Coach Kerwin Washington.

Pictured sitting from left to right: DeSean Powell, Jalen Shine and Kory Gaines.