Next year's Lincoln Land Community College basketball lineup could very well read like an Effingham area all-star team.
St. Anthony's Reed Willenborg just finished his freshman season with the Loggers, and on Friday, three more local standouts signed letters of intent to join head coach Chad Jones and his staff.
Cowden-Herrick's Luke Moore, Teutopolis' Derek Smith and Effingham's Jake Stombaugh all put pen to paper at a small signing ceremony at Effingham High School, giving the Loggers a total of four local players that could be featured on game days.
"We love this area," Loggers assistant coach Ben Kramer said. "We get good quality kids both on and off the court, and that's important to us. All three of them absolutely fit that mold."
Moore did it all for the Hornets this winter, playing five different positions depending on the opponent and matchup. Despite taking on a new role almost every game, Moore played as consistent as anyone in the area, averaging a double-double at 17.1 points and 10.6 rebounds per game.
"I've always wanted to play college basketball," Moore said of his signing. "Now that it's happening, it feels great."
The first-team All-National Trail Conference selection and second-team EDN All-Area pick said he's unsure if he'll be used as a guard or small forward, but Kramer said the offense is tailored to his many talents."Luke fits perfectly into our system," he said. "We don't really have true positions. We run a high-motion offense."
The Lincoln Land style will also play to the strengths of Smith, who was named third-team all-state by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association. Smith was often relentless in his offensive attack, using a smooth stroke from outside the arc to draw the defense and set up hard drives to the lane.