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Motlow College Athletic News

Darden, Saunders remain teammates from Cheatham County to Motlow College

July 1, 2014

Jordan Darden and Jacob Saunders were teammates at Cheatham County High School the last three years and enjoyed tremendous success, including leading their team to an undefeated regular season, three straight district titles and two consecutive trips to the sectional round of the state playoffs.

Motlow College men's basketball head coach Matt Sligh hopes the two will bring that winning mentality and ability to his Bucks basketball team as both Darden and Saunders have been signed to continue their student-athlete careers at Motlow.

Saunders is a 6-2 shooting guard who scored 1,867 points during his career in Ashland City. During his senior season he averaged 22 points, five rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game. He shot 83% from the free throw line and 37% from beyond the three-point arc, and was named District 9-AA regular season and tournament most valuable player.

"Jacob is a proven winner and a tough competitor," said Sligh. "He comes from a great program and has been exceptionally well coached. He scored over 1,800 points in high school and can beat you in a variety of ways. I love his competitive spirit on both ends of the floor and we are excited to welcome Jacob to our program."

Darden is a 6-6 forward who averaged 15 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots per game while shooting 63% from the floor during his senior season. He joined Saunders on the all-district and all-region teams for both the regular season and the tournament the past two postseasons.

"Jordan comes from a great program and has been coached very well," continued Sligh. "He is a winner and a team-first guy who plays above the rim. Jordan is a big-time athlete with great hands who has a good feel for the game of basketball. He is able to rebound well and get to balls out of his area. Like Jacob, Jordan will be a great fit for our program and the Motlow College community."

Darden and Saunders are the third and fourth new additions to the Motlow men's basketball program announced by Sligh. Guard Clint Nwosuh from Houston, and forward Seth McKelvey from Orangeburg, S.C. will join the Cheatham County pair on the Copperweld Arena floor this season.

The Bucks finished with a 14-14 record in 2013-14, Sligh's first season, and advanced to the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament semifinals before being eliminated by eventual champion Columbia State 122-121 in double overtime.

Darden, Saunders, McKelvey and Nwosuh join an already-impressive roster that should include returning sophomores Kytrel Williams, Jordan Riley, Greg Mason, Reggie Williams, C.J. McEwen and Miller. Redshirt freshmen Dezon Dozier and Jahaad Lyons will also step into varsity roles.

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