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Silsbee duo taking their basketball skills to Austin Peay

November 15, 2018

Devon McCain and Jordyn Adams were best friends from childhood who went on to play for the Silsbee High School basketball team that won back-to-back state championships and is hoping for a three-peat this season.

On Wednesday, they announced they will be teammates again after graduation. Both signed a national letter of intent to play at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee.

They pledged to bring a winning mentality to the Clarksville, Tenn., campus next fall.

“I’m going to work hard and give 110 percent every day for Coach Fig,” Adams said, referring to head basketball coach Matt Figger. “I also want to hopefully bring in some championships for Austin Peay.”

Adams announced his plans to play basketball at Austin Peay on Oct. 10. McCain did the same about a month later. He said knowing he will have a friend there made it easier to commit.

“When I chose to commit to Austin Peay, I believe it was my choice, but it played a big role in my decision,” McCain said.

Robert Adams, Jordyn Adams’ father, said he is thrilled for the two, who have played together since middle school and formed a special bond.

“A lot of people don’t have their dream come true like this,” he said. “You set goals when you’re young that you want to play Division 1 ball with your best friend and it happened. So it’s just a good feeling.”

Both athletes’ talents have been instrumental to Silsbee’s success the past two seasons.

McCain dominated the state championship game against Dallas Carter last year with a game-high 39 points along with 11 rebounds. He averaged 21 points, 7 assists, and 10 rebounds per game for Silsbee last season.

Adams averaged 23 points and six rebounds per game.

McCain and Adams had numerous offers from schools like Stephen F. Austin, Lamar, Baylor and Texas Christian. But they said Austin Peay made them feel like family.

“It was just a family environment,” Adams said. “When I went for my official visit, the teammates and the coaching staff made it feel like I was at home and already apart of the team.”

McCain and Adams weren’t the only Silsbee athletes to commit to a university on Wednesday. Pitcher Trevis Sundgren, who played at the University of Houston and Weatherford College, announced he will transfer to Texas State University.

He said UH didn’t feel like the right spot for him once he got there.

“The day I moved in the coaches who recruited me gave me a call to tell me they were leaving and going to another university,” Sundgren said. “I stuck it out and realized it just wasn’t the right fit for me.”

He played one successful season at Weatherford, a junior college, and then announced on Twitter that he would sign with Texas State.

“It’s a good program with quality coaches,” Sundgren said. “It is what I looked for in a school and coaches who could help me thrive to soon one day be drafted and play pro ball.”

Other Southeast Texas athletes making commitments on national signing day include:

Kambrie McFarland of Lumberton signed to play soccer at McNeese State University.

Aleah McClanahan of Bridge City signed to play softball at Galveston College.

Abby Anderson of Bridge City signed to play softball at Galveston College.

Caitlin Denison of Bridge City signed to play softball at Galveston College.

Logan McLeod of Hardin-Jefferson signed to play baseball at Louisiana Tech.

Brody Jeanes of Hardin-Jefferson signed to play golf at Lyon College.

Mackenzie Comeaux of Hardin-Jefferson signed to play softball at the University of Houston.

Tyler Brown of Kirbyville signed to play baseball at Panola College.

Will Rice of Kirbyville signed to play baseball at Panola College.

James Burchett of Kirbyville signed to play baseball at McNeese State University.

Meg Sheppard of Nederland signed to play soccer at Lamar University.

Destyn Miguez of Nederland signed to play soccer at Louisiana State University-Eunice.

Phoebe Short of Nederland signed to play soccer at Louisiana State University-Eunice.

Paloma Martinez of Kelly Catholic signed to play soccer at Lamar University.

Julianna Renfro of Kelly Catholic signed to play softball at Weatherford College.

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