Three members of the Howard College men's basketball team will be honing their hoops skills at a higher level next season.
Corey Stern, Joe Bright and Carlos Emory signed letters of intent to attend Division I universities during a Wednesday ceremony at Garrett Coliseum.
Stern will attend Texas State University, Bright will head to Stephen F. Austin and Emory will play ball for the University of Oregon.
All three sophomores played crucial roles this past season for the Hawks, who advanced to the second round of the Region V tournament before falling to McLennan Community College.
Stern, who played center for the Hawks, said he was swayed by the family atmosphere at TSU.
“They've got a great academic support system, and their campus (in San Marcos) is beautiful,” he said. “I think it was just a good fit for me, overall. It felt more like family out there.”
Academic opportunity also appealed to Bright when he decided on SFA.
“The biggest thing is that, if I graduate, they'll pay for my fifth year of college,” said Bright, a member of Howard's 2010 national championship team. “I liked the family environment — everyone was so friendly and nice. Their facilities are top-notch and they have some great coaches.”
Emory, also a member of HC's national championship squad, said he was undecided until very recently as to which university he would attend.
“I was undecided for a long time,” he said. “A lot of schools were offering me scholarships and I was just looking for the best fit for me, and that was Oregon … I liked everything about it.”
Howard Coach Mark Adams said the three players were leaders in the classroom as well as on the basketball court.
“I'm excited that all three of them will earn their associate's degree here and go on and play Division I ball,” Adams said. “That's one thing we told them when they came here — if they'd work hard and take care of business for us, we'd take care of them.”