Retiring Coach Gordon Gibbons Also to be Honored
Clayton State University’s annual Senior Night will have an added honoree on Saturday, Feb. 23.
As Athletic Director Carl McAloose puts it, “please join us on Saturday, Feb. 23, for Senior Night for our men’s and women’s basketball teams and for the last home game for Coach Gordon Gibbons.”
In addition to honoring Gibbons, the winningest men’s coach in Clayton State history, who is retiring at the end of the season, the Lakers will be recognizing seven senior basketball players, including three national champions, one of whom McAloose straight-out refers to as “the best player in NCAA Division II,” 5-5 guard Drameka “MeMe” Griggs, the Lakers’ hometown hero from Ellenwood, Ga., and Jonesboro High School.
The Lakers will be playing a Peach Belt doubleheader against Georgia Southwestern, with the 24-0, second-ranked women’s team playing at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m.
“Please come out and show your appreciation for our seniors and Coach Gibbons," adds McAloose.
Seniors being honored are: Griggs, center Shannon Smith, guard Keona Dixon (who has played almost the entire season without an ACL in one knee), and forward Kayla Mobley. Speaking of dreams made real, Griggs, Dixon and Mobley were also part of the Lakers’ 2010/2011 national championship team. The Laker men have three seniors in forward Juron Dobbs, guard Tony Dukes and center Andrew Bachanov.