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Marion's Saddoris signs with JALC basketball

  • Marion High School senior Justin Saddoris signed a national letter of intent Thursday morning to join the John A. Logan College men's basketball program. Saddoris was joined by father Todd Saddoris, MHS coaches Gus Gillespie and Darrell Wimberly and MHS athletic director Ryan Goodisky.

    Marion High School senior Justin Saddoris signed a national letter of intent Thursday morning to join the John A. Logan College men's basketball program. Saddoris was joined by father Todd Saddoris, MHS coaches Gus Gillespie and Darrell Wimberly and MHS athletic director Ryan Goodisky.
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updated: 5/10/2018 11:55 AM

CARTERVILLE -- Justin Saddoris, a 6-foot-2 guard from Marion High School, signed a national letter of intent Thursday morning to play basketball at John A. Logan College.

Saddoris was one of the leaders on the Marion team that advanced to the Elite Eight of the Class 3A state tournament with an overall record of 22-12. He averaged 14.2 points, four rebounds and three assists while shooting 40 percent from three and was rated one of the Top 100 players in the state of Illinois by one rating service.

"I've been a big fan of Justin throughout his years at Marion," said Logan coach Kyle Smithpeters. "I've been able to see him improve each year and become a leader. Justin is physically ready for the college game and he will fit into our program at Logan. He has the composure to come in and perform. He finds a way to win."

Saddoris said he felt Logan was the best place for him to get better as a player and as a person.

"I'm working hard to improve in all areas," Saddoris said. "My strengths are the ability to create shots for me and my teammates. I'm looking forward to the summer workouts at Logan."

Saddoris now joins former Marion teammate Justin Shadowens, who played in 23 games for Logan this past season.