Ronnie White, Chy Cunningham sign NCAA basketball letters of intent

PJC head coach Chuck Taylor (left) and assistant coach Bilal Batley look on as Ronnie White signs a basketball letter-of-intent with Southern Arkansas. (PJC Photo)

PJC head coach Chuck Taylor (left) and assistant coach Bilal Batley look on as Ronnie White signs a basketball letter-of-intent with Southern Arkansas. (PJC Photo)

Two Paris Junior College basketball players have signed letters-of-intent to play with NCAA schools next fall.

Ronnie White, a 6-9 sophomore center from Chicago, signed with Arkansas State of Jonesboro, Ark., and Chy Cunningham, a 6-foot sophomore guard from Columbus, Miss., signed with the University of Arkansas in Tucson.

“Ronnie has a high motor and runs the floor like a deer for his size,” Dragons head coach Chuck Taylor said.

“Ronnie can rebound, block shots, and score around the basket. He will make an immediate impact at Arkansas State University.”

Lady Dragons head coach Michael Madrid and assistant coach Shakira Nettles flash smiles of approval as Chy Cunningham inks a letter-of-intent with Arizona. (PJC Photo)

Lady Dragons head coach Michael Madrid and assistant coach Shakira Nettles flash smiles of approval as Chy Cunningham inks a letter-of-intent with Arizona. (PJC Photo)

Sean LeBeauf, the Lady Dragons’ head coach last season, accepted a position during the summer as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Arizona.

“The University of Arizona is getting a player who can play and defend a variety of positions,” Lady Dragons head coach Michael Madrid said.

“We are excited about Chy’s decision to continue pursuing her education at UofA.”

 

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

 

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.