DAR Patriot Nick Hardin officially signed a college scholarship on Friday to play basketball and golf at Emory-Oxford College just outside of Atlanta, GA.
Hardin was joined by his family, teammates, coaches and teachers in the Burkey Center on the campus of DAR for the signing.
DAR boys’ basketball coach Danny Anderson was on hand as well. He spoke highly of Hardin to all those in attendance.
“Emory-Oxford is getting a guy who works hard and wants to be coached hard,” he said. “You can coach Nick as hard as you want and he’s going to listen and say, ‘Yes sir.’ He was a big reason for our success this past season averaging a double-double every game and 13 points per game. His game will translate well to the next level because of his work effort.”
Emory-Oxford College prides itself on academics and only takes a small number of students each year. Roderick Stubbs, head basketball coach and athletic director at Emory-Oxford, said close to 30,000 people applied to the college this year and 1,800 were accepted. He was also on hand for the signing.
“We like Nick a lot obviously because of his skills but also because of his work in the classroom,” he said. “He’s going to represent us well on the golf course and basketball court. As far as basketball goes, he does a good job shooting and getting to the basket. We think he’ll be able to contribute soon after joining the program.”
Hardin said he plans on majoring in psychology or political science once enrolled at Emory-Oxford.
“I’m really excited to be going to Emory-Oxford for the opportunity to go to school and compete in golf and basketball,” he said. “I really enjoyed my visit to the campus and the coaches have been great. I want to get more consistent from the three-point line and build confidence in my game when I get on campus. I’m just really excited and ready to get started.”
Emory-Oxford is a Division 3 school that competes in the University Athletic Association, which consists of eight other colleges. Basketball season is set to begin in November.