Both members of the Coastal Bend College Basketball team recently signed National Letters of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at the next level. Center #45, Edmond Franklin and Guard #1, Dajuan Madden are headed on to Langston University and Praire View A&M University, respectively.
Franklin, from Houston, Texas signed with the Lions of Langston University a NAIA institution (Red River Conference) in Langston, Oklahoma. Franklin was a defensive terror for the Cougars, as he was among the Region and Nations leaders in Blocked Shots Per Game with 3.9 and a total of 101 rejections.
Coach Carliss Robinson on Franklin: "I felt like Ed was coaches dream, he worked his tail off everyday (individual workouts, practice, and games). He anchored our defense throughout the year. Ed always had a great attitude and was a pleasure to coach. I'm so proud of him and what he accomplished this season with us. He lead all Division 1 Junior College Basketball in blocked shots this year. He'll do a great job for Coach Holt at Langston university. ."
Madden, from Belaire, Maryland, signed with the Panthers of Prairie View A&M University a NCAA Division 1 program (Southwestern Athletic Conference) in Prairie View, Texas. Madden scored in double figures in 24 basketball contests for the Cougars this season. He scored a season high 26 versus Paris Junior College on January 5th. Madden holds the steals record at CBC with 76 takeways, then allowing him to lead the Region and was ranked among the leaders in the country in that defensive category.
Coach Robinson on Madden: "Dajuan is one of the top guards in our region. He really impacted the game through all phases for Coastal Bend this year. He scored, assisted, rebounded, and really got after it defensively. He's CBC's first Men's Basketball Student Athlete to sign to a NCAA Division 1 school on a scholarship. I'm extremely proud of him and we know he'll do a great job at Prairie view A&M University."
The Cougars finished the 2017-2018 season 12-15, with a Region XIV Conference record of 7-12 reaching the Region XIV Conference Basketball Tournament for the first time since the 2014-2015 season.