Twymon signs with Snead State
by LaVonte Young
TALLADEGA- After waiting for several months, Jacob Twymon finally knows where he is going to spend the next two years.

Friday, Twymon signed a scholarship with Snead State Community College in Boaz.

“I’m excited it,” Twymon said. “It felt unreal to finally sign with a college instead of just waiting around and waiting on other offers to pop up.”

The opportunity to play on the next level presented itself in late June when Jay Wellborn Snead State head coach called him for a tryout.

“I was real excited when he called,” Twymon said. “He called for a try out on June 28. Two weeks later, he called me back to come practice with the team. The night after I left from practicing with the team, he called me back to come sign my scholarship.”

The All-State guard had an impressive senior campaign as he helped the Tigers go 30-3. Twymon averaged 14.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. He also recorded 95 assists and 76 steals.

“I told him that he can expect the same thing that I did in high school, but a little bit more on defense and rebounding wise,” Twymon said. “Other than that, we just talk. He (head coach Jay Wellborn) tells me how much he wants to work with me. I am just looking forward to working.”

Seeing players from around the area sign scholarships was hard on Twymon. The 6-foot-3 lefty said seeing other players sign made his work even harder on his game.

“Just thinking about how many people signed before me made go to the gym and the weight room,” Twymon said. “If I am not in the weight room, I am in the gym. I would call people asking who wanted to shoot or where they are shooting at. Anywhere around the county, I am going there to shoot ball. It was mind wrecking just trying to wait on my opportunity. My opportunity is here now; I just have to prove it.”

The shooting guard will have a chance to share the opposite wing with a familiar face next season. Former Munford standout Brandon Graham is going into his second season with the Parsons. Twymon hopes having him up there will help the changes he is about to experience go smoothly.

“When Brandon is here we are always in the gym together,” Twymon said. “With him being there, that should make the transition a little bit easier for me.”

Wellborn said he was impressed with Twymon as a student-athlete.

“I am so excited to have him,” Wellborn said. “He is going to be a great athlete that can shot the 3. He can go by people and obviously dunk. He is going to be a super defender. I am very excited to have him. He is a student-athlete first. They showed me his grades and his ACT score. I am looking for kids that want to come in and graduate. I am looking for someone that has that focus and desire in the classroom. Once I saw him play pick up with some other kids that we had trying out, I really liked him. He came back up and played again. He really showed his stuff with some of our guys that are up here for the summer. I was very impressed with him as a person, but mostly with his desire to get his degree and his athletic ability was off the charts. I am very excited to have him.”

Talladega head coach Chucky Miller is elated that Twymon got an opportunity to play on the next level.

“It is a great honor,” Miller said. “Snead is a great school. Jacob’s body is built for the college game. He is tall and lanky. He is going to put on some weight in the next couple years as he matures. What he can do is hit the outside shot and he can also take it to the basket. With him being left-handed, he is a total asset for a college player these days.”

Miller said the coaching staff would not have anything to worry about when it comes to academics with his former player. Twymon graduated in May with an advanced diploma and he also earned WABM Thursday Night Nets Scholar-Athlete of the Week in January.

“Jacob was our scholar-athlete at the school,” Miller said. “He had the highest grade point average of all of our seniors. All of my seniors last year had very good grade point averages, but Jacob’s was the highest. They are getting a player that is going to do his bookwork and someone that they are not going to have to work about academically. They are going to develop him into a good college player.”

Twymon said he would like to thank his parents and God for the opportunity to play on the next level.

“I would like to thank my family,” he said. “If it wasn’t for them, all the trips to these tryouts wouldn’t have been possible. I would like to thank my parents and God. Without God this opportunity wouldn’t have been available.”
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