DALLAS — For more than two decades as founder and Senior Pastor of Memphis’ historic New Growth In Christ Christian Center, Bishop Sidney P. Malone has taught his congregation, among other things, the benefits of embracing and conquering adversity.
Amongst those who understood best this pivotal notion is his daughter, Sydney Malone.
A preacher’s daughter — or PK — since birth, Sydney Malone, to her credit, managed to emerge as a rather efficient basketball player in the ever-so-popular hoops-crazed Bluff City.
So much, in fact, that after years of valiant contributions for Houston High and the AAU circuit, Sydney Malone on Wednesday took yet another commendable step toward basketball supremacy when she signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Southwest Tennessee Community College.
The news of Sydney Malone’s signing comes approximately a week after she had taken official college visits to South Georgia State College and Lewis And Clark Community College, ending a lengthy — but spirited — recruiting process that essentially was jumpstarted weeks after she was installed as a starter for Houston.
“Man, it was a culmination of a long journey that began in a not-so-favorable position,” Sidney Malone told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during a telephone interview from Memphis Wednesday night. “But God has shown Himself faithful. She had an opportunity to go to some four-year schools, but we feel this is the best option.”
Besides Southwest Tennessee, Sydney Malone was also offered scholarships by the University of North Carolina, Clark-Atlanta University, Mississippi Valley State, Dyersburg State Community College, and Austin Peay State, her father said.
However, after she returned from an official college visit last week, Sydney Malone sensed it had become increasingly apparent that staying home for the next two years would benefit her mightily on and off the court.
“I’m glad that I selected Southwest because it’s close to home and I’ll be able to have the support of my family,” Sydney Malone said.
As for whether the 5-foot-10 Sydney Malone will assume a starting spot for Andrea Martre’s Lady Saluqis isn’t as big a concern as her ability to adjust comfortably upon making the transition to college ball.
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“Starting is not a major thing (for Sydney),” her father said. “My main thing is will Sydney be able to progress.”
Although whether his daughter will start for a Southwest Tennessee team that finished 18-12 this past season remains a mystery, Sydney Malone does expect to manufacture notable contributions — early and often.
A player who is known primarily for her dazzling speed, her ability to penetrate and create her own shot, Sydney Malone was the catalyst for a Houston team that advanced to the Tennessee Class AAA regionals this year before falling to Memphis Central.
In helping propel the Lady Mustangs to a 19-3 record that was highlighted by a 9-0 mark in District 15-AAA play, Sydney Malone was the team’s second-leading scorer.
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