Columbus State has signed two men's basketball players for the upcoming season -- Will Howard and Malyk Wood -- according to the school.
Howard, the son of Columbus High baseball coach Bobby Howard, joins the Cougars for a final season of eligibility.
He played both basketball and baseball at Columbus High, then went to a junior college before finishing his college baseball career at Kennesaw State. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 22nd round of the 2012 draft and played one season (2012) in the minor leagues. He also played for Rockford, an independent minor league team, last season.
"Will brings outside shooting ability to our team," CSU coach Robert Moore said. "His experience from professional baseball will definitely bring some leadership to the court."
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Wood will be a freshman after graduating earlier this year from Arabia Mountain High School in Lithonia, Ga.
Wood averaged 11.3 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.3 per game as a snior.
"Malyk will bring size and athletic ability at the forward position," Moore said. "He will have the perfect opportunity to improve every day practicing against our three senior post players. His size as a freshman is especially an advantage inside the Peach Belt Conference."
Howard and Wood brings to seven players Moore has signed for the 2014-15 season. The others are Cameron Baker, Tim Dixon, Brent Jackson, Jalen Lee and JaCori Payne.