State Fair Community College sophomores Alfonzo Houston and Antonin Galaya have signed national Letters of Intent to play for North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C. Houston and Galaya helped lead the Roadrunners to a 15-15 record and are the first members of the Roadrunners’ sophomore class to sign letters of intent.
“It made me feel more comfortable going to school with a teammate that I knew that was going to stay on track and keep me focused,” said Houston. “We had a good chemistry on the court, so I felt it would be fun to play basketball with each other again.”
Both student athletes listed the victory at Hutchinson Community College over the nationally ranked Blue Dragons among the highlights of their time at SFCC. Houston scored 17 points in the contest and came up with the steal on the defensive end to seal the victory after Galaya knocked down a huge three-point shot from the elbow to give SFCC the lead.
“I felt it (North Carolina Central University) was a perfect fit for me,” said Houston. “It was a great atmosphere that made me feel like I was at home.”
Houston earned All-Region 16 honors in his final campaign at SFCC. He led the team in scoring, averaging 17.8 points per contest. He finished second on the team in steals, averaging 1.2 per game. Houston also finished second on the team in assists, dishing out 2.9 per contest. Houston plans to major in Business Management.
“Houston has a lot of skills that will translate well to the next level,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “He was always a very good scorer for us. He really thrived in an up-and-down game and I think that’s how North Carolina Central plays. He should be able to help them immediately.”
Galaya averaged 11 points per contest in his only season at SFCC. He knocked down a team-high 78 percent of his free throw attempts. He also knocked down a team-leading 42.2 percent of his shots from beyond the three-point arc. Galaya plans to major in International Business with a minor in Economics
“My prep school team was located near Raleigh, N.C., so I knew the area,” said Galaya. “I knew the school. Coach Moton is trying to get the program to a good level academically; they are one of the best schools in the nation. I will be able to pursue academics at a very good school next year.”
“I think Galaya’s going to be a good player who can complement Alfonzo,” said Thomas. “He shot the ball really well for us this year and definitely helped us win some games. His work ethic was very good. His shooting ability is a credit to his hard work as a player and student of the game.”
Galaya, a 6’ 5” guard/forward, transferred to SFCC from Polk State College in Winter Haven, Fla., last fall. He averaged 4.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per contest in 21 games the previous season. He played one year of prep basketball at Charis Prep in Wilson, N.C.