Pipkins signs

Jalon Pipkins signs to Loyola Chicago to play basketball with Paris Junior College basketball coach Bobby Taylor along with his teammates from Paris Junior College.

Paris Junior College basketball player Jalon Pipkins has signed to transfer to Loyola University in Chicago to continue his education and playing career.

The sophomore guard, a Paris High School graduate, will have two years of eligibility remaining.

“I’m excited for Pip to have to have this opportunity,” said Paris Junior College Head Basketball coach Bobby Taylor. “When we signed him last spring, we laid out a game plan to put him in this position. He followed it; he actually exceeded it.

“He’s one of the hardest working guys I’ve ever had in my 20-plus years of coaching. He’s going to a tremendous program, and I think he’ll do great things at Loyola University in Chicago — they have a great coaching staff in place. He just has to build on the groundwork he’s laid here, and I think his future is very, very bright.”

Pipkins averaged 21.4 points per game, shot 46.6 percent from the field, had 35.8 percent in three-pointers, and 4.5 rebounds per game.

“The Loyola culture is fantastic, from the fans, the coaching staff, the love from the city of Chicago,” Pipkins said. “When we walked out of the airport the coaches were asked for their autographs and then they asked me for mine, and I hadn’t even signed, yet. That’s how much love they show to Loyola-Chicago.

“I saw myself in a place that cared about the players, the city, the school, investing in the program, and where I could develop as a player, and that’s why I chose them.”

Pipkins also addressed lessons he’s taking away from Paris Junior College.

“Toughness,” Pipkins said. “Coach Taylor always preaches toughness and detail — never folding if anything happens to you negatively, and staying on top of your books.”

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