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Westside's Holloway, Jones sign letters of intent

Gregory Holloway (seated, left) and Omar Jones (seated, right) sign their letters of intent in the Westside High School lunch room./(Cam Gaskins, WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- Today Gregory Holloway and Omar Jones became the eighth and ninth Westside Seminoles to sign college letters of intent this season. Holloway signed a basketball scholarship to play for Mississippi Valley State University, and Jones is committed to Lackawanna Community College.

Both played on the 2017-18 Westside varsity basketball team, and led the Seminoles to their second appearance in the Final Four round of the GHSA state playoffs.

In his senior season, Holloway averaged 18.5 points per game, 11.9 rebounds per game, and had 21 double-doubles in 32 games played.

"Mississippi Valley's coach called me on Monday," Westside head coach Josh Grube said. "He feels like Greg is the missing ingredient that the program needs to get back on track. So that's pretty special when a coach tells you a statement like that."

He leaves Westside holding the school records for most rebounds in a season -- 381 -- and most rebounds in a game -- 24.

"I'm very excited. I'm actually ready to get on campus and get back to the grind," Holloway said.

As for Jones, he'll be moving forward to his collegiate career as a football player. He finished his senior season with 38 catches as a tight end for 500 yards. He averaged 20 yards per catch and brought in eight touchdowns for the Seminoles on the gridiron, good enough to make the all-region team.

"Omar has big-time plans, and we expect big-time things out of him," said head football coach Sheddrick Risper.

It was a very special day for both Holloway and Jones to have their friends and family in attendance to support them as they commit to the next chapters of their lives and careers.

"It just feels like everybody supported me through the system we're all going through, and on my journey," Jones said. "Because I'm going to Pennsylvania, so I just need all the support I can get from them."

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