Wake Tech Athlete to Play in NCAA

Left to right: Van Williams, WTCC head basketball coach; Lance Beckwith; Barry Street, WTCC Athletics Director

April 22nd, 2010


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Basketball Player Signs with University of Central Missouri

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 21, 2010) - A starting point guard and shooting guard for the Wake Tech Eagles basketball team has become Wake Tech's first athlete to sign with a four-year university. Lance Beckwith signed a letter of intent to play his last two years at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) in Warrensburg, Missouri. The offer, one of several he considered, comes with a full scholarship. The University of Central Missouri is one of the top 10 Division II programs in the United States. He will start at UCM this fall.

Beckwith led the Eagles to a 17-11 record in Wake Tech's inaugural basketball season, and a third place finish in the NJCAA Division I, Region 10. He set the single game scoring record with 47 points last November against Sandhills Community College, and made 133 free throws on the season.

"Lance is a great shooter with a good understanding of the game," says WTCC head basketball coach Van Williams. "If he works hard and dedicates himself over the next two years, he should do very well!"

Beckwith played with the 2008 state champion Word of God Christian Academy team with star players John Wall and C.J. Leslie. After a successful year at Bethany College in West Virginia, he came to Wake Tech in the hopes of being recruited by an NCAA team.

Wake Tech's athletics program began in 2008 with men's soccer, women's volleyball and men's and women's golf. Men's and women's basketball, along with cheerleading, were added last fall. Baseball and softball started this spring. Wake Tech is a Division I member of Region 10 in the National Junior College Athletics Association (NCJAA). Game schedules can be found at http://athletics.waketech.edu.

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