The Ottumwa Courier

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May 31, 2013

Warriors sign major basketball recruit

OTTUMWA — A player who was an NJCAA All-American two years ago will be coming to Indian Hills to continue his basketball career. IHCC coach Barret Peery has signed Lester Medford, a 5-11, 185-pound point guard from Tucson, Ariz., to a letter-of-intent.

As a freshman at Arizona Western, Medford (pictured) was named a second-team All-American, first-team All-Conference, first-team All-Region and the region’s Freshman of the Year in leading his team to the regional championship. He averaged 17.9 points, scored 20 or more points in a game a dozen times, dished out 4.1 assists and had 2.1 steals while shooting 39.3 percent from three-point range.

"Lester’s experience as a freshman and the success that he had will be great for us here at Indian Hills," Peery said.

When asked what he likes about Medford’s game, Peery said, “Lester will bring great speed and quickness to our team. He really fits how we play with his athleticism, and he is a really talented offensive player.”

Medford led his Amphitheater High School team in Tucson, Ariz., to a 29-2 record and a state championship as a senior. He was a three-year starter there and posted averages of 19.2 points, four assists and three steals as a senior. He sat out last year after his lone season at Arizona Western.

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