Milligan adds two players in basketball

from staff reports

  Harvey Bell, a 6-6, 225-pound forward from Boiling Springs, S.C., and Yony Kifle, a 5-9 point guard from Grundy, Va., have each signed a letter of intent to attend Milligan College and play basketball for the Buffaloes.
  Bell averaged 16 points and 12.4 rebounds per game this past season for Coach Dick Cox at Boiling Springs High School. Bell shot an impressive 52 percent from the field and was a near 70 percent free-throw shooter for the Bulldogs.
  He was named to the first team All-Region II Class 4-A and was a second team All-Spartanburg Area selection. Bell was a member of the all-tournament Team at the Dorman Christmas Classic and was selected by the Spartanburg Herald Journal as a Player of the Week recipient in January.
   Milligan College head Coach Tony Wallingford is excited to have Bell join the Buffs.
   "Harvey brings strength and toughness for us around the basket," Wallingford said. "He's got excellent moves with the ball inside while possessing a nice shooting touch from the outside. Harvey is a good kid, possesses a team attitude and is a hard worker. We like his potential."
  Cox said: "Harvey is one of the best big men I have ever coached. He was a tremendous leader. I'm happy he chose Milligan."
   Kifle, a graduate of Mountain Mission School in Grundy (Va.), will play in the point guard position for Milligan.
  During his senior campaign, Kifle averaged 19 points and nine assists per game. He was selected to the VACA All-Conference First Team both as a junior and as a senior, and scored 1,662 points in his career at MMS.
   Milligan head coach Tony Wallingford learned about Kifle from MMS coach Ernest Natera, a former student assistant for Wallingford at Milligan in the early '90s.
  Wallingford said: "Yony is a very talented point guard. I saw him in an AAU event last summer against tough competition and came away very impressed. He's crafty and fun to watch. We wanted to sign a freshman point guard this year and are excited to get Yony.
  "With added strength I believe he will be an excellent player for us. I have a lot of respect for Ernest (MMS head coach) and the people at Mountain Mission School. Yony is a good fit for us. "
   In early May, Kifle had narrowed his choice of schools to Milligan; however, late interest by American University, a Division I school in Washington, DC, delayed his final selection.
  "Milligan is where I wanted to be," Kifle said.
  He will join three other students attending Milligan next year from Mountain Mission School.