Bowling Green, Ky. — Just a day after introducing his staff, Western Kentucky University head basketball coach Ken McDonald announced Friday that Anthony Sally has signed a National Letter-of-Intent and will enroll in school in the fall.
A transfer from Motlow State Community College, Sally will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
“I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to add a quality player at this point in the year,” McDonald commented. “I’m excited about Anthony’s potential. He’s a tremendous ballhandler with great vision, and he’s going to bring toughness to the Hill. Anthony is a well-coached player who has been tested on a very good junior-college team and in an excellent league.”
A 6-foot-2, 185-pound guard who originally hails from Richmond, Va., Sally averaged 7.9 points, 7.6 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game while helping lead the Bucks to a 28-5 finish overall and a 13-3 mark in the Tennessee Junior and Community College Athletic Association. He added 101 steals and nine blocked shots, was credited with a 2.23 assist-to-turnover ratio and shot 71.7 percent at the foul line.
Sally ranked 10th in the National Junior College Athletic Association in assists and was 14th with 3.4 steals per outing.
In Motlow State’s season record books, he finished second in steals and thefts per game, third in both assists (227) and assists per contest and 10th in rebounding average. In fact, Sally’s 227 assists are the third-highest total in school history while he is one of four players to record 100 or more steals in a career.
Sally handed out 10 or more assists on five different occasions during the 2007-08 campaign as MSCC advanced to the championship game of the TJCCAA/NJCAA Region VII Tournament. His 13 assists in a 76-47 victory over Cleveland (Tenn.) State on Jan. 26 were the second-highest game total in school history.
He played at Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College as a freshman in 2006-07, averaging 5.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per outing as the Eagles posted a 24-7 record — which included a victory over top-ranked Chipola Junior College as part of a season-best 14-game win streak — while going 9-3 in the Panhandle Conference. TCC claimed five regular-season tournament championships during the course of the year.
Sally led the team with an 81.6 free-throw percentage, and he was second with both 71 assists and 43 steals.
As a senior at Chesterfield Community High, Sally earned all-state honors after recording 22.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.