Jeremiah Hoskins is taking his abilities to the next level.
The Kilgore High School senior basketball standout was the first of several spring signings this week, conducted in honor of graduating seniors who are moving on to continue their education and athletic careers elsewhere.
Hoskins, a three-year starter and multi-time all-district player for the Bulldogs, is going to resume his education and basketball career at Mountain View College in Dallas.
“I had it narrowed down to Mountain View and Cedar Valley,” Hoskins said, shortly before his signing ceremony on Tuesday morning, at Kilgore High School’s gym, where he had so many big moments. “It was close, but in the end, I just knew so many more guys who were going to Mountain View, and I felt more comfortable there.”
Mountain View’s Lions went 16-13 a season ago, averaging 89 points a game. They compete in the Dallas Athletic Conference.
Kilgore boys basketball coach Jeff Coleman told Hoskins publicly during the signing how proud he was of Hoskins, and then talked about what a fantastic opportunity it is for the former Bulldog.
“A little more than half a million kids play high school basketball in the nation every year,” Coleman said. “Of that, only about six percent go on to play in college, and only about two percent at the Division I level. He’s got the talent to be something special.”
Hoskins said coaches have told him to be ready to play anywhere – he’s that versatile. And he’s got size. Hoskins is listed at 6-foot-3, 219 pounds.,
Kilgore athletic director and head football coach Mike Wood presided over the ceremony, and congratulated not only Jeremiah, but his family members that were present.
“We’re proud of you,” Wood told Hoskins. “You’ll be representing Kilgore at Mountain View, and we know you’ll do well. You’ll represent Kilgore wherever you go.”
Other Kilgore High School who are signing letters of intent this week are Maliyah Holland, B.J. Owens, Cameron Jackson and Jada Abercrombie. See coverage of all of those signings in the News Herald’s print edition and online at kilgorenewsherald.com.