Raider trio signs with JCC


By Adam Capps - [email protected]



Midway’s Dariuss Perez hangs for 2 in a game earlier this season. He and 2 teammates signed with JCC on Friday.


From left to right in the front, Marelle Bullock, Dariuss Perez, and Paris Smith, who signed to play basketball at Johnston Community College on Friday morning. In the back left to right are Midway athletic director, Brian Wallum, Midway head basketball coach, Matthew Creech, and Johnston Community head coach, Jason Johnson.


A trio of talented Midway Raider basketball seniors will be together for at least two more years. On Friday morning in the Midway High School Media Center, center Marelle Bullock, forward Paris Smith, and guard Dariuss Perez all signed their National Letters of Intent to play college basketball at Johnston Community College in Smithfield.

The signing comes just a few weeks after Clinton guard JaQuan McLean signed to play with the Jaguars, so the JCC program is taking advantage of some great talent in Sampson County.

“I know this area really well,” said Johnston Community head coach, Jason Johnson. “There are a lot of very talented athletes in this area, and we are very fortunate to have some coming our way to play ball next season.”

With the trio committing to play at Johnston Community, the Jaguars are getting athletic players at 3 different spots.

In the middle, Bullock possess a natural ability to block shots, rebound, and score above the rim. He had some highlight-reel plays during his Midway campaign, and his athletic ability alone makes him a great asset to the Jaguars.

As for Perez, the athletic trend continues. At under 6 feet tall, Perez can soar high into the air, being almost eye-level with the rim at times when is grabbing rebounds or finishing plays. His quickness and shooting touch will also make him a very valuable player.

Wing-man Paris Smith can do it all, and plays with a lot of energy. Smith will provide another shooter to JCC, and his frame allows him to go down to the block to score as well. He was as versatile of a player in the Four County Conference last season, and helped lead the Raiders to the third round of the state playoffs, shining brightest in a 29 point outing at Clinton in the second round.

Midway head coach Matthew Creech was very proud and excited for each of his three players.

“I am absolutely pleased for these three young men to be able to continue playing basketball at the next level,” he said. “Each of them had several different opportunities to choose from, but to sign together at one school speaks to the camaraderie and unity we have within our basketball program. They were tremendously valuable to us in their time at Midway, and I know that the same will be true in their time at Johnston Community College.”

The three plan to enroll at Johnston Community in the fall semester, and play 2 years of ball there, with hopes of furthering that to a four year university.

Reach Adam Capps at 910-214-9585

By Adam Capps

[email protected]

Midway’s Dariuss Perez hangs for 2 in a game earlier this season. He and 2 teammates signed with JCC on Friday.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_Darius-Perez.jpgMidway’s Dariuss Perez hangs for 2 in a game earlier this season. He and 2 teammates signed with JCC on Friday.

From left to right in the front, Marelle Bullock, Dariuss Perez, and Paris Smith, who signed to play basketball at Johnston Community College on Friday morning. In the back left to right are Midway athletic director, Brian Wallum, Midway head basketball coach, Matthew Creech, and Johnston Community head coach, Jason Johnson.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_IMG_5611.jpgFrom left to right in the front, Marelle Bullock, Dariuss Perez, and Paris Smith, who signed to play basketball at Johnston Community College on Friday morning. In the back left to right are Midway athletic director, Brian Wallum, Midway head basketball coach, Matthew Creech, and Johnston Community head coach, Jason Johnson.

Reach Adam Capps at 910-214-9585

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