Chisholm's bucket list is shrinking
HCC men's basketball star chooses Delta State as next step in college career
Alister Chisholm, who has been a major contributor to the success of the Hagerstown Community College men's basketball team the past two seasons, will continue his collegiate career at Delta State. (Herald-Mail file photo / May 14, 2012)
No, it isn’t that kind. He doesn’t plan on dying anytime soon. Actually, he’s just starting to live.
The Hagerstown Community College sophomore’s “bucket” list revolves around basketball and his aspirations for the future. He has a specific list of things he wants to do before this period in his life ends.
Chisholm is now able to scratch a few of them off after signing a letter of intent to play at Delta State, an NCAA Division II school in West Cleveland, Miss.
“I’ve said I wanted to go somewhere where I would play good competition that would give me a chance to continue my education and somewhere where it’s warm,” Chisholm said. “I’ve got that here. This is a blessing.”
Delta State may not be the Southeastern Conference or the Atlantic Coast Conference, but it was a perfect fit for Chisholm, who has made huge strides since coming to HCC from Toronto.
The Statesmen play in the Gulf South Conference, facing competition from Florida to Louisiana. Chisholm with be on the ground floor of an overhaul of the program, as former West Virginia Wesleyan coach Jim Boone has been hired to change the direction of a team that was 6-21 last season.
Boone is a noted disciple of motion offense, which allows players freedom on the court — which plays into Chisholm’s strengths. Boone had been recruiting Chisholm to Wesleyan, but asked the guard if he would join him at Delta State as part of his first recruiting class.
“Coach Boone told me all of that,” Chisholm said. “It is perfect for me.”
Chisholm leaves HCC after helping the Hawks win two consecutive Region XX championships and a Maryland JuCo Conference league and tournament title. He developed into HCC’s battery to jump-start the offense, while adding a gritty edge to the team’s ever-improving defense.
HCC was 54-11 in Chisholm’s two seasons, during which he averaged 12 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
“We are proud of Alister and of the way he handles himself on and off the court,” said HCC coach Barry Brown. “He has been the heart and soul of the program and our ‘Mr. Clutch.’ He’s done very well at HCC on the court and in the classroom. His education is important to him and now he’ll have the chance to go on and continue to grow.”