Coolidge basketball players Cumberlander, Jeffers sign

Coolidge senior guard Khalen Cumberlander could have waited a little longer to commit and sign with a college, and possibly, gain more interest and offers from schools that had been keep a close eye on him.

But Cumberlander, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound shooting guard, felt comfortable enough with Central Connecticut State to commit a month ago, two days after his official visit, and sign his letter of intent on Thursday during the early signing period.

“I just bonded with the players and the coaches and the community,” he said. “And I played with them and it was a great experience. It felt like family up there.”

Cumberlander — a slashing guard who led the Colts in scoring last season, his first at the school — had offers from Radford, UMBC and Towson, among others. Schools such as Clemson, James Madison and VCU had come to see him play or expressed interest.

“A lot of schools would have gave him an official offer later,” Coolidge Coach Vaughn Jones said, “but he wanted to sign early and his parents were good with him signing early.”

Cumberlander will have a chance to immediately compete for playing time, even though it took going far from home.

“It gives me a chance to grow up and mature and be away from the city,” he said.

Coolidge’s Maurice Jeffers, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound center, who committed to Delaware in July, also signed his national letter on intent.

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.

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