November 17, 2011

Lillie Signs NLI with Men’s Basketball Program

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Athens Christian forward Zach Lillie (Athens, Ga.) has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Spartans next season, USC Upstate men's basketball head coach Eddie Payne announced today.

"We are very happy to have Zach Lillie join our program," Payne said.  "He is a forward with good size and skill. He has been coached by a great high school coach, Ron Link, and not only does he understand winning, he understands the process required to win. He is an outstanding individual, great student and is a terrific fit for our program. We could not be more excited."

Lillie (6-8, 200) finished his junior season ranking in the top-10 in four different statistical categories in the state of Georgia.  The post player ranked second in total blocks (147) and was the state's leader in blocks per contest (5.4).  He finished the season third in total rebounds (308) and third in rebounds per game (11.4). 

"Zach has been like a son to me these last few years," said Athens Christian head coach Ron Link.  "He is a super young man as well as a great athlete.  He is one of the top shot blockers in the state of Georgia and he has been a starter since ninth grade.  He is a Christian and is very proud of that.  Zach will be a great addition for the Upstate basketball program."

Lillie's name appears six different times in the state of Georgia record books.  As a sophomore, he pulled down 22 rebounds against Salem.  His 22 boards rank sixth all-time in the state of Georgia.

The incoming post player's name appears five times in the top-10 for blocked shots in a single game.  He ranks fourth all-time with 11 blocked shots and on three different occasions, Lillie swatted 10 shots (tied for fifth).  Finally, he ranks ninth with nine blocked shots; all blocked shots records were set during his sophomore campaign.

Lillie finished his second-year at Athens Christian as the state's number one shot blocker as he ranked first in blocks (180) and blocks per game (6.4).  He also ranked fourth in total rebounds (339), while finishing fifth in rebounds per contest (12.1).

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