May 1, 2019
MARYVILLE, Tenn. – Felix Uadiale, a senior at Eagle's Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, Ga., has committed to continue his academic and basketball careers at Maryville College.
Uadiale, a 6-foot-5 forward, brings athleticism and a rebounding mentality to the Scots. As a senior, he nearly averaged a double-double for head coach Derrick Mason, putting up 9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game and shooting 66% from the floor and 45% from three for the Chargers as a senior. Uadiale helped lead his squad to the GHSA Private 1A State Championship in 2018-19 scoring 16 points and pulling down 9 rebounds in the title game. During their state tournament run, Uadiale rose to the occasion, upping his averages to 12.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 1 steal per game. Against Greenforest Christian on November 27, Uadiale broke the ELCA school record by grabbing 28 rebounds in an 84-83 win. He followed that performance with a 19-point, 16-rebound outing against Trinity Christian to earn Georgia Farm Bureau ELCA Player of the Week.
"I have been recruiting at the college for eight years and I have never recruited a better rebounder than Felix," Head Coach Raul Placeres said. "He set the record for rebounds in a game at his high school with 28 rebounds in a game. Felix plays with the right motor and is an exceptional athlete. As he gains more confidence in his offensive game, Felix will provide some added depth for us at either post positions. Our staff is thrilled to add Felix to our 2019 class."
Uadiale is the son of Penny Williams, grandson of Roland and Patricia Jones, and the brother of Obehi and Camille Uadiale. He has been mentored and coached throughout high school by Charles Coleman, Willie Hunt, Daryl Rice, and Brian Settles.
He joins a Maryville College program that captured their second consecutive USA South Athletic Conference league tournament championship during the 2018-19 campaign. The Scots earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the 20th time in school history and put together a winning season for the 28th time in the last 29 seasons. Coach Placeres will take the sideline as the head coach of the Scots for the first time in the 2019-20 season. He replaces Randy Lambert, who retired following the 2018-19 season after 39 years as head coach.
Placeres moves into the head coaching role after eight seasons as an assistant coach on Coach Lambert's staff. He was also a standout point guard for the Scots from 2003-05, starting 56 games in his two-year career. Placeres also led his squad to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, including taking the Scots to their last Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2003-04. He also holds the single-game record for assists, dishing out 17 in a win over Oglethorpe.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2018 semester was 1,154.