Cochran, Johnson Joins Stephenson’s Cats

Cutline: “Sitting from left: Bobcat signee Andrew Johnson (Gordon Lee), Georgia Northwestern Technical College Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson, and Bobcat signee Cody Cochran (Gordon Lee.) Standing from left: Gordon Lee Boy’s Assistant Head Coach Brad Gray and Gordon Lee Boy’s Head Coach Ed Clendenen.”

 (Chickamauga, Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson makes a pair of quality pick-ups in the home stretch of the 2012 high school recruiting season with a stop in Chickamauga, Georgia.

Ed Clendenen’s Trojans made it into the second round of the GHSA State Playoffs in 2012, thanks in part to a pair of college-bound big-men in Andrew Johnson and Cody Cochran. Johnson, a 6-foot-4, 170-pound role player, and Cochran, a 6-foot-5 220-pound big man with a triggerman’s mentality, will suit up for the Bobcats in NJCAA’s Region XVII beginning this fall.

The forwards from Chickamauga will join returning Bobcat posts 6-foot-5 Alex Miller and 6-foot-5 Bud Todd on the Georgia Northwestern roster for the 2012-13 season. Incoming freshmen 6-foot-6 Jordan Robinson (Mountain View, Bryant, AL) and 6-foot-9 Terrell Rose (Global Prep, Chattanooga, TN) will also help keep the front court stacked deep.

Cochran and Johnson helped play key roles in turning their Gordon Lee program upside down in 2012. In their junior year, the Trojans were a below-par 10-20 in GHSA action. However, the 2011-2012 campaign turned things around with a 20-10 mark and a trip into the second round of the state playoffs.

Ironically, it was the game that gave them their post-season berth that is also Cochran and Johnson’s favorite moment from the prep hardwood. “Beating Trion for a spot in the playoffs,” stated both GNTC signees. That’s right. Their favorite memory from high school basketball had nothing to do with themselves. But, it had everything to do with Gordon Lee teammate Kevin Walsh draining a three from the corner this past February to down the Bulldogs and catapult their own program into the state playoffs.

The question begs to be asked then, how do they plan on working with their newfound teammate from Trion speaking in regards to signee Hunter Ivester. “He’s pretty cool off the court,” said Johnson. “It’s just the rivalry between Gordon Lee and Trion is so intense that during those games our teams just really go at it. It’ll be a good mix playing together on the college level,” said Johnson.

Cochran plans on entering the college’s Early Childhood Education program in hopes of becoming an elementary school teacher. Johnson plans to transfer in the next two years to pursue an agriculture degree to hopefully become an agricultural missionary.

 

The three-sport star (basketball, track, and football) says it’s God’s plan. “I feel like God wants me to use agriculture as a tool to minister to others,” said Johnson confidently.

Both of these new Bobcats are very impressed with the top cat at GNTC. “Coach Stephenson seems to care more about the player and who he is off of the court,” said Johnson. “He seemed to care more about what we wanted to do with our lives than what our athletic plans were,” said Cochran.

The Bobcats will have their own season mark to turn around from the 2011-12 campaign. Georgia Northwestern earned an 8-20 overall mark this past season. Their sole Region XVII conference win came against Southern Crescent Tech in the first round of the NJCAA Region Tournament in Oxford, Georgia this past March.

Open team workout dates for the Men’s and Women’s Bobcat Basketball program are posted at GNTC.edu as they are available. Tryout dates will be posted this summer for spots on the 2012-13 Georgia Northwestern Men’s and Women’s rosters. Next season will mark the sixth year of student-athletics at Georgia Northwestern.

Georgia Northwestern competes in NJCAA’s Region XVII in Men’s and Women’s Varsity Basketball. The Bobcats hung conference championship banners in 2008 and 2009. The Lady Cats are the NJCAA Region XVII’s defending champions, advancing the National Sweet 16 in post-season play in 2012.

The Bobcats open their season on November 2 at home when Toccoa Falls College comes to “The R.A.C.” The very next weekend, the ‘Cats pack their bags for the Music City as they return to the Freewill Classic at Freewill Baptist in Nashville, Tennessee. Georgia Northwestern advanced to the semi-finals of the tourney just one year ago.

For more information on Bobcat Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu.

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