LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- Malik Pettus, a senior at East Memorial Christian Academy (Prattville, Ala.), has committed to attend Covenant College and play basketball for head coach Kyle Taylor starting in the fall of 2015.
Pettus was the 2015 Alabama Independent School Association's Player of the Year after averaging 23 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists per game. The 6-foot-3 wing tallied 21 double-doubles on the year and six triple-doubles.
"I'm really excited about going to Covenant," Pettus said. "I think this is the best place for me both for school and basketball. Once I met with Coach Taylor, I knew that I wanted to be at Covenant."
In two years at East Memorial, Pettus scored 1,175 points with 805 of those points coming in his senior campaign. In addition to being the AISA Player of the Year in 2015, he also garnered All-Metro Player of the Year honors and was an All-State first team selection. Pettus is a two-time All-Metro team honoree and earned all-tournament team accolades at the AISA region and state tournaments. He started in the AISA All-Star game.
"Malik is a very special player and person," East Memorial basketball coach Billy Blankenship said. "He is a quiet leader that plays both ends of the court. His explosiveness and vision make him a deadly transition player with an incredibly high motor.
"He is a winner who has overcome obstacles with resilience," Blankenship continued. "He is a man of character that gives you 100 percent, regardless of what is asked of him. He is a genuine leader and person. I am proud to have been a part of his life and fully expect great things to come from his time at Covenant."
"I am very excited that Malik has decided to attend Covenant College and play basketball for us," Taylor said. "We wanted to upgrade both our size and athleticism on the wing and he accomplishes both. Not only is Malik a long, athletic wing, he is also a pure scorer who can fill it up. He knows what it takes to win and will work hard to accomplish our goals over the next four years."
Pettus plans to pursue a career in physical therapy. He is the son of Clemmitha Pettus and Antonio Pettus.