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SIGNING DAY: Lathrup athletes charge towards college WITH VIDEO

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LATHRUP VILLLAGE – Charging towards the next level, four Southfield-Lathrup Chargers signed National Letters of Intent to play sports in college Wednesday.

Jonathan (Jon-Jon) Williams, Sydni Davis and Christina Green all signed to play basketball and Johnny Slater signed to play baseball, in a heavily-attended ceremony held in the school’s library and media center.

Williams, one of the top boys basketball players in the state, signed with the University of Toledo and Davis, one of the best girls hoopsters in the state, inked with Stetson down in Florida.

Green, the Chargers’ captain on the hardwood, signed with Wayne State and Slater, a dynamic threat on the diamond, signed to play in the Big Ten Conference with the University of Michigan.

“I’m very excited to become a Michigan Wolverine,” said Slater after penning his letter of intent. “I focused on improving my skills every year since I was a freshman and that focus paid off. I’ve made a big jump in my play and I intend to keep making further jumps over the next year, prior to getting up to Ann Arbor.”

Slaters’ versatility might be his most appealing attribute. A smooth and savvy lefty, Slater is a specimen, terrorizing opponents whether pitching, hitting, running the base paths or on defense in centerfield.

Last season, he sported a whopping .576 batting average.

Darren Mosley, the Chargers’ skipper, can’t say enough about his star player.

“Johnny is a great kid, a great baseball player and a great student, what more can you ask for?,” he said. “He’s incredibly humble and he leads by example. We’ve put a lot of pressure on him these past couple of seasons and he’s always delivered.”

Williams returns to the basketball court this season after averaging almost 30 points, six assists and seven rebounds per game last year as a junior, establishing himself as one of the most exciting backcourt prospects in the area with his well-rounded game.

“It feels good to get everything wrapped up,” said Williams following the ceremony. “Now, I can just worry about finishing out my senior year and making it count in every way.”

While Williams committed back in the spring, Slater, Green and Davis made their commitments during the fall.

This will be Davis’ first year in a Chargers’ uniform, after playing the past three seasons at West Bloomfield.

Davis and Green, teammates on the AAU circuit with the Michigan Storm since they were little, will head a Lathup girls basketball squad this winter that will be a favorite to win a league title and in the hunt for the program’s third straight district championship.

Last Updated: 11/18/2012 3:00:22 AM EST

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