PREP RECRUITMENT: Social Circle branch picks Iowa Central to pursue basketball career

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. — Family members, teammates, coaches and other school officials gathered in the Social Circle gymnasium lobby on May 16 to watch Tyrhell Branch sign a scholarship — a scholarship to pursue his basketball career at Iowa Central.

Branch acknowledged what the ceremony meant to him.

“It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I started playing basketball,” Branch said. “I wanted to make sure I went to college and played basketball at that level.”

Iowa Central Community College is located in Fort Dodge, Iowa, over 1,000 miles from Social Circle.

When asked if he was worried about moving so far from home, Branch said he wasn’t focusing on it.

“I’m not nervous at all,” Branch said. “I know why I’m going there and it’s to take care of business.”

Branch plans to major in commerce to earn a business degree. His backup plan behind his basketball career is to own and eventually operate a barber shop.

Since his seventh year, Branch has enjoyed cutting hair and seeing how “satisfying” haircuts look once they’re done.

Nonetheless, whatever Branch’s future holds, he recognized that none of this would be possible without the support of Social Circle High School.

“The community is very supportive,” Branch said. “Everyone wants to see you do the right thing. There is no hate, but everything is love. I think it really helps on and off the pitch.

The Redskins basketball program, in particular, Branch said, also helped him through the next phase of his life. Realizing this makes the next step bittersweet for Branch.

“I’m going to miss our team the most,” Branch said. “Going out to eat and sitting and talking with my teammates. Then there is the whole coaching staff. When I first entered ninth grade, the coaches helped me grow into a man and taught me to do the right things on and off the court.

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