Alma all-state athlete signs with Lyon men's basketball

BATESVILLE, Ark. ( – A two-time Arkansas Class 5A All-State player who led his team deep into the basketball playoffs the past two seasons, Alma High School graduate Brock Widders has signed a letter-of-intent to continue his playing career with Lyon College.

Widders, who led the Airedales to combined 45-12 (.790) record the past two seasons, finished high school with a 3.96 GPA and ranked 21st out of 231 in his graduating class of 2013.

As a junior he led Alma to the Class 5A State Quarterfinals, with a 22-5 record. The Airedales were the Class 5A West Champions, winning the Russellville Tournament and the Airedale Classic.

Widders was named Class 5A West All-Conference, 5A All-State and he was also named to the 5A State All-Tournament team. The 5A West All-Conference player averaged 14.6 points per game, hitting 51% of his field goals, including 59% of his two-point attempts and 38% of his three-pointers. He made 74% of his free throws, while pulling down 6.0 rebounds a game and dished out 3.0 assists. He finished the year by being named to the Fort Smith Radio Group All-Area team.

During his senior season in 2012-13, Widders improved his scoring average to 19.6 points per game as helped Alma to a 23-7 record and a trip to the Class 5A State Championship game. The Airedales once again won the Russellville Tournament and Airedale Classic, while taking the title in the Charles B. Dyer Classic, as well.

Widders was the Southwest Times Record Player of the Year as a senior, hitting 54% of his field goals, including 62% of his two-point field goals and 41% of his three-point shots. He converted 73% of his free throws and averaged 5.5 boards and handed out 2.4 assists.

He was the Fort Smith Radio Group Player of the Year and made the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star team after earning 5A All-State, 5A West All-Conference and being named to the Class 5A State All-Tournament team. Widders was also named to the Channel 5 News All-Area squad.

Brock is the son of Pat and Pam Widders of Alma.

Widders joins a Lyon College men's basketball squad that graduated only one senior off of last season's 9-20 team that qualified for the American Midwest Conference (AMC) Postseason Tournament. The Scots are now under the direction of Chad Tapp, who will lead Lyon after three successful seasons at Indiana University South Bend. He led the Titans to the institution's first back-to-back winning seasons in school history and pushed them to their first 20-win season (20-12) in 2012-13.

Lyon College opens the 2013-14 on Oct. 29 in Lookout Point, Missouri, taking on College of the Ozarks.