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Ammons remains one of Vicksburg’s best basketball players



Mychal Ammons (with permission)

2011 Vicksburg High School graduate Mychal Ammons remains one of the best players in the city of Vicksburg.

Ammons walked into VHS in 2007 as a freshman starting for the Gators under head coach Dellie C. Robinson where he averaged 9 points per game. VHS went 29-7 that season with the help of players such as Johnathan Phelps, Jr. who was averaging over 20 points a game.

Ammons quickly became a dominant player for the Gators by the time he entered his sophomore year. With the help of Maurice Williams and Kelsey Howard, Ammons helped the Gators to a 22-11 record in 2009.

As Ammons stood at 6’6″, he entered into a breakout season as a junior where college scouts really could see what the young athlete had to offer.

The Gators opened up the 2009-2010 season with an 85-39 victory over Velma Jackson High School. That game gave everyone a glance at how successful the Gators would be that season. Howard averaged 20 points a game that year and the star junior Ammons was right behind him as he put up 19 points per game.

VHS finished the season with a 25-4 record and was by far one of the best teams in the state of Mississippi.

Mychal Ammons (with permission)

Ammons and the Gators would have their furthest playoff reach in years in the 2010-2011 season. Ammons averaged 21.8 points per game that year and led VHS to the class 6A Championship where they had an upsetting 62-47 loss to Meridian.

Ammons was also selected to play in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game in both his junior and senior seasons.

By the end of his high school career, Ammons had multiple scholarship offers from big schools, including the University of Tennessee. He ultimately decided that the University of South Alabama was the right place for him and committed to playing for the Jaguars as he was ranked 32nd in the nation in small forwards by ESPN.

Ammons started for the Jaguars as a freshman and averaged 10.8 points per game. He continued to play for USA for two more years until he chose to not play in his senior year and enter the NBA Draft.

Ammons went undrafted in 2014 and made the decision to sign with the Feni Industries of Macedonia. He averaged 9.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 blocks per game.

Ammons would continue to play basketball overseas for much of his career and found most of his success with the Tijuana Zonkeys.  He was named as the 2018 Circuito de Baloncesto de la Costa del Pacífico finals MVP.

Ammons is still listed on the Zonkeys’ roster today, but due to COVID-19 Mexico teams are not currently playing. Many hometown fans are waiting to see Ammons back on the court soon.

Ammons is now married to his lovely wife Rocio.

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