Fort Mill’s Keyan Mims looks to lay the basketball up during a game against South Pointe this past season. Mims will be heading to junior college in Mississippi.

FORT MILL – It has worked for other basketball players, so Fort Mill graduate Keyan Mims is hoping it works for him.

Mims, 18, is heading to Mississippi to play at Itawamba Community College to get his core college credits out of the way before transferring to a bigger school.

A two-year varsity player for the Jackets, Mims, who is 6’6” 210 pounds, averaged 12.8 points a game over 48 games in two seasons with Fort Mill. He also averaged seven rebounds and two blocks a game during that timeframe as well.

Mims looked at Spartanburg Methodist College and Howard College in Texas, but picked Itawamba over them both. The school is located in Fulton, Miss., about two hours southeast of Memphis, Tenn.

“They hit (Fort Mill Head) Coach (Dwayne) Hartsoe up and they started texting me a lot,” Mims said. “The coaches called me a lot. They were very intrigued with me. The program is good. The coaches there have a lot of experience.”

Mims said he would eventually like to get to a Division I school, but knows he has to see how things go his freshman year.

The love of basketball started for Mims at an early age as he started playing at 4-years-old.

“I grew up watching it and we are a big basketball family,” he said. “It is a fun sport to play.”

Mims said depending on how things go his freshman year, he might be able to start right away. He plans on majoring in engineering.

Mac Banks:, @fortprep