Fonda signs Letter of Intent
Caruthersville High School’s star player and leading scorer, Tallon Fonda, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball with Rend Lake College, located in Ina, Illinois. The 6’4” senior signed the dotted in a ceremony with family, friends and coaches in the Tiger gym lobby Friday, Feb. 23.
Fonda, an All-Conference and All-District talent, has worked hard to get to where he is, but is well aware of the fact that the real work lies ahead. “I got in the gym and worked hard and took a lot of shots,” he said. “I have to get tougher and stay in the gym. I’m ready for the commitment. To make it at the college level, it’s going to take a lot of dedication and work.”
Happy, but sorry to lose such an incredible talent and outstanding young man, Caruthersville head coach Lamonte Bell had nothing but glowing words of commendation for his soon-to-be college standout. “I’ve been coaching Tallon since he was in the seventh grade. I know him well, and I know his family well,” he said. “His game is still progressing. He’s a lot stronger and shooting a lot better, and I can’t wait to see him play at the next level.”
Above and beyond his skills on the court, Bell is impressed with Fonda’s demeanor and success, both on and off the court. “As a coach, he’s been a blessing,” he said. “I’ve not had one problem out of that kid. I’m just so proud for Tallon and his family. I’m going to miss him. He’s been good to me, and he’s one of the reasons Caruthersville has had success in recent years.”
Bell also had a few recommendations for Tallon before he walks into the Warrior gym this summer. “As he enters the collegiate level, he’s going to have to get a lot stronger,” Bell said. “With the coaching staff Rend has, he’ll pick it all up very quickly and do whatever they ask him to do.”
Tallon said he would like to thank Coach Bell and all the Caruthersville coaching staff, the Tiger faculty and administration, his teammates, the Caruthersville community and, most of all, his parents.