2017 GA Highlands #JucoReportPreview

Editors Note: Our #JucoReportPreview series takes a look at numerous Junior College programs that are participating in our #JucoReport Jamboree Series that includes both the Battle of the South Jamboree on October 7th, the CBHoops Juco Jam South October 14th, and  Juco Jam Atlanta October 21st. All Players Highlight in Blue below link to their #JucoReportCard.

JucoReport Jamborees Team Will Be Playing In:

#BOTSJamboree-Oct 7th-Duluth HS (GA)

#CBHoopsSuperJam-Oct 21st-Super Jam-Lake Point Sporting Community (GA)

Last Season’s Record


Head Coach:

Phil Gaffney

Players From Last Year That Went to 4 Year Schools

Kyvon Davenport-Memphis

Ty’lik Evans-Savannah State

Ty Cockfield-Arkansas State

Tre Maloney- Florida Atlantic

Kamar McKnight- Tennessee State

Antonio Wade- Young Harris

Donovan Ham- Mississippi College


6’9 – #2 D’Andre Bernard, 210, RS Soph, forward, Toronto, Canada, DI transfer from North Florida. Averaged 6 ppg, 5 rpg last year. Super athletic, great finisher. Solid 3 pt shooter, very good shot blocker. Inside/outside game on offense. Nice jump hook. Solid offensive rebounder.

Top Incoming Players

6’7 – #1 Jordan Ford, 190, RS fresh, 2-3, Atlanta, GA DI transfer from Jackson State (MS), outstanding shooter with range, athletic, very long, good defender.

6’7 – #15 Qaiyoom Olanlege, 205, forward, Brooklyn, NY, MM+ Qualifier, good handle and very good 3 pt shooting for size. Very versatile, can play guard or forward. Very long and athletic, great finisher.

6’7 – #24 Sandro Noel, 215,RS fresh, 3-4, Miami, FL. DI transfer from Southern University. Very good 3 pt shooter, athletic, good off the bounce.

6’6 – #13 Khalyl Waters, 200, RS fresh, forward, 3-4, Douglasville, GA.  DII transfer, super athletic, great quickness, attacks the basket well, solid finisher, relentless rebounder. Lefty. Versatile.

6’5 – #20 A J Farrar, 200, RS soph, guard, Atlanta, GA. LM, DII transfer, excellent size and very strong for a guard, great handle, athletic, solid rebounder, very good 3 pt shot.

6’5 – #23 Jeremiah Buford, 175, RS fresh, Atlanta, GA, Knock down 3 pt shooter with size.

6’3- #0 TaJuan Johnson, 180, soph, 1-2 guard, Maywood, IL, JUCO transfer from Kaskaskia where he averaged over 14ppg. Long, athletic, excellent attacking the basket. Shoots the 3 as well. Solid defender, very quick, solid handle.

6’1 – #4 DeMarcus Addie, 190, soph, guard, Manchester, GA. Transfer from Southern Union, averaged 19.9 ppg. Very good scorer, excellent shooter, athletic, solid handle.

6’1 – #5 AJ Banton, 6’1, 175, RS fresh, guard, Luella, GA, Knock down 3 pt shooter with range, plays point and 2 guard, good quickness and athleticism.

True Freshman

6’7 – #33 Tyler Thornton, 210, fresh forward, Atlanta, GA, Long, athletic, strong rebounder. The Georgia 2A player of the year is a solid low post defender, very good shooter from 15 ft. Lefty.

6’6 – #24 Quaion Taylor, 230, fresh, forward, Newark, NJ. Tough rebounder, physical low post player, high motor.

6’3 – #3 Quayon Williams-King, 200, fresh, 1-2 guard, Newark, NJ, Explosive athlete, great handle, good size and strength for pt gd, excellent full court defender.

6’2 – #22 Anthony Showell, 195, fresh, pure pt gd, excellent passer. Strong, excellent handle. Penetrator.

5’5 – #10 Melvin Lee, 165, fresh, guard, Milwaukee, WI. Super athletic pt guard, dunks at 5’5, exceptionally quick, solid shooter.

Summary of Program

  • Ranked #8 in Street & Smith’s College Basketball Preseason Issue
  • Have won 3 consecutive Region 17 Championships
  • Most wins in the Nation in JUCO the last 3 years (96), 69-3 the past two years.
  • Had a 56 game win streak broken last year. Still have a 40 game HOME winning streak in contact.
  • First 3 games on this years schedule are against teams that made the NJCAA tournament (Motlow St, Walters State, Caldwell Tech)