2017 NEMCC #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)

Last Season’s Record

21-8 ( North Division Champions, State Runner-up, Region XXIII Runner ups)

Head Coach:

Cord Wright

Players From Last Year That Went to 4 Year Schools

Shaq Buchanan- Murray State

Kendall Stafford – North Alabama

DD Smith – North Alabama

Shunn Buchanan- New Mexico State

Zachery Hudson- Bethel

Top Returners

6’8 – Bryce Smith – 6 ppg 5 rpg- Lefty with big, strong body. He scores in the paint and steps out makes the 3. Tough kid, Runs the floor well.  Interest from – Jacksonville State, New Orleans, Middle Tenn., S. Miss, Tenn. State, Portland state and a bunch more

6’4 – Darius Williams– 10ppg, 5 rpg-Can really shoot it well, has range from deep. Nice 1-2 dribble pullup as well. Very tough, rebounds, competes on both ends the floor.  Interest from- Evansville, New Orleans, Southeastern La, North Alabama, SFA, Indiana State and few more)

6’0 – Conner McKay –7 ppg-Skilled and is a great passer. Can really shoot it, knows how to play.  Interest from- Arkansas Monticello – Blue Mountain, Shorter

Top Incoming Players

6’9 – Brandon Mills – (freshman)- Long, runs floor well and  very good rebounder. Shot blocker defends paint. Little raw on offensive end but has skills to be a good low post scorer. Interest from- S. Miss, Southeastern la, New Orleans, UTEP,

6’2 – Denzel McDuffey – (freshman)-Driver with nice mid-range game. Needs to continue to develop the 3-point shot. Works hard, defends tough. Interest from- Southeastern La , Lamar, Jacksonville State

6’2 – Felix Hayes – (Freshman)-Good shooter, rebounds well and always around the ball. Competes on both ends of the floor, plays bigger than his size.

6’0 – Bryant Givens –13 ppg 3.6 ast (Transfer from Lincoln Trail)-Super quick and has a very nice jump shot, very skilled with the basketball and  runs team well. Interest from- Indiana state, Ball State, Lamar, Jacksonville State, UT Martin 

5’9 – Job Vernor– 7ppg 2 ast (transfer from East Mississippi)-Hard-nosed, true point. Lefty is very good passer and decision maker. Defends and makes open shots. Has a very good feel for running a team and good shot selection

6’3 – Antares Gwyn ( freshman) -Plays hard, tough, rebounds and defends position well. Has no true position just gets things done.

6’7 Josh Jackson (freshman)- Athlete/slasher and really good in open floor. Plays hard, defends, makes 15 foot shot

Summary of Program

Last season was Mississippi North Division champion and the state and region XXlll runner-up. Back is a solid core of sophomores, including three starters. Added a very good group of freshman from the state and a very good out of state point guard, meeting some needs with transfers that should make the team deeper. Team will be very well balanced and has the capability of being a good defensive team. Expectations are high.