2017 Southwest Mississippi CC #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.

Last Season’s Record

Southwest Mississippi CC

18-9, lost in Semi Finals of the State tournament and the Region 23 Semi Final

Players from last season’s Team who moved on to 4 Year Level (Player/School)

  • Mike Parks—Memphis
  • Rodrick Sikes—South Alabama
  • Emanuel “Trell” Thompson—Morehead State
  • James Hawthorne—MTSU
  • Sean Smith –St Cloud State (NCAA D2)
  • Guy Johnson – Mississippi College (NCAA D2)

Top Returning Players

 Jeremy Harrell—6’7”  225 lb. 4/5  Offers from St. Peters, Western Illinois , Nicholls State.  Avg 3.3 ppg and 1.6 rpg last season.    Interest from many others including Nebraska Omaha, New Hampshire, UT-Martin and Boise State.  3.42 GPA

Antonio Cowart 6’2”  180 lbs.  Combo  8.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.8 apg  Mullens top 100 participant.  3.62 gpa

Offers from Southern Miss, Portland State, Nicholls state, Jacksonville, SELU, Lots of other interest.

Howard Smith 6’4-Howard Red-Shirted last season due to an ankle injury.  He is a 6’4” 205 pound 3/4 shooter that has deep range.  He can shoot off screens, in transition and off the bounce.  He is relentless on the glass, especially on the offensive end.  He has a strong, wide body that allows him to mix it up inside as well.  He currently has a 3.39 GPA and is on pace to graduate in the spring.  This weekend will be his first ever college game.

Top Newcomers

Roydell Brown– ULL Transfer, started 10 games as a sophomore

He is a 6’5” 195 pound wing that can play both inside/out and defend at a very high level.  He has really worked on his perimeter skills and is unstoppable in the open court.  He will be a standard 4-2-4 transfer and currently has 2.77 GPA.   Offers from multiple schools including—Jacksonville State, NW State, New Orleans, Nicholls state,  lots of mid level interest.

Ricardo Lynch (Miami Dade Transfer)

Ricardo transferred to us from Miami Dade CC where he averaged 11.9 ppg and 4.4 rpg last season.  He is 6’7” 210 pounds and can play in the post or on the perimeter. He is a 4 man that is a long and athletic and can really stretch the floor with his ability to shoot.  He transferred in a 2.54 GPA and is on pace to graduate in the spring.  Currently holds an offer from UT-Martin

Open Gym / Elite 80 Highlights:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVjefXPL42I      

Devon Benson-Devon originally signed with Jones CC and Redshirted all of last year.  He is a 6’7” 230 pound forward and was one of the top players in the state out of high school. He is very solid at all aspects of his game on both ends of the floor and has a Division I body.  Will need summer to graduate, but will be DI eligible. 

Open Gym Highlights:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-eGBPVl9m4      

John Knight III – John is a true freshman that qualified out of high school. John is a 6’2” 190 pound explosive point guard that has a high major body.  He is an elite player that can get to the rim at ease and can finish well above the rim.  His ability to defend full court is something special to watch.  His mid-range game is complete and his range to three has developed immensely during his first month on campus.  He has a high major ceiling and his potential is unlimited.  He is a qualifier looking to sign after his freshman year.   Offer from Jacksonville State

Open Gym Highlights:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP_nlwoiQr0        

TJ Ben—TJ was a big time scorer in high school.  He has unlimited range and has great shooting touch.  He is a sneaky athlete and can play both inside and out.  He is a great offensive rebounder and has a knack for the ball.  At 6’4” 200 pounds he will play some 3 and 4 for this year.   Freshman Qualifier

Open Gym Highlights:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iw88KIpg9ew      

Aleksa Dobrijevic—Aleksa comes to us from Belgrade, Serbia for his freshman season.  He is a left handed sharp shooter that is a high IQ player with a crafty offensive game.  He is a legit 6’7” and is 195 pounds.  Qualifying Fresh—Will be open to any level.

Open Gym Highlights:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4x2d8oKdbNI     

Freshman Non Qualifiers:

Quez Williamson—Quez is a 6’2” 185 pound, long, athletic wing that can do a variety of things on both ends of the floor.  He will be a Division I prospect due to his length and ability score at all three levels.  He is a great competitor and will help us tremendously as a role player in his freshman season.

Open Gym Highlights:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eom5GMoDvYs  

 Robert “Bob” Boyd—Bob has a high level frame, standing at 6’1” and 190 pounds.  He is by far our toughest kid and has a relentless motor, especially on the defensive end.   He is a left handed shooter and will find the floor this year with his ability to create his own shot and defend.  He loves the weight room and is a high energy prospect.

Open Gym Highlights:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEKsnv0_Kew     

 Charles Winston—Charles is a 5’7”  150 pound shot of lightening.  He has one speed, fast.  He is very quick and will be a great defender in our pressing defense.  He makes others better by his ability to get to the paint. 

Open Gym Highlights:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbUhGYWnCgk     

Program Background

Won the Mississippi State title in 2016, have had 9 players sign Division I scholarships in past 3 years and had the highest Team GPA in the nation the past two years, including a team GPA of 3.59 which is the second highest all time in the history of the NJCAA.