2017 Walters State #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.

Head Coach:

Bill Carlyle

Last Season record:


National Tournament Appearance – Hutchinson, Kansas 

3rd trip in 6 years 

Players Who Moved on to a 4 year School:

Ricky Dunnaway (Tennessee Tech)

Brandon Goldsmith (North Carolina Central) 

Chase Nappier (Bethel University) 

Braxton Nappier (Bethel University) 

D’Monte Evans (Lincoln University)

Andrew Roker (Vorhees University)

Top Returners:

6’7 Elijah Cooper – 10.1 ppg / 5.0 rpg

Recruitment includes:  Southland, Big Sky, SoCon, Conference USA, Sunbelt, MEAC

6’4 Eric Turner – 3 years left transferred at Christmas break 2017 from Seward County 

Recruitment includes:  Big Sky, Big South, Horizon, Ivy League


5’10 Malik McConnell – 11.3 ppg / 3.5 apg

Recruitment includes:  MEAC, SWAC, Sunbelt, Big South

Top Newcomers:

6’11 Bamba Ndiaye – 4.2 ppg / 3.9 rpg (Lincoln Trail)

Recruitment includes:  MEAC, SWAC, SoCon, Ivy League, American

6’7 Jean Michael Tine – 3.7 ppg / 3.7 rpg (Lincoln Trail)

Ivy League, American, SWAC, MEAC, SunBelt

6’6 Miles Thomas – Tennessee Tech transfer – Redshirt w/ 3 years to play

Recruitment includes:  OVC, SoCon, Mid American, Horizon, Big South


6’5 Tyler Byrd – 5.4 ppg (Gulf Coast State CC)

Former Florida Atlantic signee 

Recruitment includes:  Sunbelt, Mid American, Big Sky, Big South, SoCon, MEAC, SWAC, WAC, OVC

6’3 Randall Broddie – 10.4 ppg / 2.2 rpg / 2.7 apg (Navarro CC)

Former Memphis signee under Pastner

Recruitment includes:  Big 12, Big South, Southland, Pac 12, WAC, MEAC, SWAC, Mid American, OVC

6’3 Tyree Beason – 10.8 ppg / 3.0 rpg (Eastern Oklahoma State)

Recruitment includes:  SWAC, MEAC, LoneStar, South Atlantic

6’3 Alphonzo Peoples – 7.3 ppg / 2.2 rpg (Cleveland State)

Recruitment includes:  Big South, SoCon, SWAC, MEAC, LoneStar

6’1 Jonathan Bins – Univ of Memphis Transfer 


Program Notes:

-We have been to the national tournament 3 times in the past 6 seasons.

-Hall of Fame Head coach Bill Carlyle is top 10 in NJCAA in all time wins.  

-In his time at Walters State, the program has averaged 20 wins per season.

-Former Senators Brandon Walters (MTSU) and Alex Hicks (Troy U) both helped their teams to the NCAA Tournament last season