South Georgia State 2016 #JucoTeamPreview

Editors Note: Our #JucoTeamPreview 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 8th, the CBHoops Juco Jam South October 15th, and  Juco Jam Atlanta October 22nd. All Players Highlight in Blue below link to their #JucoReportCard.

Jamborees Participating In:

#BOTSJamboree-Oct 8th (Kell HS, Marietta, GA)-Click Here for Info

#CBHoopsJCJam-Oct 15th (Gordon State College)-Click Here for Info

Last Season’s Record

25-7

Players from last season’s Team who moved on to 4 Year

Richard Love, Jr.-Georgia Southwestern University (NCAA D2)

DeAundray Rhett-Edward Waters College (NAIA)

Tyrone Sam- Jacksonville University (NCAA D1)

Momodou Senghore -College of Coastal Georgia (NAIA)

Duke Robinson-University of North Georgia (NCAA D2)

Andre Elam-Florida Southern College (NCAA D2)

Russell Keyhea-Northeastern State University (OK)  (NCAA D2)

Karim Mawuenyega-University of Arkansas – Monticello (NCAA D2)

Players To Watch

Zaquavian Smith ‘Qua’ – 6’0 / 170 / Statesboro HS / SOPH / COMMITTED TO NICHOLLS STATE

Scoring guard -As a freshman here he won Team’s Freshman of the Year; Named to GCAA Freshman All-Star Game (and was leading scorer in the game); 1st on the team in 3-point percentage (42.5%); 2nd on the team in scoring (11.2); 2nd on the team in free throw percentage (71.2); 4th in the GCAA in 3-point percentage (42.5%); 3rd in GCAA games in 3-pointers made (41); 8th in the GCAA in 3-pointers made (62); 15th in the GCAA in points per game (11.2); 9th in the GCAA in points per minute played; Scored double-digits in 18 games last season; Scored 20 or more points in 4 games last season; Hit a 3-point basket in 24 / 32 games last season; Had 2 or more steals in 8 games last season; Has 5 or more rebounds in 5 games last season; Career high in points (25) vs Atlanta Metropolitan State College; Career high in assists (3) happened 3 different times last season;Career high in rebounds (10) was at Webber International University JV; Career high in steals (6) was vs. Atlanta Metropolitan State College; 3rd best in school history -62 3-pointers made in a season; Tied school record for most block shots in a game (5) at Chattahoochee Technical College; Made 46 of his 62 3-pointers in the second half of the season (17 games 2.7 3-point baskets made a game in that stretch); Qua was a vital addition to the SGSC Hawks winning 25 games last season and being runner-up in the GCAA for the regular season; JuCoReport.com name Qua one of the top returners in the NJCAA

Jarred Heard – 6’3 / 180 / Westlake HS / SOPH

True PG -As a freshman Team Hype Man Award – Was the captain of the “Bench Mob”, 4th in the GCAA in Assist to Turnover Ratio 2.8 to 1, Career high in points (8) vs. Combine Academy, Career high in assists (11) vs. Handle It Prep, 3 games of 5 or more assists, Career high in steals (4) vs. Handle It Prep, Career high in rebounds (6) vs. East Georgia State College, Had 4 games of 5 rebounds or more last season, 3rd on the team in assists and assists per game, Jarred was a vital addition to the SGSC Hawks winning 25 games last season and being runner-up in the GCAA for the regular season. Jarred lead from the PG for winning teams all his life, Westlake HS, Georgia Stars, and SGSC Hawks.

Jordan Young – 6’8 / 210 / Albany HS / SOPH /

Post -As a freshman won the Team Iron Man Award –best in weight room, Scored double-digits 3 times last season, Career high is points (11) vs. Summer Hill Post graduate Academy, Had 5 or more rebounds in a game 5 times last season, Career high in rebounds (7) in 2 games last season

Career high in block shots (2) vs. Middle Georgia Prep, J-Young was a vital addition to the SGSC Hawks winning 25 games last season and being runner-up in the GCAA for the regular season and had a great showing this summer in showcases he attended as his game as improved leaps and bounds from his freshman season

McKinley Chambless – 6’6 / 205 / Southwest Georgia Christian Academy / RS-SOPH

Stretch 4- As a red-shirt freshman at SGSC won the Team’s Mastercard Award – most charges per minute played, Named to GCAA Freshman All-Star Game, Was named All-GCAA Academic Team, Career high in points (7) vs TAAG and at Chattahoochee Technical College. Career high in rebounds (5) at Brewton Parker College JV, Took the most charges per minute played, In 2 seasons, McKinely has been a valuable part to 50-plus wins, a regular season conference title, conference tournament runner-up, and 2nd in the GCAA Regular Season this season. 82% winning percentage!

O’Showen Williams – 5’11 / 180 / Stratford Academy / FR

PG -Qualifier out of high school, 1,000 point scorer in high school led team to final four and played with the Georgia Stars. Tough, strong, and quick.  All-State first team in football and basketball.

Sheldon Hendrix – 5’11 / 185 / Southeast Bullock HS / RS-FR

Shooter / red shirted last season and improved his handle and strength.

DJ Bryant – 6’4 / 195 / Tift County HS (Savannah State U. D1 Transfer) / RS-SOPH

Wing -Won a State Championship at Tift County HS as a senior averaging 12ppg.  While at Savannah State University DJ averaged 5ppg, scoring double-digits 4 times, and had his career high at Indiana University (14 points).  Played in every game as a freshmen, while starting in 8 games. BIO and stats at SSU: http://www.ssuathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=2334&path=mbball And hit a game winner at Coppin State University

GAME WINNING SHOT:

Zaire Cook – 6’4 / 170 / Glenn Hills HS / SOPH

Wing -As a freshman won the Team Spark Plug Award – for playing so well when called upon off the bench, 1st on the team in 3-point percentage (60%), 2nd on the team in field goal percentage (51.5%), 1st in the GCAA in Assist to Turnover Ratio (3 to 1), Career High in points (11) vs. TAAG. Hit his first 6 3-pointers taken in the season, Career high in rebounds (5) in two different games this season, Cook was a vital addition to the SGSC Hawks winning 25 games this season and being runner-up in the GCAA for the regular season.

Shaq Williams  – 6’1 / 180 / Hamilton HS (FL)-RS-Soph

Wing- Stared on state runner team in Florida 1A, as a red-shirt freshman at SGSC Team Never Quit Award – Continues working and improving daily, Played in 17 games, Career high in points (5) vs. Handle It Prep, Hit 3 3-pointers last season and in 2 seasons at SGSC, Shaq has been a valuable part to 50-plus wins, a regular season conference title, conference tournament runner-up, and 2nd in the GCAA Regular Season this season. 82% winning percentage!

Khalil Abdullah – 6’4 / 205 / Brookwood HS / RS- SOPH

Tough undersized post. Most Efficient Award – for shooting the highest field goal percentage on the team, Led the team in Field Goal Percentage (60.9%), Played in 18 games, Career high in points (10) vs. TAAG, Career high in rebounds (5) vs. Handle It Prep and in 2 seasons, Khalil has been a valuable part to 50-plus wins, a regular season conference title, conference tournament runner-up, and 2nd in the GCAA Regular Season this season. 82% winning percentage! A Great student.

Nate Louis – 5’10 / 170 / Poinciana HS (FL) / FR

HS qualifier. Point guard who can shoot.

Branelious Ross – 6’5 / 220 / Savannah HS / RS-FR

Strong, tough undersized post who can shoot and is a tremendous student.

Will Vermylen – 6’6 / 200 / Faith Baptist / FR

International post player who can shoot and play multiple positions

About the Program

The last two seasons the Hawks have won 52 games and the GCAA Season Championship in 2014-15, finished 2nd in 2015-16, finished ranked 18th in the NJCAA Poll 2014-15 and 22nd in the 2015-16 NJCAA Poll. The Hawks lost the 2nd leading scorer in the country, GCAA Player of the Year, and NJCAA All-American Tyrone Sam who graduated and moved onto to Jacksonville University while also losing 7 other guys off of last year’s team who all graduated and are playing at four year schools now. You would think loosing 8 total would mean no returners, but SGSC returns one of the top freshman in the GCAA (Zaquavian Smith) who scored 33 points in the GCAA Freshman All-Star Game.  Qau has committed to Nicholls State University early and will graduate this Spring Semester.  SGSC also returns 5 other contributors off of last season’s team and 7 guys who dressed out. Jarred Heard will be a vital part to the team this season with his leadership, defense, passing, and shooting; while Jordan Young and McKinley Chambless (GCAA All-Freshman Game participant) will be key for the SGSC success.  Ziare Cook, Shaq Williams, and Khalil Abdullah also return from last season’s roster and could be names to watch this season. SGSC had 3 red-shirts last season and none will be more important than Sheldon Hendrix, a scoring combo guard who is lighting quick.  Newcomers will play a factor as well for the Hawks this season.  SGSC signed 2 Division I transfers, Tracy Hector, Jr., from Kennesaw State (currently injured- will medical red shirt this season) and DJ Bryant, from Savannah State University who will both be well known names in the program before their careers are over. Add in Freshman All-State high school player O’Showen Williams from Stratford Academy in Macon, GA and Nate Louis from 5A Florida State Champions Poinciana HS and the Hawks have one of the most talented teams they have had in recent memory.  SGSC has had back-to-back GCAA Player of the Year and NJCAA All-Americans (Jovante’ Spivey 14-15 and Tyrone Sam 15-16), so that leads one to ask who is next?

“I am excited about the possibilities of this team and look forward to seeing each player grow and improve throughout the season on the court and in the classroom” said Coach Baldwin, who won his 200th NJCAA game as a head coach last season and starts his 11th season as a NJCAA coach this season, 8th at SGSC (Waycross), and 18th year overall in coaching.