JCJC signs top basketball talent
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-04-20 20:57:47
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College basketball coaches officially announced their 2011 signees during the “Bobcat Basketball Recruiting Special,” which was televised live here Wednesday morning in the Media Room of the C.L. Neill Student Center.
Both teams added substantial talent from the eight-county JCJC district.
Four of the six Lady Bobcat signees and eight of the ten men’s signees came from the school’s in-district recruiting area.
“We are so excited because we found some players that can fill every position we need,” said Lady Bobcat head coach Sandra Sumrall. “We have some players than can play the ‘2’ or ‘3’ or ‘1’ or ‘2’ or ‘4’ or ‘5.’ When we went out, we looked for talent and we looked for a good work ethic, not only on the court, but off the court and in the classroom.”
Men’s head coach Don “Bubba” Skelton was pleased with the haul the Bobcats made locally, as well. Five of the signees are from the state 5A champions from Wayne County High School.
“Our recruiting area was much better than it has been,” said Skelton. “To be honest, there were a few more we considered offering, but we are happy with this group. These are the guys we liked the most.
“I saw Wayne County many times this year and I love what they do. I’ve seen Coach (Ron) Norman’s teams in the summertime also and they do a great job with the system they run. Hopefully, we can run it as well as they do and we will be in great shape.”
The Lady Bobcats signed Marquita Kemp from West Jones High School. Kemp is a 5-foot-8 forward, who averaged 12.1 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. The Lady Mustangs have made it to the Mississippi Coliseum the past two years for the 5A state tournament.
La’Porsche Jones is a 5-foot-4 guard from Quitman High School, who averaged 10.9 points, 3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.7 steals per game.
Akeya Kittler is a 5-foot-11 forward from Wayne County High School. She averaged 10.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
Qualece Lyman is a 5-foot-7 guard from Richton High School. She averaged 23 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals per game.
The Lady Bobcats signed Jamillah Williams, a 5-foot-5 point guard from state 2A champion Scott Central.
And from out of state, the Lady Bobcats added Kasey McKinney, a 5-foot-7 guard from Pinson Valley High School in Pinson Valley, Ala., just outside of Birmingham.
The Lady Bobcats went 19-8 this past season and advanced to the MACJC state championship game for the third straight year. They had won the title two years in a row prior to this season.
JCJC was led by first-team All-American guard Tanecka Carey, a Southern Miss signee, who led the state and was second in the nation with a 24.9 points per game average.
“Tanecka is a great athlete, who could create her shot,” said Sumrall. “But I think we will have more threats on the court this year. We feel that the kids we have recruited and signed can do that for us.
“We like to win. Jones is such an awesome place and we excited about this group.”
The Bobcats will lose eight sophomores off of last year’s 15-10 team, including 6-foot-6 All-MACJC and All-Region 23 forward Brandon Givens, who signed with Alcorn State University.
Skelton knew he would have to sign a large amount of players this spring.
“We only have two guys back who were on the roster at the end of the season with the potential for another one returning,” he said. “Tiaj Kelly had to get a medical redshirt and will be able to come back next year. So, we had to sign a lot of guys.
“Fortunately for us, I thought this senior class in our area was the best we’ve had since I’ve been here. On top of that, we were able to supplement that with a couple of guys outside of our district. We still have some more we may offer outside the state.”
Coming to JCJC from Wayne County will be 6-foot-4 forward Detrick Davis, 6-foot-5 center Emmanuel Davis, 5-foot-10 guard Donta Pittman, 5-foot-10 point guard Anthony Wilson and 6-foot-2 forward D.D. Chambers.
Felton Collins is a 6-foot-5 forward from Laurel High School. He had already signed with the Bobcat football team as a tight end in February.
Dontavious Lewis, a 5-foot-10 guard from South Jones, and J.J. Bolton, a 6-foot-3 guard from Richton High School, also came from the JCJC recruiting district.
The Bobcats also added Cory Jackson, a 6-foot-2 guard from Biloxi, and Justin Kinsey, a 6-foot-5 forward from Yazoo City.
“We picked kids that we thought could help us talent-wise,” said Skelton. “But we also picked players that came from good programs. They had solid coaching in high school and almost every one of them advanced in the playoffs.
“It was not easy to get all of them because they had options themselves. But when it came down to it, they picked us and we are really proud of that.”
To view the “Bobcat Basketball Recruiting Special,” go to www.jcjc.tv.
The next live televised show to air on JCJC-TV will be the “Lady Bobcats Soccer Recruiting Special” at 9 a.m. on May 17.