5 men’s basketball players earn all-Region honors
03.20.2017 | By Amanda Fenwick
PASADENA, Texas — Five San Jacinto College men’s basketball players have earned Region XIV postseason honors and Head Coach Scott Gernander has been named the region’s coach of the year.
First-team all-Region XIV went to Corey Davis (Lafayette, Louisiana / Lafayette HS) and Jorden Duffy (Upper Marlboro, Maryland / James M. Bennett HS). Tay Hardy (Natchitoches, Louisiana / Lakeview HS) was named to the all-Region second team, and James Kirksey (Chester, Pennsylvania / Chester HS / Clarendon College) and Kabir Mohammed (Lagos, Nigeria / National Chrisitan Academy) earned honorable mention honors. Head Coach Scott Gernander, now in his fifth year at the helm of the San Jac program, was named the Region XIV coach of the year.
Duffy leads the team in scoring averaging 19.4 points per game, a mark that ranks him 35th nationally. Davis is second at 17.2 points per game and also leads the team in 3-point shooting, averaging 46 percent from long range. Hardy and Mohammad avearge 13.0 and 10.9 points per game, respectively, while Mohammad is the team’s top rebounder at 8.4 per game. Kirksey owns marks of 9.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. He and Davis are the only two players to start in all 33 games.
San Jac (32-1) opens the 2017 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament as the nation’s top seed and will face Connors State out of Oklahoma at 2 p.m. (CDT) on Tuesday. San Jacinto College earned the automatic bid to the national tournament after defeating Panola College for the Region XIV championship.
San Jac is making its 21st overall national tournament appearance. This will be the second trip to Hutchinson under Gernander, who guided the 2015 team to the national tournament on an at-large bid. San Jacinto College last won the men’s basketball national title in 1986 when the team went undefeated with a 37-0 record. San Jac has won four national titles (1968, 1983, 1984, and 1986), and was the national runner-up on four occasions (1967, 1977, 1997, and 2003).
The 2017 NJCAA Division I men’s basketball national tournament takes place in Hutchinson, Kansas, March 20-25. Complete tournament information, including a bracket and link to watch the games live, can be found at njcaahutchtourney.com.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.