2 men’s basketball players earn all-American honors

06.06.2017 | By Madelon Zimmermann

PASADENA, Texas – The 2016-2017 season came to a close for the San Jacinto College men’s basketball team with two players being named all-Americans, the team’s 21st overall appearance at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Basketball National Championship, and a Region XIV title.

Sophomores Corey Davis (Lafayette, Louisiana/ Lafayette HS) and Jorden Duffy (Upper Marlboro, Maryland/ James M. Bennet HS) were selected as all-Americans by the NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee. Davis, who has signed a national letter of intent to continue his education and basketball career at the University of Houston was named first team All-American, while Duffy, who signed a national letter of intent to the University of North Texas, was named third team all-American. Sophomore Chris Harris (Houston, Texas/ James Madison HS) has also signed a national letter of intent with the University of Houston.

This season the team had an overall record of 33-2. It remained undefeated for the majority of the season and was seeded No.1 heading into the Region XIV championship tournament. It was also the No. 1 seed in the NJCAA national championship tournament. San Jac won two games before falling to Northwest Florida State (27-4) in the quarterfinals.

“This was a special season that I will never forget,” said Head Coach Scott Gernander. “It ended a little sooner than we thought, but that’s something that comes with competing in sports. We accomplished almost all of our goals. Thirty wins in college basketball is something to be extremely proud of and something every team must work hard to earn.”

Several players received all-Region honors. First team all-Region was awarded to sophomore guards Davis and Duffy. Second team all-Region was awarded to freshman guard Tay Hardy (Natchitoches, Louisiana/ Lakeview HS) and honorable mentions were awarded to sophomore guard James Kirksey (Chester, Pennsylvania/ Chester HS, Clarendon College) and freshman guard Kabir Mohammed (Lagos, Nigeria/ National Christian Academy).

In addition to the player’s honors, Gernander was named the region’s coach of the year. This is his fifth season as head coach and he has led the team to two national tournament appearances.

The men’s basketball team will hold tryouts for the 2017-2018 season on Saturday, June 10, 2017. The tryouts will take place at Anders Gymnasium on the San Jacinto College Central Campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Questions about tryouts should be directed to the San Jacinto College men’s basketball office at 281-476-1849.

For more information about the San Jacinto College men’s basketball team visit the San Jacinto College athletics website.

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.

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