Men’s basketball picked to win Region XIV South Zone
10.27.2017 | By Amanda Fenwick
PASADENA, Texas – The San Jacinto College men’s basketball team opens the 2017-2018 season next week ranked 16th in the first National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll of the season, and was picked by the region’s coaches to win the Region XIV South Zone.
San Jac returns five players from last year’s team that finished 33-2 overall, and was the top seed heading into the NJCAA national tournament. Head Coach Scott R. Gernander has added six sophomore transfers and four freshmen to lead the squad in its final season.
“We are focused on the court and ready to get the season started,” said Gernander, who enters his sixth season as head coach. “We had a great run last year that didn’t end the way we wanted it to, so we know what it takes to get to the national championship. Our team is working hard every day to get there.”
Tay Hardy (Natchitoches, Louisiana / Lakeview HS) and Kabrir Mohammed (Lagos, Nigeria / National Christian Academy) accounted for 13.1 and 10.8 points per game, respectively, last season, and are back to lead this year’s squad. Mohammed also led the team in rebounding at 8.3 per game. Joining them as returning players are Daejour Adderley (Nassau, Bahamas / Calvary Christian Academy), Britt Grant (La Porte / La Porte HS) and Lamar Hamrick (New Castle, Delaware / St. George’s Technical HS).
Gernander has added some high-scoring transfers to this year’s rosters. Among those transfers are Lamarcus Lee (Baton Rouge, Louisiana / Scotlandville Magnet HS) who appeared in 20 games last season for Copiah-Lincoln Community College, averaging 15.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Leon Sneed, a transfer from Seminole State college (Cedar Hill / Cedar Hill HS) is also new to this year’s San Jac team. He averaged 13.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game last year for the Raiders. Potomac State College transfer Malcolm Weathers (Virginia Beach, Virginia / Cape Henry Collegiate School) was a solid long-range shooter, averaging 39.5 percent from beyond the arc, and 12.5 points per game.
Last year was an historic season for the San Jacinto College men’s basketball program. San Jac was ranked in the top five for most of the season. With a Region XIV championship, San Jac earned its 21st appearance in the NJCAA national tournament, advancing to the quarterfinals. Two players were named All-American, five earned Region XIV postseason honors, and Gernander was named the region’s coach of the year.
The 2017-2018 season gets underway on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at home against Lone Star College – Kingwood. Tip-off is at 7 p.m., in Anders Gymnasium, on the San Jacinto College Central Campus.
For more information about the San Jacinto College men’s basketball program visit sanjacsports.com.
Region XIV Conference Preseason Coaches Poll (first-place votes in parenthesis)
1. Trinity Valley Community College (7)
2. Panola College (7)
3. Tyler Junior College
4. Navarro College
5. Paris Junior College
6. Kilgore College
7. Bossier Parish Community College
1. San Jacinto College (12)
2. Angelina College (1)
3. Lee College
4. Blinn College (1)
5. Lamar State College – Port Arthur
6. Jacksonville College
7. Coastal Bend College
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 45,000 credit and non-credit students each year benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities 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.