Baltimore – The Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference (Maryland JUCO) has released its 2018-19 Men's Basketball Coaches Association Pre-Season Poll. Defending conference champion Harford Community College leads the way, narrowly edging out Baltimore City Community College, as the two teams split the 14 first-place votes.
"The coaches in this league have all worked hard to recruit many high caliber student-athletes in Maryland and the surrounding states," said Maryland JUCO Men's Basketball Coaches Association President and Harford head men's basketball coach Mike Smelkinson. "That combined with the fact that there are many talented returners, indicate that it will be a year filled with entertaining games, and a tight race for the conference title."
Frederick Community College (third), Allegany College of Maryland (fourth) and Montgomery College (fifth) round out the top five.
Cecil College (sixth), College of Southern Maryland (seventh) and Garrett College (eighth) are next, followed by Prince George's Community College (ninth) and Howard Community College (tenth) to finish up the top ten.
Last season's Maryland JUCO Men's Basketball Tournament championship, hosted by Prince George's, saw Harford defeat Cecil 71-62 to capture the conference title.
The Maryland JUCO Men's Basketball Coaches Association also announced its "Players to Watch" for the 2018-19 season, which can be found below.
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|Players to Watch|
|Harford||Isaiah Boggs||So||6'2" returning starting off-guard…averaged 11.6 ppg, 4.3 reb, 3.1 asts in 2017-18|
|Harford||Khalil Williams-Diggins||So||6'0" returning starting point guard…averaged 11.7 ppg, 4.3 reb, 2.5 asts in 2017-18|
|Dundalk||Richard Hibbert||So||2nd Team All Region XX as freshman…athletic guard who has a knack for making
|Dundalk||Dana Strothers||So||Strong 2-guard…averaged 17 ppg, 6 reb as freshman at Manor College…loves to
get in the lane and draw contact
|Baltimore City||Kobby Ayetey||So||
6'7" 3-4…shoots the '3', big motor, and boards…many DI schools in the gym...HM
|Baltimore City||Victor Okafor||So||6'8" 3-4…extremely athletic; can shoot, run, and rebound…hit the weight room
big time…transformed body and game…many DI schools in the gym.
|Montgomery||Freddie Harris||So||Ranked 8th in NJCAA in rebounds (423 rebounds) as freshman; 10.6 ppg,
12.4 reb…very efficient 57% FG.
|Montgomery||Marcus Driscoll||Fr||6'6" 1st Team All State of Virginia...Region 6A Player of the Year, 17ppg,
9.5 reb; versatile/athletic wing
|Howard||Jordan Reid||So||15th in MDJUCO scoring 14.4 ppg... 3.0+ GPA|
|Howard||Deven Richmond||Fr||6'4 Forward from DeMatha HS...a 3.5 GPA|
|Southern MD||Jerome Savoy||So||2018 Region XX Tournament MVP…averaged just under 10 PPG and
shot 42% from 3
|Southern MD||Jason Newman||Fr||3rd Team All Met…led Potomac HS to 21-3 record; averaged over 20 PPG|
|Cecil||Cornell Corbin||So||All around guard who does everything, tough competitor|
|Cecil||Shylier Ringgold||So||Small forward who does all the little things, natural leader|
|Prince Georges||Dexter Turner||So||True PG...7-1 assist to turnover ratio...knockdown 3 point shooter|
|Prince Georges||Deon Savage||So||Hyrbid 4 plays both ends of the floor...hard relentless rebounder|
|Catonsville||Jordan Tucker||So||6'4 215-lb wing...strong can knock down the 3...drives the ball strong
to the rim
|Catonsville||Everette Coker||So||6'4 210-lb off Guard...shot the 3pt at 47.3, fg 51.3 and reb 6.7...he also
received player of the year votes in 16-17
|Allegany||Demarcus Demonia||So||Named 3rd Team All American, 1st Team All Region XX & 1st Team All
MDJUCO as a freshman...averaged 18.2ppg, 8.1rpg, 3.2apg, 1.1spg,
|Allegany||Antoine Lewis||So||Strong, quick guard that can create for himself and others…has a great
motor and court vision…will play hard at both ends of the floor.
|Frederick||Henry Okoye||Fr||6'7" Forward...Very athletic and strong around the basket…can score with
back to the basket, and can stop out on perimeter…very active on the
glass and will be able to defend his position.
|Frederick||Dwayne Garner||So||6'5" Forward…smooth lefty who can do a lot…started every game in
17-18…excellent passer…scores inside/out…skilled ball handler and shooter
who can defend very well.
|Garrett||Zykeem Davis||So||Great athlete that can shoot from three point range…also a very
|Garrett||Elisha Kidd||So||RS last season, guard that gets it done in all areas…really attacks
the basket and one of our top defenders…a 3.4 overall gpa.
|Chesapeake||Julius Cobb||Fr||6'6" Athletic Pwr. Forward…very active around the basket.|
|Chesapeake||Jordan Bolder||Fr||6'5" Sm. Forward…versatile and solid defender|
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About the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference (www.mdjuco.org and 443-840-1751)
The Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference (Maryland JUCO) exists to govern and conduct championships for the conference's 16 varsity sports. Chartered in the late 1960s, the conference is composed of 16 Maryland community colleges that compete in a variety of varsity intercollegiate athletics. Maryland JUCO oversees and promotes programs dedicated to academic and athletic goals of its diverse institutions, while enhancing opportunities for balanced intercollegiate athletic programming. The conference provides organizational structure for its membership while strengthening commitments to their students and communities. In accordance with the philosophy of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), the conference operates under the highest standards of integrity, equity and sportsmanship.
Each season, Maryland JUCO verifies the eligibility of all its student athletes, schedules, and statistics for statewide competition. To help foster the best academic and athletic experience for student athletes, the Maryland JUCO relies heavily on the work of its sports liaisons, coaches associations and the Maryland JUCO Advisory Council.
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