Two NCAA Division One Transfers, High School Post newest Greyhounds

The Moberly Area Community College Men’s Basketball Program has added three new players to NJCAA Letter-of-Intents for the 2017-18 school year. Joining the Greyhounds are 6’0” guard Billy Thomas (Detroit, Michigan), 6’5” forward Marshawn Blackmon(St. Louis, Missouri) and 6’9” post Brian Beckwith(Little Rock, Arkansas). Thomas is a Division One Transfer from Oakland University where he redshirted this past season. He was one of the top guards in the State of Michigan his senior season as he lead North Farmington to the state tournament by averaging 23 points, shot 39% from three point range while averaging 4 assists, 4 steals and 3 rebounds per game. He lead his team to the State Finals and scored 60 points in two state tournament games.

Blackmon is a transfer from Division One Eastern Illinois University where he is recieiving a medical redshirt from this past season after having his season ended becaue of injury/surgery. As a freshman, the 6’5” slasher played in 30 games for former MACC Coach Jay Spoonhour while shooting 61 percent from the field with a season high of nine points at Murray State and 3 other games with 8 points. For the season he grabbed 86 rebounds as a college freshman with 37 offensive rebounds. Blackmon played at Fort Zumwalt South High School in the St. Louis Metro Area where as a senior he earned first team Class 5A All State Honors in Missouri while averaging 22 points and 9 rebounds per game. He lead his HS team his senior season to a 23-6 record and his team to the Class 5A Sectional. As a junior, he averaged 17 points per game and lead his squad to the Elite 8 of the Class 5 A State Tournament. He has already been placed on the Fort Zumwalt Wall of Fame last season.

Beckwith a very good shooting post who played at Catholic for Boys High School in North Little Rock, Arkansas. He averged 9.7 ppg,6 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game during the 2015-16 season. He is an excellent shooting big man who is expected to bring that perimeter dimension to the Greyhounds attack this upcoming season along with being very athletic.

“I always have three goals every off season,” said Coach Patrick Smith, “To help our sophomores graduate and move on to the next level, improve the group we have as returnees for next season and to recruit players who are going to have us in contention for championships. These three players, in my opinion, make us better as Thomas is just a lights out shooter who can play the wing or point; Blackmon is really good attacker off the dribble and flat out rebounds the ball while able to play the wing or “4” position while Beckwith is a “diamond in the rough” player who just really impressed us with his shooting ability and his best days are ahead of him. As difficult as the end of this past season was in the regional finals, I can honestly say we are looking forward to next season and preparing for that success every day. I just feel like we have a very good group returning and have added five really good players with our current recruiting class.”




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