Day: June 1, 2017


Add two transfers, one frosh.

The Moberly Area Community College Men’s Basketball Program has added three players to their roster for the upcoming season. Signing with the Greyhounds are 6’8” 230 lb. post JJ Matthews from Richmond, Virginia; 6’5” sophomore wing Marcus Cole(Chicago, Illinois) and 6’6” wing Markell Jackson(Muskegon, Michigan). Matthews was a three star recruit out of high school as rated by and and attended Towson State University this past school year where he redshirted recovering from knee surgery. He lead Millbrook High School to the 2014 Virginia Class 2 State Championship his senior season averaging 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocked shots per game and was a four time MVP of his high school team.

Cole is a 6’5” versatile player who played this past season at Mott CC where he aveaged 15 ppg, 6 rebounds while shooting over 50 percent from the field. Cole was named the Freshman of the Year in the Michigan Jr. College Conference and 2nd team All League. He played his high school ball at Bogan High School in Chicago where he averaged 17 ppg and 7 rebounds per contest during his senior season.

Jackson is a 6’6” wing from Muskegon High where he averaged 16 ppg and 9 rebounds per game while leading his team to a 26-2 record his senior season. He was named first team All Area while also being named as the top three point shooter in the area( in a fan’s vote.

“We truly feel we have added three players who will all be huge keys to what we expect to be another very good team this upcoming season,” said Coach Patrick Smith, “Matthews was recruited by pretty much all of the top Jucos from the time he decided to leave. He’s a big who has versatile skills, can be a Go To player in the post for us. Cole and Jackson just give us tremendous verstatility in terms of their abilities and how we can use them in our system. Cole had a very good freshman year at Mott and is a really good attacker off the dribble, just very athletic. Jackson’s potential is just sky-high as he’s so skilled and one of the best three point shooters I’ve seen coming out of high school. He’s also just played two years of high school ball so he’s not even close to peaking out. We still have 4 to 5 to still sign but very pleased with our recruiting up to this point.”

Moberly finished 27-5 last season while winning the Region 16 regular season title, MCCAC Conference Champs and #16 national ranked in final poll.




Six Greyhounds moving on to 4 year programs
Coach Jason Owens joins staff at Pittsburg State

The Moberly Area Comm. College Men’s Basketball Program has announced that 6 sophomore players from the 2016-17 squad will be moving on to NCAA Programs for next season. Three of the players will be joining former Missouri Coach Kim Anderson at NCAA Division II Pittsburg State as signing are 6’5” wing Mar’Qywell Jackson(Detroit, Michigan); 6’9” post Dietrich Cole(Detroit, Michigan) and 6’0” point guard Jabari Antwine. Jackson averaged 11.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while being named 1st Team All MCCAC Conference. Cole worked his way into the starting line up late in the season and averaged 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds while being a tremendous defensive presence with his shot blocking. Antwine was a key player all season for the Hounds and was named 2nd team All Region and All Conference while averaging 9 ppg, 4 assists and 3 rebounds per game while starting 31 games. Former MACC Greyhound Chris Clark has also signed with Pittsburg State and will be immediately eligible.

Along with the players, Coach Jason Owens will be joining the staff at Pittsburg State. Coach Owens was a three year assistant coach for the Greyhounds during which time they were 72-26, won the 2015-16 Regional and District Titles, 2017 regional regular season and conference titles, as well as two Region 16 runner up finishes. Coach Owens will be joining Coach Kim Anderson and former Greyhound Asst. Coach Jon Gilliam with Pittsburg State.

“I cannot express enough appreciation for the job that Coach Owens did for us the last three seasons”, said Coach Patrick Smith, “His ability to recruit and be there for our players was a key to the success we’ve been able to enjoy. He has a tremendous work ethic, is a high quality person and I have no doubt he will be a tremendous asset for Pittsburg State.”

Two post players who were key players for Moberly have signed NCAA Division I LOI’s with Southland Conference member McNeese State. Continuing as teammates for McNeese State next season will be 6’8” forward Quattarius Wilson and 6’7” post Demarco Owens. Wilson, despite battling injuries all season, started 7 games and averaged 3 ppg and 3 rebounds for the season and finished the season playing very strong. Owens, along with Wilson a two year member of the Greyhounds, ended the season averaging 8 ppg and 6 rebounds while shooting 51% from the field with a high of 23 points vs. John Woods.

Previously signing with NCAA Division I UT Martin was sophomore guard Delfincko Bogan who averaged 12 points , 3 rebounds and 3 assists for Moberly.

“I’m not only proud of what this team did in terms of winning 27 games and two championships,” commented Smith, “I’m really pleased our players can move on because of what they have done on the court and with the fact they are graduating. We had three goals once the season ended and that was to help our sophomores graduate and move on, get our returnees ready for next season and recruit to replace some really good players and ready to chase greatness next season. Again, very pleased for our sophomores and can’t wait to follow their progress.”