The Moberly Area Community College women’s basketball program recently added a pair of transfers to their 2017 recruiting class with the signing of Jocelyn Taylor and Sentreal Gregory.
Taylor comes to MACC after playing her freshman season at Southeastern Illinois College. She was named the Freshman of the Year for both the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and NJCAA Region 24 as she averaged 13 points, six rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 2.2 steals per game. She scored in double figures in 21 of the 31 contests she appeared in, while also registering four double-doubles. The 6-0 guard/forward was also ranked 31st in the nation with a total of 51 blocked shots on the season.
“We wanted to add a perimeter player with size and athleticism and Jocelyn provides that,” said MACC head coach Chad Killinger. “She scored 18 points against us when we played them at Mineral Area last season and after the game I actually told our assistant coaches that it would be nice to have a player like her next year. Southeastern ended up having a coaching change and when we found out that she was available we got involved with her recruitment as quickly as possible.”
Taylor was recruited by several four-year schools during her prep career at Grand Rapids Christian High School in Michigan, including NCAA Division I programs George Mason and Chicago State. Before signing with the Greyhound Women she received interest from many junior colleges and visited Pensacola State College in Florida.
“It’s a little ironic,” continued Killinger. “One of the first things she told us when we contacted her was that after we played them she had thought to herself that we were pretty good and wondered what would have happened if she had went to Moberly. I guess we will all get the opportunity to find that out now. She fits our style of play really well and I’m excited to get the chance to work with her.”
Gregory, a 5-6 point guard, is transferring to MACC after spending her freshman year at New Mexico Junior College, where she was named a Third Team Academic All-American. She was ranked as the #110 point guard prospect in the nation according to ESPN Hoopgurlz for the Class of 2016 and received a scouting grade of 88 out of 100. The Collegiate Girls Basketball Report ranked her as the 13th best point guard in the junior college freshman class heading into last season and she garnered an overall ranking of 54th.
“Sentreal is the quick point guard that we were looking to add to our roster for this upcoming season,” said Killinger. “She is fast with the ball and has the ability to score while keeping her teammates involved. She can pressure the ball defensively, which should help our press, and has range that stretches well beyond the three point arc.”
Before she attended New Mexico JC Gregory was a highly decorated player at Westside High School in Houston, Texas. As a senior she averaged 19.4 points, 5.7 assists, five steals, and 2.7 rebounds per game. Gregory played four years of varsity basketball for the Wolves and was a part of 101 victories over that span. She finished her career with 1,591 total points, 511 assists, and 392 steals, while being named the District MVP as a sophomore, junior, and senior, as well as First Team All-Region those same seasons. Following her freshman campaign she was selected First Team All-District and as a senior she was a McDonald’s All-American nominee.
Gregory, like Taylor, received interest from a number of Division I programs and was offered scholarships by both Illinois State and Grand Canyon before initially enrolling in junior college.
“I think some schools got caught up in her size, but I think she will remind a lot of people of Alexis Newbolt,” said Killinger. “She is built about the same and has a similar work ethic. I’m looking forward to getting her on campus this fall and helping her work towards her goals.”
At this time the Greyhound Women have completed their roster for the 2017-2018 season and Killinger is close to announcing their final signees, as well as a replacement for former assistant coach Joi Walker, who accepted a coaching position with NCAA Division I school Mississippi Valley State University.
“Joi did a nice job for us over the past two seasons,” said Killinger. “She helped us land some in-state talent with our current recruiting class and I was happy to see her get an opportunity to move up to the Division I level. I believe the experience that she got with us will have her well prepared to be successful with MVSU and I know that being at the four-year level will help her pursue some of the professional goals she has set for herself in the future.”