Verge, Miller-Moore and Small named All Region/All Conference
The accolades and honors continue to come the way of MACC Greyhound point guard Alonzo Verge as he was named NJCAA First Team All American. Verge was a second team All American as a freshman and was also named to the NJCAA All Tournament Team in Hutchinson, Kansas. He put together one of the greatest seasons in Greyhound history with a 30.9 point per game scoring average(35 points per game in region play) while setting the single season scoring record with 1082 points. Verge also averaged 8.2 assists per game while shooting 49% from the field, 42% from 3 point range(89 made treys), 76% from the free throw line(over 7 made FT’s per game) and also contributed 4.2 rebounds per game. He will leave his Greyhound legacy as the all time leading scorer(1603 points) and career assists leader with 486, along with 11 other career records he will hold.
“Just so proud of Zo and the tremendous career he enjoyed as a Greyhound,” said MACC Coach Pat Smith, “It’s interesting that two years ago we sit in his living room during the recruitment process and discussed about what could happen if he attends MACC. However, as good as we knew he was, to finalize a two year career the way he did and to lead a team to the accomplishments we realized is just a special season and career. Special recognition to Malcolm Thomas and what a great player he was to hold the records he maintained for so long. Zo’s work ethic and love of the game propelled him to the heights and accomplishments he fulfilled. However, I still think the best is yet to come for him and can’t wait to follow his progress.”
Other Greyhounds were also recognized for their accomplishments as Verge, Sean Miller-Moore and Tahj Small were named to the first Team All Region 16 and MCCAC Conference Teams. Verge was named Most Valuable Player in both the region and conference while Miller-Moore was tied for the #2 spot in both squads. Miller-Moore had an outstanding two year career and this past season averaged 18.5 points per game while leading the team with 7.9 rebounds per game. The high flying Miller-Moore also had over 100 dunks during his sophomore season. Small capped off a tremendous freshman season averaging 14.3 points per game while hitting 94 three pointers(41%) and averaging 6.3 rebounds per game. Will Rucker was named 2nd Team All Region with his all around play for MACC.
“It’s very special when a group of young men get honored for their accomplishments in helping lead your team to such a special season,” said Smith, “Sean was just outstanding for us during the two years and he just improved so much in all areas of his game. I’m not sure in my 35 plus years of coaching I’ve ever coached a more exciting player with his athleticism. Tahj was a rare combination of being a lights out shooter who was also a very good rebounder and all around player. Will Rucker’s contributions as a defender, screener and just a solidifying force for our team were major components to our success and he was our unsung hero. We were just always a better team when he was on the floor. We will miss our sophomores but great things await them.”
Moberly ended the season with a 28-7 record, 22 wins in their last 24 games, Region 16 Tournament Champions, NJCAA District IV Champs, NJCAA Sweet 16 after defeating NEO at Hutch, Region 16 regular season winners(8-0), Highland Tournament Champions for fourth year in row and MCCAC Champs(10-0). The sophomores ended their two year career with a 54-12 cumulative record and 8 championships.