Join Returnees and previous signees
The Moberly Area Community College Men’s Basketball Program have added four new signees for this upcoming season. They will join two returnees plus previous signees Braeden Wetrich and Dezmond Jones to NJCAA Letter of Intents.
Returning at this time to the Greyhounds will be 6 ‘3” Markelo Sullivan and 6’6” wing JaTrious Smith. Sullivan was instrumental this past season to MACC’s success as he aveaged 9 ppg and 3.6 rebounds while connecting on 73 three pointers. He saved his best for late in the season and was pivotal as he aveaged 11 points per game during the last 8 games of the season. Sullivan played his high school basketball at Louisville(Ky.) Fairdale High School where he aveaged 25 points per game during his senior season and was named the MVP of the Ky.-Indiana All Star Game.
Smith had to sit out last season due to knee surgery, thus delaying the start of his much anticipated Greyhound career. He was the #1 pre-season ranked player in the North Carolina HS Class of 2017 and #11 ranked player in the ESPN Rankings. During the 2018 season Smith averaged 23 points and 8 rebounds a game and was ranked as the 17 th best Prep Player in the country. Smith is anticipated to make a full recovery and be fully ready for the start of fall practice.
“It’s great to have Markelo back for his upcoming sophomore season,” said Coach Patrick Smith, “His improvement last season and play late in the season were so important to our post-season run and the championships we won. He’s had a great spring during our workouts and already getting lots of Division I Interest. JJ Smith had to sit out this past season but he truly has an opportunity to be one of the better players in all of the NJCAA. His ability to rehab this past season and battle back from his injury will only help him in the future.”
The newcomers joining the MACC Program for 2019-20 season will be 6’6”, 210 lb. forward Jalen Lee; 6 ‘10” post Akok Yur from St. Louis Vashon High School; 6’3” guard Juwon Carpenter from Nashville Tennessee and 6’5” forward David Ware from Milford, Va. and Fork Union Prep School.
Lee enrolled at MACC for the Spring Semester, 2019 and transferred from Navarro College in Texas. Lee was a 1000 point high school scorer and averaged 15 ppg and 7 rebounds per game his senior season at Southwest Dekalb High School. He was named All Region and All County as well and also attended Tennessee Prep in Memphis, Tennessee for one year. Carpenter is a point guard who played for Statford High School where he averaged 28 points and 8 assists his senior season. He was named first team All State in Tennessee, All Metro and a finalist for Mr. Basketball in Tennessee. Yor played one season at Vashon and averaged 8 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocked shots for Vashon High School as they captured the Missouri 3A State Championship. Ware graduated high school in 2018 and averaged 25 points and 14 rebounds per game for Milford High School while being named the Free Lance Star Player of the Year for the greater Richmond, Virginia area. This past season at prestigious Fork Union Prep in Va., he averaged 12 points and 7 rebounds per game.
“We obviously lose some really good players from last season,” said Coach Pat Smith, “however, feel we have the start of a real good replacement group and signed some quality, versatile players. Lee’s had the opportunity to work out with us this spring and has very good perimeter skills along with a post up game, just a very versatile scorer. Carpenter has great speed, quickness and athleticism and will fit perfectly into our up-tempo, attacking style of play. Yor will only continue to get better and love his ability to run the floor, block shots and rebound the ball outside of his zone. Ware is a very versatile player who is a tremendous athlete who’s also a high quality perimeter shooter. All of these players had tremendous high school careers and now they must continue to elevate their games to succeed at this level. With that said, I don’t believe in rebuilding but reloading and not missing a beat. We expect to be even more improved next season from our last four seasons of 25 plus wins and numerous championships won. Will really miss the players we lose but so excited about our incoming Greyhounds.”
The new additions will join previous signees Braeden Wetrich(Moberly HS) and Dezmond Jones (Hannibal HS) on the 2019-20 roster. Smith stated that he anticipates signing 5-6 more players in the current recruiting class.
MACC finished 28-7 last season while winning the Region 16 Tournament Championship, District IV Champions, Region 16 Regular Season Champs, MCCAC Conference Title and won the 8 team Highland CC Invitational for the fourth straight season. Moberly defeated NEO in the opening game at Hutch before losing a tough contest to National Champ Vincennes in the NJCAA Sweet 16.