Four incoming freshmen bolster Hounds
Moberly Area Comm. College Men’s Basketball Coach Patrick Smith has announced the signing of four players to NJCAA Letter of Intents for the 2018-19 school year. Joining MACC are JaTrious Smith(Fayetteveille, NC); Raheim Sullivan(Toronto, Canada); Mike Hood(Kansas City, MO.); and Thabo Manyere (New Zealand). All four incoming players will be freshman during the upcoming season.
Smith is a 6’6”, 210 lb. forward who was the #1 ranked player in the Prep Hoops NC 2017 class. He played this past season at DME Academy in Daytona Beach, Florida where he averaged 23 points and 8 rebounds against prep and Jr. College competition. As a sophomore at EE Smith High School averaged 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists per game earning him the #11 best player in the ESPN Class of 2017 national rankings. This past season, Rivals had him ranked as the 17th best shooting guard in the country.
Mike Hood is a 6’3”, 190 lb. wing from Kansas City, Missouri. He played this past season at Link Year Prep in Branson, Missouri where he averaged 13.8 points per game along with 3.4 assists per contest. He was the team’s leading three point shooter as he had 10 games with 4 or more made treys and tied a Link Year record with 8 made threes in one game. As a high school senior at Shawnee Mission West High School in Kansas City, Hood averaged over 20 points per game, 4 rebounds and hit 48 three pointers shooting 43% from behind the arc. He was named 1st Team All Conference and 2nd Team All State.
Sullivan is a 6’1”, 180 lb. point guard who played at Central Tech High School in Toronto, Canada. This past season he averaged 20 ppg along with 7 assists and 4 rebounds per contest. During the summer of 2017 he was named Most Valuable Player at the Phoenix AAU Classic and the Jane and Finch Tournament. He was the ranked as the #2 point guard in Canada this past season and #34 overall under age 20 player in the country by North Pole Hoops.
Manyere is a 6’7” forward/post from New Zealand who brings great athleticism to the Greyhound program. He averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 assists and 3 steals per game this past season playing for Westlake Boys High School. He was a member of the U17 New Zealand National Team and lead the U18 team to a 4th place finish at 2017 World Championships.
“We’re very pleased to add these players to our program for the next year,” said Coach Pat Smith, “JJ Smith is just an exceptional athlete who truly can just score the ball, comes to MACC with a great basketball resume and accomplishments. Mike Hood is a lights out shooter with deep range and I really like prep school players as they’ve basically played a year of college level basketball. Sullivan is just so quick and explosive with the ball, can get to the lane anytime he wants, can play either guard spot and was recruited by a lot of the top JUCO’s. Manyere is just another tremendous athlete as evidenced by all the dunks and blocked shots on his highlight video, just plays with a tremendous motor. Three things I’m always concerned with on our recruiting is having a high level of athlete, shooters and players who can make plays with the ball in their hands. I sincerely feel these four young men help us address all of these areas as we prepare for the upcoming season.”