The Moberly Area Community College Men’s Basketball Team has announced the signing of four NCAA Division I transfers to their roster for the 2021-22 season.
Joining the Greyhounds are Myles Mendes, 6’6” 225 lb. Frosh. Forward from Minneapolis, Minnesota( Troy University); Jimmy Bell, 6’10” 270 lb. Sophomore Post from Saginaw, Michigan(St. Louis University); Bol Akot, 6’2” Frosh. Guard from Manchester, New Hampshire (Quinnipiac University); and Jo Jo Toppin 6’6” Soph. Wing from Brooklyn, New York (Ga. State University, University of Georgia).
Mendes played his high school ball at Farmington HS in Minneapolis where he scored over 600 points along with gathering 500 plus rebounds. He was a 2019 South Suburban All Conference selection and played a prep season post-grad at Taylor Made Academy. While at Troy University last season, he appeared in 15 games averaging 6.7 minutes per game while also compiling points per game and 1.9 rebounds per contest.
Jimmy Bell played his high school ball at Bella Vista Prep School in Scottsdale, Arizona. During his senior season he averaged a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds while helping Bella Vista to a 37-5 record and a Grind Session National Championship. During his freshman season as a Billiken at St. Louis University, he started every game except for Senior night while shooting 49 percent from the field and scored a career high of 12 points vs. Rhode Island University. During his sophomore redshirt season Bell appeared in 19 games with 5 starts while averaging 1.9 points and 1.8 rebounds per game for the nationally ranked St. Louis squad.
Bol Akot played his high school basketball at Proctor Academy in 20129-20 while scoring 1223 career points as a four-year starter. During his senior season as a team captain he compiled averages of 19.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists per and was selected First Team All-State. Bol also won the MVP Award at the prestigious Deng Camp during the summer of 2019. During the past season as a first-year player at Quinnipiac he played in 13 games while playing 11.2 minutes per game while averaging 1.5 points and 1.2 assists per game.
Jo Jo Toppin played his high school basketball at national power Norcross High School (Georgia) while as a senior he averaged 10.8 points per game along with 5 rebounds in helping Norcross to a 28-4 record and a runner-up finish in The Class 7 A State Championship. Toppin helped lead Norcross to 54-10 record his last two seasons of high school and finished the season ranked as the #14 prospect in the State of Georgia and #326 nationally by 247 Sports.com. He signed an NCAA Letter of Intent with the University of Georgia out of high school where he played his freshman season appearing in 18 games and averaging 1.4 points per game along with 0.7 rebounds. He scored his season high of 6 points in 10 minutes vs. the University of Missouri. Toppin transferred to Georgia State University where he redshirted in 2019-20 and played in 11 games while averaging 4.9 points per game, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists with a season high of 16 points and 5 rebounds vs. Charlotte.
“We are extremely pleased to have these four student-athletes join our Greyhound Family,” said the Greyhounds Head Coach, Patrick Smith, “They all bring outstanding high school careers followed with the experience of playing NCAA Division I Basketball. Mendes is a tremendous athlete who also possesses very good ball skills and will give us a true outside-inside player. Bell has a chance to be one of the best big man in Jr. College Basketball and provide a tremendous low post scoring threat along with just being a very good all-around player. Bol Akot is a very versatile guard who can both run a team and provide a scoring presence, good defender, and decision maker. Toppin is just an outstanding athlete who is also very skilled, makes a lot of plays with the ball in his hands, tenacious rebounder and really runs the floor to score. Combining these four quality players with 4 very good returnees and a good recruiting class up to this point, I really like the make-up of our team at this time. However, we still have one scholarship remaining and looking forward to adding another piece to the puzzle to upgrade our squad as we get ready to once again contend for championships.”