Six Greyhounds moving on to 4 year programs
Coach Jason Owens joins staff at Pittsburg State
The Moberly Area Comm. College Men’s Basketball Program has announced that 6 sophomore players from the 2016-17 squad will be moving on to NCAA Programs for next season. Three of the players will be joining former Missouri Coach Kim Anderson at NCAA Division II Pittsburg State as signing are 6’5” wing Mar’Qywell Jackson(Detroit, Michigan); 6’9” post Dietrich Cole(Detroit, Michigan) and 6’0” point guard Jabari Antwine. Jackson averaged 11.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while being named 1st Team All MCCAC Conference. Cole worked his way into the starting line up late in the season and averaged 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds while being a tremendous defensive presence with his shot blocking. Antwine was a key player all season for the Hounds and was named 2nd team All Region and All Conference while averaging 9 ppg, 4 assists and 3 rebounds per game while starting 31 games. Former MACC Greyhound Chris Clark has also signed with Pittsburg State and will be immediately eligible.
Along with the players, Coach Jason Owens will be joining the staff at Pittsburg State. Coach Owens was a three year assistant coach for the Greyhounds during which time they were 72-26, won the 2015-16 Regional and District Titles, 2017 regional regular season and conference titles, as well as two Region 16 runner up finishes. Coach Owens will be joining Coach Kim Anderson and former Greyhound Asst. Coach Jon Gilliam with Pittsburg State.
“I cannot express enough appreciation for the job that Coach Owens did for us the last three seasons”, said Coach Patrick Smith, “His ability to recruit and be there for our players was a key to the success we’ve been able to enjoy. He has a tremendous work ethic, is a high quality person and I have no doubt he will be a tremendous asset for Pittsburg State.”
Two post players who were key players for Moberly have signed NCAA Division I LOI’s with Southland Conference member McNeese State. Continuing as teammates for McNeese State next season will be 6’8” forward Quattarius Wilson and 6’7” post Demarco Owens. Wilson, despite battling injuries all season, started 7 games and averaged 3 ppg and 3 rebounds for the season and finished the season playing very strong. Owens, along with Wilson a two year member of the Greyhounds, ended the season averaging 8 ppg and 6 rebounds while shooting 51% from the field with a high of 23 points vs. John Woods.
Previously signing with NCAA Division I UT Martin was sophomore guard Delfincko Bogan who averaged 12 points , 3 rebounds and 3 assists for Moberly.
“I’m not only proud of what this team did in terms of winning 27 games and two championships,” commented Smith, “I’m really pleased our players can move on because of what they have done on the court and with the fact they are graduating. We had three goals once the season ended and that was to help our sophomores graduate and move on, get our returnees ready for next season and recruit to replace some really good players and ready to chase greatness next season. Again, very pleased for our sophomores and can’t wait to follow their progress.”