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Maryland JUCO Men’s Basketball Coaches Association Releases 2018-19 Pre-Season Poll

Maryland JUCO Men’s Basketball Coaches Association Releases 2018-19 Pre-Season Poll

Baltimore – The Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference (Maryland JUCO) has released its 2018-19 Men's Basketball Coaches Association Pre-Season Poll. Defending conference champion Harford Community College leads the way, narrowly edging out Baltimore City Community College, as the two teams split the 14 first-place votes.

"The coaches in this league have all worked hard to recruit many high caliber student-athletes in Maryland and the surrounding states," said Maryland JUCO Men's Basketball Coaches Association President and Harford head men's basketball coach Mike Smelkinson. "That combined with the fact that there are many talented returners, indicate that it will be a year filled with entertaining games, and a tight race for the conference title."

Frederick Community College (third), Allegany College of Maryland (fourth) and Montgomery College (fifth) round out the top five.

Cecil College (sixth), College of Southern Maryland (seventh) and Garrett College (eighth) are next, followed by Prince George's Community College (ninth) and Howard Community College (tenth) to finish up the top ten.

Last season's Maryland JUCO Men's Basketball Tournament championship, hosted by Prince George's, saw Harford defeat Cecil 71-62 to capture the conference title.

The Maryland JUCO Men's Basketball Coaches Association also announced its "Players to Watch" for the 2018-19 season, which can be found below.

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Players to Watch
School Name Cl Description/Notes
Harford Isaiah Boggs So 6'2" returning starting off-guard…averaged 11.6 ppg, 4.3 reb, 3.1 asts in 2017-18
Harford Khalil Williams-Diggins So 6'0" returning starting point guard…averaged 11.7 ppg, 4.3 reb, 2.5 asts in 2017-18
Dundalk Richard Hibbert  So 2nd Team All Region XX as freshman…athletic guard who has a knack for making
big plays
Dundalk Dana Strothers  So Strong 2-guard…averaged 17 ppg, 6 reb as freshman at Manor College…loves to
get in the lane and draw contact
Baltimore City Kobby Ayetey So

6'7" 3-4…shoots the '3', big motor, and boards…many DI schools in the gym...HM
All Maryland Juco Conference and All Region XX last season.

Baltimore City Victor Okafor So 6'8" 3-4…extremely athletic; can shoot, run, and rebound…hit the weight room
big time…transformed body and game…many DI schools in the gym.
Montgomery Freddie Harris  So Ranked 8th in NJCAA in rebounds (423 rebounds) as freshman; 10.6 ppg,
12.4 reb…very efficient 57% FG. 
Montgomery Marcus Driscoll Fr 6'6" 1st Team All State of Virginia...Region 6A Player of the Year, 17ppg,
9.5 reb; versatile/athletic wing
Howard Jordan Reid So 15th in MDJUCO scoring 14.4 ppg... 3.0+ GPA 
Howard Deven Richmond Fr 6'4 Forward from DeMatha HS...a 3.5 GPA
Southern MD Jerome Savoy So 2018 Region XX Tournament MVP…averaged just under 10 PPG and
shot 42% from 3
Southern MD Jason Newman Fr 3rd Team All Met…led Potomac HS to 21-3 record; averaged over 20 PPG
Cecil Cornell Corbin So All around guard who does everything, tough competitor
Cecil Shylier Ringgold So Small forward who does all the little things, natural leader
Prince Georges Dexter Turner So True PG...7-1 assist to turnover ratio...knockdown 3 point shooter
Prince Georges Deon Savage So Hyrbid 4 plays both ends of the floor...hard relentless rebounder 
Catonsville Jordan Tucker So 6'4  215-lb wing...strong can knock down the 3...drives the ball strong
to the rim
Catonsville Everette Coker So 6'4 210-lb off Guard...shot the 3pt at 47.3, fg 51.3 and reb 6.7...he also
received player of the year votes in 16-17
Allegany Demarcus Demonia So Named 3rd Team All American, 1st Team All Region XX & 1st Team All
MDJUCO as a freshman...averaged 18.2ppg, 8.1rpg, 3.2apg, 1.1spg,
and 1.4bpg
Allegany Antoine Lewis So Strong, quick guard that can create for himself and others…has a great
motor and court vision…will play hard at both ends of the floor. 
Frederick Henry Okoye Fr 6'7" Forward...Very athletic and strong around the basket…can score with
back to the basket, and can stop out on perimeter…very active on the
glass and will be able to defend his position.
Frederick Dwayne Garner So 6'5" Forward…smooth lefty who can do a lot…started every game in
17-18…excellent passer…scores inside/out…skilled ball handler and shooter
who can defend very well. 
Garrett Zykeem Davis So Great athlete that can shoot from three point range…also a very
aggessive rebounder.  
Garrett Elisha Kidd So RS last season, guard that gets it done in all areas…really attacks
the basket and one of our top defenders…a 3.4 overall gpa.  
Chesapeake Julius Cobb Fr 6'6" Athletic Pwr. Forward…very active around the basket.
Chesapeake Jordan Bolder Fr 6'5" Sm. Forward…versatile and solid defender

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The Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference (Maryland JUCO) exists to govern and conduct championships for the conference's 16 varsity sports. Chartered in the late 1960s, the conference is composed of 16 Maryland community colleges that compete in a variety of varsity intercollegiate athletics. Maryland JUCO oversees and promotes programs dedicated to academic and athletic goals of its diverse institutions, while enhancing opportunities for balanced intercollegiate athletic programming. The conference provides organizational structure for its membership while strengthening commitments to their students and communities. In accordance with the philosophy of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), the conference operates under the highest standards of integrity, equity and sportsmanship.

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