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JUCO Players Producing At The D1 Level – Class of 16 and 17

By, 11/19/19, 12:15PM EST


There are over 600 Junior College players playing right now at the NCAA Division 1 level. Junior College players are attractive to coaches because of their maturity and experience. JUCO players are known for how hard they play and coaches often prefer that over a HS or Prep player. There is always a learning curve at the D1 level but coaches are hoping for instant production from a JUCO player. After going thru all the NCAA D1 rosters, here are several JUCO players excelling. 

Class of 2016

Antwain Johnson, 6’4 G at Buffalo is averaging 13.7 ppg and 3 rpg. Johnson played at Chipola (Region 8) as a freshman Qualifier and then played at MTSU for 2 years before transferring to Buffalo

Emmitt Holt, 6’7 F at Providence is averaging 8.8 ppg and 4.8 rpg. Holt played at Indian Hills (Region 11)

Class of 2017

Shakur Juiston (Pictured Above), 6’8 F at Oregon is averaging 10.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 3.3 apg. Juiston won a national championship at Hutchinson (Region 6)

Jeromy Rodriguez, 6’7 F at ETSU is averaging 8.7 ppg and 7.7 rpg. Rodriguez played at Northwest Florida State (Region 8)

Makol Mawien, 6’9 F at Kansas State is averaging 9.3 ppg and 7.3 rpg. Mawien played at New Mexico JC (Region 5)

KJ Riley, 6’5 G at Evansville is averaging 12.7 ppg and 4.7 rpg. Riley played at Howard (Region 5) as a freshman Qualifier

Daryl Edwards, 6'4 G at UTEP is averaging 11.8 ppg and 2.5 apg. Edwards played at Northwest Florida (Region 8)

Chris McNeal, 6’1 G at Cincinnati is averaging 8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3 apg and 2.7 spg. McNeal played at Indian Hills (Region 11)

Ahmad Clark, 6’1 PG at Albany is averaging 12.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 4.7 apg as a senior. Clark played at St Petersburg CC (Region 8) as a freshman Qualifier

Troy Simons, 6’3 G at Kent State is averaging 16.3 ppg and 5 rpg while shooing 48% from 3. Simons played at Polk State (Region 8)

Cletrell Pope, 6’9 F at Bethune Cookman is averaging 12 ppg and 12.5 rpg. Pope played at Chipola (Region 8) and Southeastern IL (Region 24)

Isaiah Bailey, 6’6 Wing at Bethune Cookman is averaging 14.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 3 apg. Bailey played at Angelina (Region 14)

Kamar McKnight, 6’4 G at Coppin State is averaging 15.4 ppg and 3.6 rpg. McKnight played at GA Highlands (Region 17)

Ivan Gandia-Rosa, 6’1 PG is averaging 13.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 6 apg. Gandia-Rosa played at College of Central FL (Region 8) as a freshman Qualifier

Alihan Demir, 6’9 F at Minnesota is averaging 6.3 ppg and 3.3 rpg. Demir played his freshman season at Central Wyoming (Region 9) and then played 2 seasons at Drexel

Devante Jackson, 6’9 F at Grambling State is averaging 17.3 ppg and 6.7 rpg. Jackson played at Trinity Valley (Region 14)

Zach Hunsaker, 6’2 G at Brown is averaging 11 ppg and 3.3 apg. Hunsaker played at Snow College (Region 18) as a freshman Qualifier

D’Angelo Hunter, 6’5 G at Nicholls State is averaging 12 ppg and 2.3 rpg. Hunter played at Navarro College (Region 14)

Eden Ewing, 6’8 F at Texas Southern is averaging 12 ppg and 7 rpg. Ewing played at Tyler JC (Region 14) and then played at Purdue before transferring to Texas Southern

Devon Andrews, 6’7 F at FIU is averaging 17.3 ppg and 3.7 rpg. Andrews played at Pratt CC (Region 6) after transferring from Kent State

Jahlil Tripp, 6’5 F at Pacific is averaging 9.5 ppg and 6.8 rpg. Tripp played at South Plains (Region 5)

Isaiah White, 6’4 G at Portland is averaging 13.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg. White played at Harford CC (Region 20)

Jordan Jackson, 6’3 G at UT Rio Grande Valley is averaging 15.2 ppg and 2.2 rpg. Jackson played at Midland College (Region 5)

Tyrell Gumbs-Frater, 6’3 G at Coastal Carolina is averaging 17.3 ppg and 3.3 rpg. Gumbs-Frater played at Odessa (Region 5

Karl Harris, 6’5 Wing at Northern Kentucky is averaging 12.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg. Harris played at Indian Hills (Region 11) after transferring from LaSalle


Other 2017’s playing well

Eric McGill, Southern Illinois - Panola (Region 14)

Jahmari Etienne, SC State – East GA State (Region 17)

Bryson Lockley, Kennesaw State – Panola (Region 14)

Anthony Smith, Murray State – Barton (Region 6)

TJ Parham, Alabama A&M – Wabash Valley (Region 24)


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