Otero Junior College
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Players Moving On

2013 Graduates Moving On

Terrell Brown Montana State
Kentwan Smith Stetson University
Daniel Hield Southwestern State University
Perryonte Smith Newman University
Chris Strong Dallas Baptist
Jason Armstead Texas – Permian Basin
Andre Rieder Texas – Permian Basin
Yoshio Allen Black Hills State University
Kallen Link Regis University


Former OJC Basketball Player Signs Pro Contract in Japan

Yuki Yamaguchi

Former Otero Junior College point guard, Yuki Yamaguchi, has signed a contract to play professionally in the Japan Basketball League with the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix. The Phoenix enter the 2011-2012 season having won back-to-back league titles, posting a 40-6 record a year ago. The league in Japan consists of 16 teams divided into an eastern and western conference. Rosters are limited to 15 players playing a 52-game schedule beginning on October 15.

Yamaguchi played for the Rattlers from 2007-09 where he led Region IX in assists both season. He currently holds the record at Otero with the highest free throw percentage for a season (89.5%). Yamaguchi averaged 5.4 assist per game and only 1.8 turnovers per game in his career at Otero, which is a 3 to 1 ratio.

After playing at Otero, Yamaguchi went on to play for Pfeiffer University in North Carolina where he competed in the Carolina’s Conference and played non-conference games against North Carolina State and Duke.

Yuki Yamaguchi

Houston Reed, OJC head basketball coach, said that he is very proud of Yamaguchi and the success he has earned since leaving Otero. Reed said that most Rattler fans will remembered Yamaguchi for his full-court defensive pressure, blazing speed, taking of charges and making on the point passes. “Mostly though” said Reed, “he was appreciated and loved for how hard he played and the quality of human he was as a Rattler.”

Reed said that he considers Yamaguchi to be one of those once-in-a-coaching-career type of player.

“I have never seen a player with his work ethic, team attitude, ability and toughness all rolled into one player. He spent more time in the gym polishing his game, increasing his conditioning, and watching film than any player I have been around. Mostly, I loved coaching him for the size of the heart in his chest, and the respect he has for his teammates and the game. He plays the game the way it’s supposed to be played. I am very excited for him and his family. I know this has been his goal for many years,” said Reed.

Yamaguchi said that he was grateful for the opportunity Coach Reed gave him while he was a player at Otero.

“He gave me the chance to play basketball in the United States. I am blessed to have learned under his guidance. I’m excited to be playing with the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix and thank them for giving me a chance to play at the professional level. I want to get better and know that I still have a lot to learn from their coaches and players. This will be my rookie year in the pros and I will do my best,” he said.

Yuki Yamaguchi graduated from Otero Junior College with a 3.6 grade point average and received his bachelor’s degree from Pfeiffer University in International Business.

2011 Graduates Moving On

All sophomores from the 2010-11 men’s basketball team will be moving onto to finish their education and play at a four-year institution next season. “We are proud that our sophomores and a few red-shirt freshmen from last year will have the opportunity to continue their education and compete athletically next year. They have worked to meet the academic requirements to enroll in four-year schools, and will have the opportunity to continue playing basketball. It’s a testament to Otero and the type of people we have at our institution,” head coach Houston Reed commented.

Josh Pleasant from Aurora, CO will move on to Newman University next season on a full athletic scholarship. Newman is located in Wichita, KS and competes in the competitive Heartland Conference. Josh led the Rattlers in rebounding last season.

Justin Clark from Denver, CO will move on to Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS on nearly a full scholarship. He was the starting point guard for the Rattlers as a freshmen, but saw limited action as a sophomore after a severe knee injury. He led the Rattlers in assists in the 2009-10 season.

Antonio Higgins from Dallas, TX will move onto Tabor College in Hillsboro, KS on a full athletic scholarship. Antonio is the first in his family to graduate from college (Otero AA), and will be the first to attend a four year school. Antonio started many games both as a freshmen and sophomore and was top three in rebounding both years.

Jamaal West from Phoenix, AZ will move onto Columbia College in Columbia, MO on a full athletic scholarship. Jamaal received a lot of division one interest but didn’t meet some eligibility requirements for the division one level. He will have a chance to impact at Columbia that has a great winning tradition.

George Berling prepped at Gateway High School in Aurora, CO but is originally from Denmark will move onto Western State College in Gunnison on an academic and athletic scholarship. George was recognized as an academic all-region player at Otero.

Trevor Lyons from Boulder, CO will move onto Ottawa College in Kansas on an academic and athletic scholarship. Trevor was recognized as an academic all-region player at Otero.


2010 Graduates Moving On

Cody Derner Johnson-Wales University
Cody Lara Concordia University
Matt Peeler Evansville University
Joe Prophet Southwest Baptist University
Johnie Sanders Northwestern State University
Martin Schubert Aurora University
Sean Stokes Missouri Valley College
Seth Thompson Southwest College


2009 Graduates Moving On

Dominic Moore University of Arkansas - Pine Bluff
Daniel Pierre Central Methodist College
Daniel Steffensen Fort Lewis College
Joey Stukes Western State College
Geoffrey Todd Johnson & Wales University
Jordan White Park University
Yuki Yamaguchi Pfeiffer University


2008 Graduates Moving On

Cole Smith University of Colorado -
Colorado Springs
Alex Snyder University of Colorado -
Colorado Springs
Mario Caetano Eastern New Mexico University

2007 Graduates Moving On

CJ Littlejohn Bethany College
Tomaul Hawkins University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
Ryan Goodenberger Johnson & Wales
Andrew Baker Johnson & Wales
MJ Crespin Johnson & Wales
Austin Theis Johnson & Wales
Eric Hill University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
Isiah Green Bethany College
Taylor Alvey Chaminade University

2006 Graduates Moving On

 Josh Anfang Western State College 
 Matt Pennetti Western State College 
 Nic Fuller University of Colorado - Colorado Springs 
 Steve Mitchell University of Alaska Anchorage 
 Cameron Burney University of Alaska Anchorage 
 Parfait Nayigihugu  Black Hills State University 
 Brian Sewald Colorado State University Pueblo 
 Donovan Shultz Montana State University 
 Mario Mackey University of Idaho 
 Thomas Sanders Gardner Webb University 

2005 Graduates Moving On


 Curtis Carr Northern State University 
 Travis Carr Eastern New Mexico University 
 Tim Clark  Northwood University
 Tae Jackson  Lincoln University
 Darnell Kirkwood Lynn University 
 Chad Stapleton  Northwood University
Jon Vails  University of Northern Colorado 

2004 Graduates Moving On


Matt Austin Pfeiffer University
bsp;Corey Campbell Chaminade University
Larry Williams  Southern Utah University 
 Andy Preiss University of Sioux Falls 
Levi Kaess University of Regis
Maurice Henson  Fort Hays State University
 Keith Flores University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
 Kevin Leiss Metro State University 
Bleu Ellis Southwestern Assemblies of God University 
Nate Yoder Fresno Pacific University

2003 Graduates Moving On


Nick Ball Colorado State University
Anthony Earl CU – Springs
Devin Gonzales Black Hills State University
Scott Ferguson Black Hills State University
Erik Reiners Western State College
Dusty Heck Adams State College
Ji Brumley Johnson & Wales University

2002 Graduates Moving On


Kale Kovalski Univ. of California - San Luis Obispo
Daniel Rose Liberty University
Scott Stevens University of Alaska - Anchorage
Bob Austin University of Alaska - Anchorage
Von Perkins Northwest Missouri St. University
Justin Vangreafschepe South Dakota Tech.
J.T. Everett Wayland Baptist University
Brandon Jones Tusculum College
Brian Shaw Black Hills State University
Will McConnell Colorado College
Tim Jones Bemidji State University

2001 Graduates Moving On


Keith Lewis Western State College
Javin Baker Western State College
Matt Quinn New Mexico Highlands
Anthony Hutchinson Rocky Mountain College
Justin Becker College of Notre Dame
Demel Tarver Regis University
Jim Pecil Univ. of Colorado - Colorado Springs

2000 Graduates Moving On


Tommie Johnson UC – Colorado Springs
Curt Isenbart Colorado State University
Garwin Patters University of Toledo
Albert Powell Chaminade Hawaii University
Jared Ramirez Univ. of Northern Colorado
Houston Reed Northern State University
Michael Sykes Western State University

1999 Graduates Moving On


Greg Favors Armstrong State College
Taylor Wagner Univ. of Alaska Anchorage
Aric Hanisch  Kansas Wesleyan University
Dexter Webb Tennessee Martin University

1998 Graduates Moving On


Jamal Clements Ferris State University
Jerome Hilliard West Palm Beach Atlantic Univ.
Shannon Martin Virginia Commonwealth Univ.
Cord Wilburn Eastern New Mexico State Univ.

1997 Graduates Moving On


Greg Brown Hampton University
Arias Davis University of Illinois
Ryan Frost Pfieffer College
Todd Haberman CU – Springs
Ramont Hawkins Hampton University
Kenyo Hunter Hampton University
Eric Joshua University of California Irvine
Marcel Thomas Florida State University
Nibra White Jacksonville State University

1996 Graduates Moving On


Kevin Betts San Diego State University
Charles Brady Utah State University
Kenyatta Lewis  Denver University
Quincy Nuckles  Long Beach State University
Ricky Poole  University of Alabama

1995 Graduates Moving On


Chad Antoine Northwestern Oklahoma State
Marcus Covington Southern Utah University
Jon Gaines Southern Utah University
Chris Ganz American University
Steve Griffin University of Toledo
Gary Nottingham Texas A & M
Lamar Richardson  Arizona State University
Marvin Thomas University of Idaho
Eric Thurston  Oakland University
Avron Wiggins Cameron University

1994 Graduates Moving On


Tyrone Brown Xavier University
Ivan Chappell Virginia Commonwealth Univ.
Theron Curry Tennessee Tech University
Shawn Dirden University of Idaho
Dariel Lamar  Northwestern Oklahoma State
Tyrone Lenox  Oklahoma Panhandle State
Jason Pittman Oral Roberts University
Chauncey Trawick Brewton Parker University
Dalian Wilson Colorado Christian University

1993 Graduates Moving On


Anthony Cooper Kentucky State University
Dennis Shepherd Colorado Christian University
Fred Walker Northwestern Oklahoma State

1992 Graduates Moving On


Ramon Brown Western Carolina University
James Johnson Univ. of Southern Colorado
Mike Smith Oklahoma Panhandle State


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