Meet your 2018-2019 OJC Rattlers
Men's Basketball Season Outlook
With the team coming off of a historic 29-5 year, we look to continue to move in the right direction this upcoming season.
OJC Men’s Basketball Looking Forward to the Season
Otero Junior College’s men’s basketball team completed a historic 29-5 season last year. Head Men’s Basketball Coach Cole Dewey explained that he is excited to have four of last year’s players off of the championship team returning. “These players have been to the National Tournament and understand what it takes to get there.”
“My assistant coach, Zach Towle, and myself were hard at work late in the summer finding some of the best talent still available around the country.” Dewey said. “All the players on the team are working hard and getting better every day, and we are all excited to start the season.”
Reggie Gibson, Denver; Miguel Lopez, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; Yaniel Vidal, Holly; and Marquise Johnson, Aurora; are sophomores returning from last season. Dewey discussed each player: Gibson is a pass-first point guard. He has an incredible feel for the game. Lopez is an athletic forward and he showed what he can do on both sides of the floor last season. Vidal is a six-foot scoring guard who was red-shirted last season. He has worked on the development of his jump shot and overall game. Johnson is the fourth returner and will be red-shirted this year.
Incoming freshman this year include: KJ Harris, McKinney Texas; Jamal Harris, Anderson Ind.; Jacob Jackson, Sacramento Calif.; Wesley Harris Chicago; and red-shirt freshman Darius Chester Watertown Conn. Dewy discussed each player: KJ Harris is a savvy point guard who has won at every level he has played at, from high school, to Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), and preparatory school. Jamal Harris is an elite athlete. Although he will wow the crowd with his dunking, Jamal Harris is a combo guard who makes the right plays and knows when to pass, when to be aggressive, and when to score. Jackson will be a highly recruited player after his career at OJC. He is a six-foot-six-inch guard who has a great feel and understanding for the game and can score at all three levels. Wesley Harris is a six-foot-six-inch high-flying athlete who can play many positions. He has a knack for finding the basketball off of the rim and plays with a very high motor. Chester is a red-shirt who will have three-years left to play. He is a six-foot-six-inch scoring guard who can shoot the ball from anywhere on the court. Chester is another versatile player who will be able to play many different positions this year and will be a mismatch for opponents with his length and quickness.
The remaining four student-athletes are all transfers, who are coming to OJC from other institutions. Sam Mack, Chicago; Maurice Edwards, Alton Colo.; AJ Youngman, Peoria Ill.; and Tramarcus Levi, Bogalusa La. Dewey discussed each player: Mack played two years ago at Lincoln Trail College and averaged 13 points per game (ppg) and 4 rebounds as a freshman. Last year he was red-shirted at Tallahassee Community College. Mack can score many different ways, and will bring energy and effort to the floor. Edwards averaged 10 ppg, three rebounds, and three assists last year at Mineral Area Community College. He should be able to build off of the experience he had last year. Edwards is another elite athlete who has can get to the rim and finish with the best of them. Youngman played Division I last year at Eastern Kentucky where he shot 40 percent from three-point line. He has the ability to change the course of a game with his ability to shoot the ball at such a high clip. Levi is coming from Tohono O’odham Community College. He averaged 14 ppg and seven rebounds. Levi is a force inside who knows how to use his body and work angles. He will also be able to stretch the floor with his ability to hit open shots.
“We have a lot of work to do between now and the start of the season.” Dewey said. “We are all excited for the season and will open up the year with two road games in Sheridan, Wyo. We will face Sheridan and Laramie County on Nov. 2 and 3. Our first home game is Nov. 6 against Northwest Kansas Tech. and we hope to see everyone out that night at 7:00 p.m. to pack the McDivitt Center Gym.”
~ Coach Dewey
2012 Region IX Champions!