The MSJC men's basketball team will start the 2012-13 season on Thursday November 8th when they take on Grossmont College in the first round of the College of the Desert Frank Garcia Classic.
The Eagles come into the season ranked #4 in the state and #2 in Southern California according to the CCCMBCA pre-season poll. MSJC won over 20 games for the 5th straight season last year and captured a share of the Foothill Conference title. Montreal Harris will lead five returning players onto the floor Thursday in Palm Desert. Harris was named First Team All State last season as a freshman after averaging 14.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. D'Anthony Peterson also returns after averaging over 20 minutes a game for the Eagles in the 2011-12 season. Three others also return for MSJC in 6'7 post Marc Ringnell, 6'0 point guard Malcolm McFarland, and 6'1 shooting guard Sam Natt.
The new crop of Eagles includes three transfers in Hassante Manning (San Bernardino Valley), Mylin Jordan (KCK), and Donovan Clark (Saddleback). These three will be looked on to add experience along with the five returning players. Jordan averaged double figures in the Jayhawk Conference last season as a freshman.
The Eagles batch of freshmen will be led by Louisiana native Dwayne Benjamin a 6'7 wing. Benjamin will be joined in the freshmen class by fellow Louisianan Dajuan Smith and a trio of local high school standouts in Mark Ware (West Valley), D.J. Brown (Tahquitz), and Christian Nimmons (Vista Murrieta).
The Eagles will compete in four tournaments to kick off the season including this weekend. MSJC will take part in the San Diego City Tournament November 16-18th, the Palomar Thanksgiving Tournament November 23-25, and the Riverside Holiday Tournament December 5th through the 8th. MSJC will play their first home game of the season on Saturday December 29th against Moorpark and wrap up the non conference portion of their season with a home game on Thursday January 3rd when they take on Southwestern at 7pm.
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D'Anthony Peterson and the MSJC men's basketball team will kick off the 2012-13 season tomorrow (Nov. 8th) when they take on Grossmont in the first round of the Frank Garcia Classic in Palm Desert. The Eagles enter the season ranked #4 in the state.