The MSJC men's basketball team, who is coming off a season in which they reached the State Final Eight, will give Eagle fans their first shot to see the new team on Friday night during their ninth annual intra-squad game. Despite returning just two players from last year's squad the Eagles start the season ranked #4 in Southern California and #8 in the state.
"It's only a pre-season poll and is based more on past performance, than this year's team," said head coach Patrick Springer. "Obviously with all of the new players we have we won't know where we stand until we play some games, but I do like this year's team and we are looking forward to getting started."
The Eagles will play the intra-squad game November 4th at 7:30 pm immediately following the women's volleyball game against Rio Hondo. $5 is the cost for admission and the price also includes all you can eat pizza from Stadium Pizza.
MSJC will get down to official business next week when they play two games. November 8th the Eagles will travel to San Diego City College to take on Palomar in a first round game of the SD City Knights Classic. On Thursday the 10th MSJC will be in Chula Vista to take on Southwestern College. The Eagles first home game will be on December 30th when they host Pasadena City College. Complete schedule at following link.
The Eagles two returning players from last year's team that finished the season 22-9, are point guard Alex Wilson and shooting guard Taylor Bell, they will be joined by 6'8" center Greg Dixon who was a member of the MSJC team during the 2009-10 season. All three will be expected to play bigger roles this year. Three sophomore transfers will add experience for MSJC. Anthony Dees, a 6'3" shooting guard form Los Angeles, played his freshman season at Division I Campbell University. 6'3" forward Jamar Cannon of Moreno Valley and 6'5" forward Josh Gouch from Columbus, OH also have a season of college basketball under their belts having played at College of the Desert and Columbus State respectively.
This group will be joined by a talented group of freshmen players. A pair of 6'7" local products will boost the Eagles front line; Marc Rignell (Perris HS) and Glenn Wilkinson (San Jacinto HS). Other freshmen that will be expected to contribute from the start include Banning stand out Montreal Harris, a 6'3" power forward and 6'0" point guard D'Anthony Peterson from Ontario. The guard court will also be strengthened by combo guard Sam Natt (6'0" Los Angeles) and 6'5" shooting guard Danny Hopkins of Riverside.