The MSJC men's basketball team will begin their quest for a third straight Pacific Coast Athletic Conference North Division title on Friday when they open the season at the San Diego City
The Eagles have just two returning players from last year's squad, but do have some transfers with college playing experience. MSJC also has veteran coach Patrick Springer back on the sidelines after taking a season off to concentrate on his duties as Dean of Physical Education and Athletics. Last season the Eagles under Interim Head Coach Trent Skinner went 23-8 and advanced to the Southern California Regional Semi-Finals as well as winning the PCAC North title. The 2013-14 Eagles also captured the conference title and had a record of 25-5 on their way to a state Final Eight appearance.
Roosevelt Adams and Devin Shallowhorn are the lone returners for MSJC this year. Adams averaged 5 points and 5 rebounds a season ago while Shallowhorn played in 30 of the Eagles 31 games. They are joined by sophomore transfers Rohjon Brett, Kendall Brown, and Tyler Cooper. Brett played his freshman season at Citrus College, Brown at Riverside, and Cooper at Adams State University. All three will add experience for the Eagles, Brett and Cooper in the front court and Brown on the wing.
This year's version of the Eagles will rely on a pair Moreno Valley freshmen guards in Devin Fleming and Tre Nottingham. Fleming a Valley View grad averaged 19 points per game last year as a senior and was a second team All CIF Division 1A selection. Nottingham a former Rancho Verde stand out, sat out last year after being named All CIF in 2014. They will be joined in the back court by former Hemet High stand out Garrick Sherrod who enters his freshman season for the Eagles after leading Riverside County in scoring as a senior. Carl Brown a wing scorer from Louisville, KY will also see ample playing time in the guard court. Matt Bradshaw a former all league player at Heritage High rounds out the Eagles compliment of guards.
Newcomers in the front court include much heralded Hemet Tahquitz grad Nick Pete, who last year earned First Team All CIF and Press Enterprise First Team All Area honors while leading the Titans to their second straight conference title. West Valley's Robert Brooks and Hemet's Jared Walsh will be looked upon to add depth up front. Two time all South Bay League power forward Orlando Quinones, from San Ysidro High in San Diego, will also see action for MSJC.
The Eagles will open the San Diego City Tournament by playing Reedley College on Friday at 3 pm, the tourney runs through Sunday. MSJC will then travel to Bakersfield on Thanksgiving weekend, before hosting the 2nd Annual Kiwanis Hoops and Crops Tournament December 3-5th.
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Returner Roosevelt Adams will lead the MSJC men's basketball team into action this weekend at the San Diego City College Tournament. The Eagles will kick off their season on Friday when they take on Reedley College at 3 pm. (photo-DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC)