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25 Potential Impact Junior College Prospects for 2016

Prospects are listed in alphabetical order. Players who did not play during the 2015-2016 season are not considered.

Bashir Ahmed, 6′-7″, SG, Hutchinson CC (KS), St. John’s – Red Storm fans suffered through Chris Mullin’s first year as head coach, but help in the form of Ahmed, and others, is on the way.  Ahmed had a tremendous sophomore season, leading Hutchinson to a national runner-up finish, and garnering first-team All-American honors. Ahmed averaged 20 points and hit 54 shots from 3-point range.

Braian Angola-Rodas, 6′-5″, SG, North Idaho JC (ID), Undecided – A native of Colombia, Angola-Rodas played at Findlay Prep (NV) before taking the junior college route. He had a tremendous season resulting in first-team All-American honors at North Idaho, stuffing the stat sheet with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists per game.

Jaylen Barford, 6′-4″, SG, Motlow JC (TN), Arkansas – After leading his conference in scoring, Barford finished his second year in the two year college ranks, as a first-team All-American pick. Barford was named the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association Player of the Year, and also showed himself to be a competent rebounder from the backcourt.

Kavelll Bigby-Williams, 6′-10″, C, Gillette College (WY), Undecided – A native of England, Bigby-Williams was originally headed to Montana State as a freshman, but he didn’t meet eligibility requirements. He made the most of his time at Gillette College, though, as he was named a first-team All-American after scoring 16 points per game, to go with 14 rebounds and 6 blocked shots. He has international experience, having played for England’s U20 team.

Jalen Canty, 6′-8″, PF, City College of SF (CA), UC Santa Barbara – A 245 pound big man, Canty, has the potential to be an impact frontcourt player in the Big West. Canty starred for the California State Champion City College of San Francisco, scoring 13 points per game and collecting 9 caroms. Canty is a physical force – he was originally set to play defensive end at Washington State, out of high school.

Tyrek Coger, 6′-9″, C, Cape Fear CC (NC), Ole Miss – A sizable big man who was set to attend Missouri out of high school, Coger averaged 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds each contest. A top 100 player in high school, Coger could really fill a hole in the paint of the Rebels, and each post position.

Arlando Cook, 6′-8″, PF, Connors State (OK), Arkansas – Originally headed to Nevada, Cook (a native of Missouri) had plenty of potential suitors and reconsidered before deciding to head to Arkansas and the SEC. Cook was a high-percentage player as a sophomore, and a double-double performer (16 points, 10 rebounds per game).

Ar’Mond Davis, 6′-5″, SF, College of Southern Idaho (ID), Alabama – A two year standout at College of Southern Idaho following playing high school hoops in Washington, Davis could provide offensive on the wing for the Crimson Tide. Davis connected on 39 percent of 3-point attempts and posted 17 points per game. Davis also got after it on the boards, pulling down 7 rebounds each game.

Devin Davis, 6′-7″, PF, Odessa College (TX), Undecided – After leaving Indiana where he signed out of high school, Davis resurrected his career with a strong season at Odessa, leading to first-team All-American honors. Davis starred in scoring 17 points per game while contributing 8 rebounds.

Justas Furmanavicius, 6′-6″, SF, Thr ee Rivers CC (MO), Ole Miss – Hailing from Lithuania, Furmanavicius is part of an infusion in junior college talent to the Rebels’ roster. He had respectable numbers as a sophomore, scoring 13 points per game, and really shined on the glass, pulling down 9 rebounds per game. Between Furmanavicius and the aforementioned Coger, Ole Miss could improve significantly on the glass.

Corey Henderson, 6′-3″, SG, Blinn College (TX), Tulsa – Henderson can provide instant offense in the backcourt at Tulsa after scoring 14 points a game on 40 percent 3-point shooting. Henderson originally signed with Wichita State out of high school and will get a second crack at the D-1 ranks. He can also swing to the lead guard slot, and dished 3 assists per game as a sophomore.

Donovan Jackson, 6′-2″, SG, Iowa Western CC (IA), Iowa State – A 15 point per game scorer and blazing 3-point shooter, Jackson could join elite guard Monte Morris in a dynamite Cyclones backcourt, assuming he can overcome injury. A lefthander, Jackson missed most of his sophomore season at Iowa Western, Jackson could realistically play in either guard slot at Iowa State.

Emmanuel Malou, 6′-9″, SF, Yuba College (CA), Iowa State – One of the highest-upside junior college prospects, Malou reportedly netted in excess of 20 D-1 offers before picking Iowa State. Originally from Australia, Malou has terrific measurables and also gets it done on the floor, as evidenced by scoring 15 points and collecting 9 rebounds per game as a sophomore.

Connor MacDougall, 6′-9″, C, South Mountain CC (AZ), New Mexico – MacDougall went from one of Arizona’s most prominent high school programs to Arizona State out of high school, before rebooting at South Mountain. MacDougall starred in 2015-2016, scoring 18 points per game (64 percent from the field) while nabbing 12 rebounds per game.

Darryl Macon, 6′-2″, SG, Holmes CC (MS), Arkansas – A third-team All-American pick, Macon was an explosive scorer as a sophomore and part of a tremendous haul of junior college players to the Razorbacks’ roster. Macon scored 24 points each contest (near 50 percent shooting from the field) and also was good for a respectable 4 rebounds and 3 assists each game.

Numi Omot, 6′-9″, SF, Indian Hills CC (IA), Baylor – There’s plenty of reason for Bears’ fans to be excited about Omot, who played on a loaded team at Indian Hills and likely could have done more statistically given the chance. Omot scored 12 points per game (80 percent from free throw stripe) and also grabbed 5 rebounds. He was named an Honorable Mention All-American.

Devontavius Payne, 6′-3″, SG, John A. Logan (IL), Undecided – Programs looking for instant offense could be wise to court Payne, a prolific scorer for two seasons at John A. Logan. Payne poured in 21 points per game and connected on 39 percent of shots from 3-point range. Payne also was solid enough to pull in 4 rebounds per game.

Keanu Pinder, 6′-9″, SF, Hutchison CC (KS), New Mexico – A talented Australian big man on the National Championship runner-up squad, Pinder posted respectable averages in scoring 10 points and getting 7 rebounds per game. A one-time pledge to Nebraska, Pinder has great size for his position and has International experience in representing Australia on a variety of national teams.

Tyler Rawson, 6′-10″, PF, Salt Lake CC (UT), Utah – A centerpiece of a NJCAA National Championship squad, Rawson will stay in-state and play for the Utes. Rawson averaged 16 points per game, and connected on 37 percent of shots beyond the arc. A former American Fork (UT) standout, Rawson had other Pac-12 programs chomping at the bit to land him, and their loss is Utah’s gain.

Jimario Rivers, 6′-8″, SF, Southwest Tennessee CC (TN), Memphis – An early pledge to the Tigers, it remains to be seen if the new staff at Memphis can keep him in place. Rivers was a 13 points per game and 7 rebounds per game performer, which resulted in his selection as Honorable Mention All-American. He could provide a solid upperclassmen option in the frontcourt in the D-1 level.

Patrick Rooks, 6′-4″, SG, Chipola JC (FL), Undecided – Beset by injuries during his tenure at Clemson (where he signed with out of high school), Rooks made the most of his time in the Sunshine State at Chipola. Rooks blistered the nets, scoring 16 points per game, to go with almost 3 rebounds. Rooks was quite efficient, hitting 41 percent of 3-point attempts, to go with 78 percent of 3-pointers.

Niem Stevenson, 6′-5″, SG, Seward County CC (KS), Undecided – One of the most prolific players in the junior college ranks, Stevenson was selected as a first-team All-American. He scored 25 points per game, and did it on 51 percent shooting from the field and 37 percent from 3-point range. He was an Honorable Mention All-American pick as a freshman, and missed a season due to a knee injury as well.

Darrion Strong, 6′-1″, PG, Coffeyville CC (KS), Oklahoma – There’s certainly a void to be filled in the backcourt at Oklahoma, and Strong can be part of the group that helps do so. Strong had a terrific sophomore season, scoring 18 points per game and handing out 3 assists. Originally from Minnesota, Strong has a solid frame and is battle-tested in the backcourt.

Daishon Smith, 6′-1″, PG, Tallahassee CC (FL), Wichita State – The Shockers lose generational talent at the guard slots, and Smith has the chance to play heavy minutes upon hitting campus. For Tallahassee, Smith scored 16 points per game and also dished 4 assists. His rebounding out of the backcourt was also strong, as he grabbed 5 caroms each contest.

Darrlyn Willis, 6′-8″, PF, Pearl River CC (MS), Wichita State – A third-team All-American selection, Willis has the opportunity to bolster the post positions at Wichita State. Willis scored 18 points per game, and did so on 56 percent shooting from the field at Pearl River. Originally from Wisconsin, Willis was a highly-productive two year player at Pearl River.

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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