The proliferation of prep schools has perhaps diminished the notoriety of being an elite junior college basketball recruit. Still, there are plenty of high major programs that harvest the top prospects at the two-year level each recruiting cycle. The following list of 25 potential impact junior college players is alphabetical only, and no doubt not inclusive to many other potentially impactful prospects.
Kadeem Allen | 6′-3″ | 180 | SG | Hutchinson (KS) | Arizona
A prolific scorer as a sophomore, Allen registered 25.9 points per game on the season, collected 7.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists. The native of North Carolina consistently got to the free throw line, and converted 74% of opportunities from the charity stripe. He was named a First Team All-American, for both of his seasons in junior college.
Willie Atwood | 6′-8″ | 215 | PF | Connors State (OK)
The Region II player of the year and a First Team All-American, Atwood scored almost 1,000 points in his two seasons. As a sophomore, Atwood shot 57% from the field and 77% from the free throw line, averaging 20.8 points per game. He almost averaged a double-double, as he collected 9 rebounds per game as well.
Bishop Daniels | 6′-3″ | 185 | SG | ASA (NY) | Rutgers
Originally signed with Miami from high school, Daniels transferred to ASA and had a great sophomore season. The former Word of God (NC) standout scored 18 points per game, and dished 4.6 assists. He shot almost 47% from the floor and 80% from the free throw line. He is a tremendous athlete, as well.
Coreontae DeBerry | 6′-10″ | 260 | C | Hutchinson (KS) | Cincinnati
After a good freshman season at Mott CC, DeBerry finished junior college at Hutchinson. On one of the nation’s most talented junior college teams, the Michigan native scored almost 12 points per game, and hauled down 7.1 rebounds per game. He shot 69% from the field and was named First Team All-Jayhawk West for his efforts.
Dwayne Benjamin | 6′-6″ | 200 | SF | Mt. San Jacinto (CA) | Oregon
A First Team All-State pick in the CCCAA, Benjamin had a great sophomore year in California’s junior college ranks. He notched 21.1 points per game and 7.8 rebounds, while shooting 46% from the field. The native of Louisiana has athleticism befitting his background as a tremendous football player and track athlete in high school.
Cinmeon Bowers | 6′-7″ | 260 | PF Chipola (FL) | Auburn
After a standout freshman season at Chipola, Bowers inked during the early signing period with Florida State. Off the court troubles led the Seminoles to release Bowers from his letter of intent, but he is still regarded as one of the top rebounders in junior college, after averaging 8.9 per game. He also posted 12.4 points per game during his sophomore season.
Trahson Burrell | 6′-7″ | 200 | SF | Lee (TX) | Memphis
Initially committed to Rhode Island while in high school, Burrell took the junior college route instead and excelled. He was a tremendous scorer at Lee, averaging 25.2 points per game on 51.9% shooting from the field. He also grabbed 7.5 rebounds per game, and distributed 5.6 assists. Burrell is part of a junior college heavy class at Memphis.
Sam Cassell Jr. | 6′-3″ | 175 | PG | Chipola (FL) | Connecticut
Eligibility issues prevented Cassell Jr. from matriculating to Maryland, where he originally signed, but he made the most of his time at Chipola, and was selected as a First Team All-American. Cassell will have three years at UConn, and scored 18.7 points per game and averaged 3 rebounds and assists per game during his sole season at Chipola.
Trey Dickerson | 6′-1″ | 180 | PG | Williston State (ND) | Iowa
Dickerson parlayed his sole season at Williston State to an Iowa commitment, and Third Team All-American status. He was a workhorse for the Tetons, averaging 19.7 points per game, along with 5.6 assists. He also shot almost 35% from 3-point range.
Javonte Douglas | 6′-7″ | 200 | SF | Central Florida (FL) | Old Dominion
Though he gained notoriety for his prodigious dunking skills, Douglas is a tremendous all-around player, as evidenced by his Second Team All-American status. He scored 17.2 points per game as a sophomore, and collected 9.1 rebounds. He attended Hill College as a freshman, and was named Conference MVP.
Octavius Ellis | 6′-10″ | 230 | C | Trinity Valley (TX) |
After being dismissed from the Cincinnati program, Ellis excelled in junior college and was named a First Team All-American. He originally inked with Arizona State, but was later released from his letter of intent. He was a 66% shooter from the field, and averaged 13.1 points per game and 7.7 rebounds as a sophomore.
Jordan Goodman | 6′-9″ | 200 | SF | Harcum College (PA) |
Selected as a First Team All-American after leading his squad to the semifinals of the national tournament, Goodman became the second leading scorer in program history. While in high school, he committed to 3 different high-major colleges before heading to Harcum. As a sophomore, Goodman scored 18.1 points per game and grabbed 6.6 rebounds.
Darnell Harris | 6′-7″ | 220 | PF | NW Florida State JC (FL) | Middle Tn. State
Potentially a steal for Middle Tennessee State, Harris took an interesting route as he started college a D-3 powerhouse Wisconsin-Whitewater. He had a strong freshman season and then transferred to the JUCO ranks to a loaded team. As a sophomore, Harris averaged 12 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, and shot 53.6% from the field.
Christopher Hawkins | 6′-6″ | 230 | SF | Southwest Tennessee CC (TN) | Memphis
His sophomore season was beset with injuries, but Hawkins had a standout freshman year at Motlow State CC, where he led his squad in scoring and rebounding. He is described by his coach as a “do it all” player, with versatile skills. Hawkins was a top performing prep in Wisconsin, prior to hit junior college.
Stephen Hurt | 6′-10″ | 260 | C | NW Florida State (FL) | Kansas State
Named the Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year after averaging 11.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, Hurt transferred to junior college and upgraded his college level. The true pivot averaged 8.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, albeit on a team with a particularly crowded frontcourt of future D-1 players.
Josh Gray | 6′-1″ | 175 | PG | Odessa (TX) | LSU
One of the most sought-after recruits at the junior college level, Gray has already proven he can play at the D-1 level after his freshman season at Texas Tech. He was a Second Team All-American pick after absolutely lighting it up at Odessa, averaging 33.8 points per game as a sophomore. He also found the time to dish 5.9 assists.
Wayne Langston | 6′-7″ | 215 | PF | McLellan (TX) | Murray State
A First Team All-American pick, Langston had a strong sophomore season, averaging 10 points (on 60% field goal shooting) and 7.5 rebounds per game. The native of Washington, DC, was named the Most Valuable Player in the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference as a sophomore.
Lester Medford | 5′-11″ | 185 | PG | Indian Hills (IA) | Baylor
Medford made the most of his transfer from Arizona Western to Indian Hills, as he was selected First Team All-American as a sophomore. He led his squad to the junior college national championship game, and averaged 15.9 points and 6.1 assists per game. Originally from Arizona, Medford also nailed 40% of his shots from 3-point range.
Carlos Morris | 6′-5″ | 190 | SG | Chipola (FL) | Minnesota
A one-time commit to South Carolina while in high school, Morris had two solid seasons in the elite program at Chipola. As a sophomore, Morris scored 14.7 points per game and grabbed 5.2 rebounds. Morris added strength to his frame while in junior college, and was an important pick up for new head coach Richard Pitino.
Jeff Newberry | 6′-2″ | 185 | PG | New Mexico (NM) | Oklahoma State
There are some serious shoes to fill at the point guard slot at Oklahoma State, but Newberry figures at least to have a fighter’s chance to keep the Cowboys running. Newberry averaged 13.5 points per game and distributed 3.7 assists. He hails from Atlanta, and was named an Honorable Mention All-American.
Gary Payton II | 6′-3″ | 175 | PG | Salt Lake (UT) | Oregon State
A Second Team All-American and legacy recruit to Oregon State, Payton II led his squad to the JUCO national championship tournament. He averaged 14 points per game, collected an impressive 7.7 rebounds and had 3.6 assists as well. While his name will perhaps create high expectations, Payton II is a talented addition to a struggling program.
Kevin Punter | 6′-4″ | 175 | SG | State Fair (MO) | Missouri
Named a First Team All-American, Punter is staying in Missouri to continue college are coming to State Fair from New York. Punter was a prolific scorer at State Fair, averaging 20.3 points per game and shooting 57.1% from the field. Punter also nailed 37 percent of his 3-point shots. Given two departed Tigers shooting guards headed to the NBA, Punter will be counted on as a freshman.
Roosevelt Scott | 6′-4″ | 190 | SG | Indian Hills (IA) | Arizona State
Named a First Team All-Region player after leading the junior college D-1 runner-up in scoring at 17.5 points per game, Scott had an outstanding sophomore season. He was a 38% 3-point shooter and shot 51% from the field. Scott will be joined by his coach from Indian Hills, Barret Peery, at Arizona State.
Ivan Uceda | 6′-10″ | 230 | C | Harcum (PA) | Miami
A skilled offensive big man, Uceda shot 59% from the field as a sophomore, and averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds per game on a tremendous team. He is a native of Spain and was picked as an Honorable Mention All-American player.
Willie Wiley | 6′-7″ | 215 | PF | Vincennes (IN) | Evansville
A strong sophomore season propelled Wiley to First Team All-American status, after being a role player as a freshman. Wiley averaged 13.6 points per game, and collected 8.3 rebounds. He shot 54% from the field and 70% at the charity stripe, giving the indication that he’s an efficient big man. The Illinois native picked a four year college located just an hour from his junior college.