Bryshon Bryant and Denzil Haynes Jr are both primed to Lead Northern Oklahoma Collage Back to the National Tournament

 

The Jets qualified for the National Tournament in the 2016-2017 season with a 21-10 overall record. The Jets beat College of Southern Idaho by a score of 95-90 behind 40 points from Ty Lazenby; who is at the University of Oklahoma now and also 22 points from Cade Upshaw; who is at Mid-America Christian University for his Junior Year. The Jets advanced to play Junior College power, Vincennes University in the Second Round of the NJCAA National Tournament. While stuggling to shoot the ball with high efficiency, the Jets took a 82-76 loss to Vincennes. When asked what the best memory of the 2016-2017 season was, Dyaire and Bryshon responded with “The celebration of advancing to the National Tournament as well as the atmosphere playing in Hutchinson.” The Jets ended the 2016-2017 campaign on a tremendous ride.

The 2017-2018 season is a new year, a new look, with a new mission; “Get Back To Hutch” not only to get back there, but do something far greater than the previous year. With Sophomore leaders Dyaire HoltSebastian GrayDenzil Haynes and Bryshon Bryantleading the charge; the Jets are poised to make another run to the National Tournament.

This group of guys will have a different look to them from the previous years here in Enid, Oklahoma. When asked how this year’s group is different than last years, the four Sophomores collectively stated “We are a lot less selfish as a group, we are committed to defend, and we are much more athletic than last year”, they said. Making the run to the National Tournament had to have sparked the guys confidence as Freshmen last season coming into their Sophomore campaign. When asked how confident they would be as a group knowing what it actually takes to get to the National Tournament and what motivates them this year, they responded with “We are very confident, We have a much more serious approach every day”, they said. “We have unfinished business”.

Dyaire Holt is the returning leading scorer on the team now that Ty Lazenby and Cade Upshaw are gone because of graduation. He averaged 13.0 PPG, 3.5 RBG, 4.4 APG, and also shot 48.8% from the floor. When Dyaire was asked on how he will lead the team this season, here was his response: “I will be the leader on the floor every day; making sure the game flows how we want it to, holding everyone accountable each day, and never take a day off.” Dyaire is looking for a big year from the Jets this season.

Sebastian Gray is the second leading scorer returning for the Jets in the 2017-2018 season. He was a very big key in how the Jets finished the year on an unforgettable run. Sebastian averaged 11.9 PPG, 8.1 RBG, 2.2 APG, and shot 43.3% from the floor.  The summer was very big for Sebastian, as he went to the Top 100 Junior College Camp in Dallas, Texas. When asked about what the Top 100 Camp made him realize and what he sees coming out of this season, here was his response: “The Top 100 Camp was a blessing for me, it made me realize where I was at against the best players in JUCO around the country,” Gray said. “I want to see a family being developed here, a Confernce Championship, a Region Championship, and getting back to Hutch.” The Jets are looking forward to a great year from Sebastian.

Denzil Haynes didn’t get the playing time he wanted to get simply becasue of the fact that he was playing behind Sophomore at the time, Ty Lazenby. Denzil worked very hard on his game in the off-season and is ready to make a big impact for the Jets this season. Only starting in 5 games for the Jets last year, Denzil really came on late in the year help sparking a glorious run. He averaged 5.3 PPG, 4.6 RBG, and shot 51.8% from the floor. When asked about how much more of a role he was looking for this year, here’s his response: “I want to make a very big impact this year; I’m going to be more assertive and much more aggressive on the offensive end as well as doing whatever the team needs me to do.” Denzil will be a huge key for the Jets success this season.

Byrshon Bryant started in 13 games last season but played more of a defensive role for the Jets. Bryshon has spent the off-season really working on his offensive game and his outside shot. He averaged 3.1 PPG, 2.8 RBG, and shot 45% from the floor. While not playing very many minutes early in the season, Bryshon came on strong towards the end of the year helping the Jets make their run. When asked how Bryshon will impact this year’s team, here was his response: “I am the anchor of the defense so I will use my voice to help out the guys”, Bryant said. “I also will bring energy and hustle to every game and hit the glass to get more offensive possessions for our team.” Bryshon is looking for a much improved role this season for the Jets.

Coach Shamburg enters his 17th season at Northern Oklahoma College-Enid and is very excited to see what this year’s team can accomplish. Here is his thoughts on the four Sophomores: “Our four Sophomores; Dyaire, Sebastian, Denzil, and Bryshon should bring our team great leadership and experience. Playing in the National Tournament extended our season for two weeks and gave us confidence for the upcoming year. The first month of pre-season has been very productive in the classroom, weight room and on the floor. These four guys are physically and mentally prepared for a new season.”

 

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Nunez Commits to Big Ten School

Michigan landed its fourth commitment of the 2018 class when

committed to the Wolverines. A 6-foot-5 small forward and one of the top shooters in America, Nunez seems to be the type of shooting wing that has flourished recently in Ann Arbor.

A relative unknown until July, a number of Ivy League programs, along with Penn State, St. Joe’s, and VCU remained in the hunt. However, the chance to play for the Big Ten program was too much to decline.

“Michigan has the complete package as a school,” he said. “They are a top academic school in the country and they just won the Big Ten last year.”

Taking a prep year this fall at St. Thomas More, Nunez first emerged as a high-major college prospect during the final days of July on the travel circuit. Running with the Born Ready Elite program, Nunez caught Michigan coaches’ eyes, along with many others, after a 39-point performance, one that included nine three-pointers.

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Nunez Gearing Up for his Official Visit to Michigan

 

It was July, and Adrien Nunez was about to enter his senior year of high school without any Division 1 offers.

The 6-foot-5 guard from Brooklyn, though, changed that quickly.

“I did a camp down in Auburn, I played pretty well,” Nunez told UM Hoops. “… The buzz had started there, and then a couple coaches just started to follow me throughout a tournament I was playing in the middle of July, and then I got my first offer and it was like a domino effect.”

Two months later, and Nunez is staring at a dozen or so offers — and another, from Michigan, could be in the cards.

According to Nunez, assistant coach Saddi Washington watched him play in Las Vegas in late July — just around when his recruitment took off — and liked what he say.

Last Tuesday, Washington and John Beilein paid Nunez a visit at his school.

“Had a conversation with Beilein in the coach’s office, and everything checked out,” Nunez said. “He liked the way I played, and (he said) that he would like to set up a visit.”

Like his overall recruitment, things with Michigan accelerated quickly. Nunez is scheduled to take an official visit to Ann Arbor next weekend. He says Beilein has told him they’ll discuss a potential offer once he arrives on campus.

“I’m super excited,” Nunez said. “Going to be good to see (Michigan) in person.”

Familiarizing himself with the school appears to be a big item on Nunez’s checklist. He also says he’s looking for a high academic school, a description which he believes fits Michigan.

“It’s kind of a feel thing,” Nunez said. “When you go on campus, you can feel how the coaches are teaching you and how the place feels and if I can see myself there for the next four years.”

Though Nunez’s recruitment has progressed at a breakneck pace, he’s still fairly certain of when he would like to have things figured out. Penn State, Boston College and VCU are the “main recruiters” in addition to Michigan. He’ll have three official visits left after next week, but Nunez says he’ll only take one more, at most. A decision should follow shortly.

“I’m probably going to make a decision,” Nunez said, “by early-October, mid-October time range.”

Denzil Haynes Jr. Looking to Lead North Oklahoma College-Enid to JUCO National Championship

 

 

 

 

ENID, Okla. — Denzil Haynes isn’t content just being on the first Northern Oklahoma College Enid men’s basketball team to reach the national tournament.

The Brooklyn, N.Y., freshman says he and his teammates, who will face the College of Southern Idaho at 4:30 p.m. in Hutchinson, Kan., Monday, have raised their goals to winning it all.

“My goal was to make nationals and win nationals,” Haynes said. “We got to win it.”

Haynes and his teammates will be prepared if they do win it. They had a ceremonial cutting down of the nets Tuesday to celebrate. NOC Enid — as the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference runner-up — qualified for nationals Saturday when regular-season champion Connors State beat NOC Tonkawa.

“That was pretty fun,” Haynes said. “I’m really happy for the sophomores.”

Haynes found it easier playing than watching as he followed the Connors-NOC Tonkawa game.

“I was pretty nervous because it was going back and forth,” he said. “We would have rather been playing in the finals and won it ourselves, but I was happy when Connors won.”

Haynes promises he won’t have those nerves against the Golden Eagles Monday in the biggest game of his life.

“We have worked hard for this,” he said. “We know we’re fine. We should do our job. Just being there and playing is pretty fun.”

Haynes, who has averaged 5.7 points and 4.8 rebounds coming off the bench, says he thrives under pressure.

“I play up to the level of competition, not down to the lower level,” he said. “The harder the competition, the better and harder I play. I’m going to give it my best.”

Haynes immediately looked up Southern Idaho after the bracket was announced Monday. He agreed with head coach Greg Shamburg that it was a good draw for the Jets.

“It will be a tough match-up this week, but we’re getting ready to go to war against those guys,” Haynes said. “They are not that big. They are like us — pretty small. I think we have the edge on them in heart.”

Haynes has shown a lot of heart in his work ethic to improve. He has put on 12 pounds of muscle in the weight room. Haynes has transitioned from center to forward with the Jets.

“It (junior college) was tougher than I expected,” Haynes said. “The athletes here are very strong and they’re tougher than they were in high school. I have to adjust to it. As freshman, I know I’m not as big or skilled or faster so I have to work to get better at it.”

Haynes is beginning to feel “more confident” as he sees more playing time.

“My role is to come off the bench and bring some defensive energy,” he said. “I help with the post guy. I just try to bring energy on offense and defense.”

Haynes 53.2 percent from the field this season and had 44 offensive and 96 defensive rebounds.

“I try to physically attack the rim,” he said. “I’m there to get rebounds and second-chance points.”

Haynes was discovered by the NOC Enid coach at a showcase in New York. Shamburg and Hasani Stewart, Haynes’ AAU coach, were acquainted. Stewart told Haynes Shamburg was “a good coach” who could help him.

“He told me Coach Shamburg would make me better,” he said. “I’m happy I came here. Everybody back home is excited for us to have made nationals.”

He has friends on three teams that made the national field and is looking forward to seeing them in Hutchinson.

Enid was “a very big change” for him culturally — a change he says was good for him.

“It’s more like a rural area,” he said. “It was different seeing a lot of land compared to buildings and cars everywhere. It’s been nice and I’m settling in pretty good. There’s a lot more quiet and calm. I can get away from the commotion and concentrate on school and basketball. The change helped me focus more on the books, my education and basketball.”

Shamburg is impressed with how Haynes has adjusted both athletically and culturally.

“It’s a big transition lifestyle for him,” Shamburg said. “He’s done a good job coming into a small town and making the adjustment. He’s having fun and learning how to play and all those things.”

“Denzil is a good kid,” said Jets assistant coach Connor Brooks. “We have enjoyed having him around. He plays hard and when you play hard, good things will happen.”

Haynes gladly gave up a chance to spend spring break at home to be practicing basketball.

“You can concentrate a lot more on basketball this week,” he said.

Haynes has had some breakout games this season — 15 points against Rhema Bible College, 20 against Sunrise Christian, 18 against Oklahoma City Metro Prep and 14 against Eastern Oklahoma for the 20-9 Jets.

“All of them are memorable,” he said about his freshman season. I remember all of them very well. This has been a good learning experience. This is when I get better for next year and try to come back to the nationals again. I’ve improved a whole lot since last summer shooting-wise, athletic-wise and strength-wise …. everything has improved a whole lot.”

Adrien Nunez Top Three Target for Big Ten School

WHO IS PAT CHAMBERS TARGETING TO COMPLETE 2018 CLASS?

By Eric Gibson on August 31, 2017 at 11:30 am
Pat Chambers

Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

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Since Rasir Bolton’s verbal commitment in July, the pressure has eased off Penn State’s coaching staff for this recruiting cycle. They needed to land a quality lead guard to develop behind their current talent, and Bolton fits the bill. But the staff still has one more scholarship available on paper, and they look determined to fill it this fall.

Ideally the Lions would be in the market for another big man to bring up behind Mike Watkins, but 2018 has proved to be a weak class regionally on that front. Therefore the staff has been in the market for a scoring wing and have positioned themselves well for a trio of late-bloomers.

JACK CLARK – 6’6″ 170 – CHELTENHAM HIGH SCHOOL – PHILLY PRIDE

Clark was offered by Penn State back in April when he had a strong spring with current Nittany Lion John Harrar on Philly Pride’s 17U team. Per the City of Basketball Love, Clark underwent a recent growth spurt in the last year that saw the 6’2 guard shoot up four inches. While his newfound length certainly boosted his stock, he has yet to fully grow into his wiry frame, which has prevented other big schools from joining the party.

Clark recently released his top five which included the Nittany Lions along with South Florida, Massachusetts, La Salle, and Dayton. No scheduled visits for Clark have surfaced yet on Twitter, but it seems likely he’ll check out Penn State in the coming months over a football weekend.

JARED RHODEN – 6’6″ 190 – OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN SCHOOL – NY LIGHTNING

The highest rated player of Penn State’s three main targets, Rhoden had a tremendous summer on the Nike EYBL circuit. PSU extended an offer after he averaged 15.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game at the Peach Jam. Originally a 2017 recruit, Rhoden made the decision to reclassify to 2018 after he was unsatisfied with the level of his recruitment.

Now, the versatile wing currently has a list of 11 schools he’s considering: PSU, Wichita State, Oregon State, Seton Hall, VCU, Dayton, St. Louis, UMass, Hofstra, Santa Clara, and Wyoming. He already took an unofficial visit to PSU a couple weeks ago, but if Chambers can convince the Long Island native to come back for an official, the Nittany Lions would be in great shape to land the No. 127 prospect in the 247Composite.

ADRIEN NUNEZ – 6’6″ 180 – ST. THOMAS MORE (CT) – BORN READY ELITE

Nunez has also seen his recruitment take off after a strong July, because he was an unknown commodity prior to this summer. Nunez was actually a senior this past year at Bishop Loughlin in New York, but he didn’t receive any scholarship offers. Therefore he settled on a prep year for this upcoming season at St. Thomas More, so he could reclassify into 2018. Now he has a handful of offers including Boston College, VCU and St. Joseph’s.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Nunez has shown serious interest in the Nittany Lions.Twitter reported his first unofficial visit to Happy Valley a few weeks ago, and he will be back for an official visit for the Georgia State football game. Adding Nunez to Myles Dread and Rasir Bolton would give PSU three capable marksmen from three-point range.

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Greg Poleon Leads a Stellar 2017 Recruiting Class at Pace University

Pace Men’s Basketball Announces 2017 Recruiting Class

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Pace University’s Men’s Basketball Head Coach Matt Healing has officially announced his 2017 recruiting class, which brings seven new student-athletes to Pleasantville. The newest group of Setters is comprised of four talented freshmen and three experienced transfer students.

“We are very excited about this year’s newcomers and how they can impact our program both this year and during the course of their careers at Pace,” states Coach Healing. “We believe we have assembled a group of driven student-athletes who will help us continue to build the program both on and off the basketball court.”

Greg Poleon (6-6 Forward/Brooklyn, N.Y./Abraham Lincoln/Coffeyville CC (KS)
Poleon comes to Pleasantville from NJCAA Division I member Coffeyville Community College in Kansas, where he was two-year contributor. The 2016-17 season saw Poleon average 7.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game while shooting 51.8% from the field, which included a career-high 18 points against Pratt CC (2/4/17). The standout forward also helped Coffeyville win the Region VI Championship, advancing the Red Ravens to the NJCAA National Tournament. Poleon hails from Brooklyn, where he played for Abraham Lincoln High School and will be studying Healthcare Management at Pace.

Nunez takes Unofficial Visit to Big Ten School

 

NUNEZ VISITS

Penn State has built a very solid foundation for its 2018 recruiting class with three/four-star guards Rasir Bolton and Myles Dread. Now, they’re looking for pieces to supplement those two.

One possible name could be Adrien Nunez (St. Thomas More, NY), who took an unofficial visit over the weekend.

 

Adding Nunez would mean adding a third guard to the mix, so we’ll have to wait and see if that’s what Chambers wants to do with this next open spot in the class. Nunez also holds offers from Boston College, Bowling Green, Brown, Dartmouth, Fordham, La Salle, UMass, Robert Morris, St. Joe’s, VCU, Wagner, and Yale.