TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (October 2, 2017) – The countdown to tip-off has officially started for Tallahassee Community College’s basketball teams.
Sunday marked the official start of practice for the 2017-18 season though the Eagles took the day off, instead choosing to hit the floor on Monday afternoon.
Further proof the season opener is around the corner is that preseason basketball magazines have hit the shelves in full force. One, in particular, will be of interest to the Eagle men.
Street & Smith’s, the lone publication with a section dedicated to the two-year colleges, has Tallahassee ranked No. 5 in its preseason top 25. The poll, compiled by veteran writer Tony Jimenez, takes into account all three divisions of the NJCAA, as well as the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) and the Northwest Athletic Conference.
Says Jimenez, “In coach Mark White’s previous job at East Mississippi CC, he hit on all cylinders in his third season (27-7) and made the first of four consecutive NJCAA tournaments. Get ready for history to repeat itself as White begins his third season in Florida. With talent, maturity, experience, size and lots of transfers (seven on a 12-player summer roster), the Eagles are solid gold. Holdover wings Leon Freeman-Daniels and Jacob Winston are very good shooters. Key front-liners include 6-8 freshman Chris Agbo, 6-8 Rice transfer Corey Douglas and 6-8 Illinois-Chicago transfer K.J. Santos. The backcourt includes three impact transfers: 6-3 Quentin Jackson (ex-Charlotte), 6-2 C.J. Fisher (North Florida) and 6-5 J.D. Williams (UAB).”
The Eagles have since added another impact transfer, 6-10 center Khadim Sy, who left Virginia Tech last month and is on track to be eligible for the second semester. Sy made 28 starts as a freshman for the Hokies and averaged 4.0 points and 2.7 rebounds.
Tallahassee has plenty of company from Region 8 in the Street & Smith’s Top 25 – Panhandle Conference rival Northwest Florida State College is No. 1 while 2017 NJCAA Runners-up Eastern Florida State College is No. 3. Palm Beach State College is ranked 12th, Chipola College is 21st and Florida SouthWestern State College made the list as a sleeper.
Jimenez’ preview also includes a list of the top 25 sophomores, and Santos earned Fifth-team Super Sophs recognition.