The Top 100 Junior College Basketball Prospects for 2019 were recently released by www.jucorecruiting.com . The Texas D1 Ambassadors and their D1 Nation Alumni boast two of those availables which are sure to help any mid major program.
#28 on the list is 6'5" Guard Xavier Armstead, a long range gunner and capable rebounder who originally attended Waco (TX) Midway High School and is now starring for McLennan (TX) Junior College. He's committed to Louisiana Tech and I can't be happier for him.
#92 on the list is 6'1" G Ellis Jefferson a very good ball handler and superior shooter with a sweet stroke. He attended San Antonio, TX(Brandeis) High School and originally signed out of high school with Central Michigan. Jefferson now starts for Clarendon (TX) Junior College. In my opinion he is the best guard in the WTJCAC which is arguably the toughest JuCo Conference in the country. Jefferson is currently unsigned.
You can review their entire list here if you are curious.
I hate to sound like a no it all, but damn it...I am..when it comes to evaluating future stars when others don't see the same. Let me throw some names out at you low to mid Division One coaches who are FLOUNDERING and need help with infusing talent into your program.
Nych Smith Winthrop. Had a career high 35 points last week. He's averaging 17.4 PPG and is in the running for Big South Player of the Year. He had only ONE scholarship offer out of high school.
Jarrell Brantley College of Charleston. He is averaging 19 points/8 rebounds per game. He's the favorite for Colonial Athletic Conference Player of the Year. He had only TWO scholarship offers coming out of PREP school, receiving those while playing as an unsigned senior for the D1 Ambassadors.
Jerry Johnson Chattanooga The Junior has been hampered by injuries but is still averaging 11 points per game. Johnson had only ONE scholarship offer out of PREP school which he received playing for the D1 Ambassadors as an unsigned 5th year player.
Antonio Green Middle Tennessee The Junior is MTSU's leading scorer, averaging 17.6 PPG. He's scored more than 20 points in 10 contests this season. He had ONE scholarship offer coming out of high school. He earned this while playing as an unsigned senior with the D1 Ambassadors.
Jahshire Hardnett Brigham Young The Junior is the Cougars starting Point guard, averaging 10.7 PPG. He had no Division One scholarship offers, attended Junior College as a qualifier and signed with BYU after one year in JC
Coincidentally, all these players were coached by Isaac Amedee in AAU before he became the Head Coach at Clarendon College. That just happens to be where Ellis Jefferson currently plays.
Does anyone see a pattern here? While many low to mid D1 coaches love to go to AAU tournaments, text on their phone like teenage girls (when they should be watching games) and sit next to Roy Williams, Mark Few, Coach K etc for the photo ops, they are missing the boat. They have no chance at the Zion Williamson's of the world. They should be combing the less traveled roads/gyms to find guys who can help THEIR PROGRAM.
I'm gift wrapping one such player like this in Ellis Jefferson. He's high character, very competent academically and can flat out get after in on the defensive end as well as light up the score board. Just a few days ago, Jefferson scored 18 and was instrumental in beating #1 in the country South Plains (TX) JC. He's had multiple games of 20 plus points this season. Wake up, this is a chance to improve your team and have your head coach see that you're working!