Following an appearance at last month's NJCAA Tournament, things are picking up for the College of Southern Idaho availables as we approach the late signing period.
In addition to Yusuf Baker (profiled separately on this site), Schafer Jackson, Jason McGriff and Jason McKinney are also looking to move on to four-year schools in the fall.
The most talented of that lot is McGriff, but it appears that acacemics may force him to go the Division II route.
"He's not going to make it academically unless he sits out a year," CSI Asst. Coach Barret Peery told JUCO Junction. "I don't see him doing that."
Peery said that Kentucky Wesleyan, Angelo State and Southwest Baptist are among the programs most seriously courting McGriff at the D-II level.
A native of Palm Bay, Fla., McGriff is a polished power forward prospect who has some face-up skills. He averaged 8.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in 2003-2004 for CSI, shooting 54 percent from the floor and 69 percent from the foul line.
One player who boosted his stock with a strong postseason effort was 6-2, 180 pound shooting guard Schafer Jackson of Provo, Ut.
"Schafer was our most consistent player over the last six to eight weeks," Peery said. "He's a good player who can score and shoot it."
Jackson is indeed a scorer, but he's not a one-dimensional player. While he can be a bit streaky beyond the arc, he's intelligent and strong enough to make good things happen by driving to the hole when his shot isn't falling.
Peery said that Portland State, Bowling Green and Valparaiso are among the schools showing interest in Jackson.
Jackson averaged eight points, 2.4 rebounds and one assist per game for the Golden Eagles heading into the NJCAA Tournament. He shot 42 percent from the floor and 37 percent beyond the three-point arc.
McKinney, a 5-10 scoring lead guard from Inglewood, Calif., is a freshman qualifier that can leave Southern Idaho with three years of eligibility on the Division I level.
Peery said that Cal-Irvine, San Diego State, UC-Riverside and Eastern Washington are the programs involved with McKinney.
McKinney averaged 9.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game for the Golden Eagles this past season. He shot 43 percent from the field, 38 percent beyond the arc and 68 percent from the foul line.
JUCO Junction will keep you posted on the CSI players as they make decisions this spring, so stay tuned!