While we haven't had a chance to catch him in action yet, the early reviews on John DeGroat have been extremely positive.
DeGroat, a 6-6, 210 pound rising sophomore small forward from Northeastern J.C. in Sterling, Colo., is being hailed by some JC scouts as one of the elite prospects in the Class of 2004.
JUCO Junction plans on being in attendance next month at the Mullen Camp in Tulsa, where we hope to get an up close look at DeGroat.
In the meantime, we've done the next best thing: spoken to NJC Head Coach Brian Joyce for a glimpse into his sophomore star.
"Versatility is John's greatest strength," Joyce said. "He has an inside-out game and also possesses a good feel for the game."
A native of Monticello, N.Y., DeGroat has made the transition from a high school post to the wing in junior college.
"He's a very strong and athletic wing," Joyce said. "He has a real nice shot, great range on his jumper and he rebounds very well for a guard."
Among the early suitors for DeGroat include Clemson, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, UNLV, Baylor, Gonzaga, New Mexico, Iowa State and Mississippi State.
That list could continue to grow and expand if DeGroat puts on a show at the Mullen Camp next month.
JUCO Junction will be there to keep you posted, so keep it tuned to this site for more updates on top prospects in the JC Class of 2004.