The Indians of Chipola College missed out on the Florida State JUCO Tourney last season for the first time. The Indians and head coach Jake Headrick played this past weekend in Kenn Littlefield's JUCO Jamboree in Jonesboro, G.A. JucoJunction takes a look at the Indians who were without some key players this past weekend in this article.
Keith Dewitt recently committed to the University of Southern Mississippi, Shamarr Bowden and Rashad Perkins - those three players had to sit out after a altercation in an earlier jamboree in October.
Sam Grooms is back to lead the Indians from the point guard position. Grooms, from Greensboro, N.C., prepped out of high school at Charis Prep in Wilson, N.C. "Sam has great size for a point guard and can really get by you on the floor. Sam shows good leadership skills on the floor," said JucoJunction Publisher Bret Swanson.
Will Ohauregbe transferred into Chipola College from UNC-Wilmington. The power forward from England played AAU ball with Grooms and prepped at Fork Union Military for a year before heading to UNCW. "Will, a left-handed power forward, has a great frame and is a outstanding passer in the post," said Swanson. Will averaged 4 points and 4.7 rebounds a night at UNCW in 28 games last season. Ohauregbe averaged 17 minutes a game.
Geron Johnson was a promising freshman coach Headrick added to the roster this season. Johnson is a product of Dayton Dunbar High School in Ohio and he really had his stroke going today in Jonesboro. "Geron has one of the quickest releases I have seen all month long in junior college basketball," said Swanson.
Marcos Knight ended his recruitment earlier back in the summer. Knight will take his skills to Middle Tennessee State University in the Sun Belt Conference. Knight played last season at Middle Georgia College.
The Indians have enough weapons on offense and talent to get back to the Florida State tourney this season. The trip won't be far for the Indians either since Chipola College in Marianna, F.L. hosts the tourney every year.