Iowa Western C.C. in Council Bluffs, Ia., enjoyed a productive campaign in 2002-2003, going 25-6 overall and 3-3 in the ICCAC.
IWCC Head Coach Jim Morris has sent a number of players on to the Division I ranks in his tenure at the school, and this spring was no exception.
Four Reiver sophomores will attend four-year colleges in the fall, with three headed to the D-I level. Iowa Western Asst. Coach James Bankhead brought JUCO Junction up to speed with the latest info on the sophs.
IWCC's most consistent player in 2002-2003, 6-5, 220 pound forward Jerome Stamper, has signed on to play at Troy State. There, he'll be reunited with another ex-IWCC player and Florida native in Eddie Baker.
Stamper, who hails from Jacksonville, Fla., transferred into Iowa Western after spending his freshman year at Compton C.C. in California.
Stamper averaged 16.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game this past season for IWCC, shooting 55 percent on his two point field goal attempts.
"Jerome has a good midrange game, he can score inside and he can hit the three," Bankhead said. "He just scores, even though he's not a great ball handler, he finds ways to score."
Division I bounceback Ben Jacobson, who came to Iowa Western last fall from Lamar, signed this spring with Tennessee Tech.
Jacobson averaged 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. The 6-6, 215 pounder projects as a power/combo forward at the D-I level.
Way back in the fall, JUCO Junction reported that 6-1 point guard Brandon Morris signed with St. Louis University. Morris has graduated and indeed will be a Billiken in the fall. He averaged 5.8 assists per game for the Reivers in 2002-2003.
Lastly, small forward Mo Diallo has signed with Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma. A 6-4, 210 pound small forward from the Senegal, Diallo is a player noted for his defensive prowess.