The Christmas holiday is behind us now and some teams are preparing for games again this week in the junior college ranks. Read more about which team will prepare to stay undefeated this coming weekend right here on your source for junior college basketball recruiting news.
The Northwest Florida State College Raiders are currently 13-0 with first year head coach Steve Forbes at the helm. The former University of Tennessee assistant coach brings plenty of experience to the junior college game.
The Raiders will open second semester play at Gulf Coast College in Panama City, Fla versus Aiken Tech College and Baltimore City College this weekend.
The Raiders are led in scoring by freshman guard Chris Jones. The Memphis, Tenn. native signed with the University of Tennessee before failing to qualify academically. Jones played last season at Oak Ridge Military in North Carolina. Jones is currently averaging 16.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game this season while connecting 39 percent (22-57) from 3-point range.
The Raiders talent doesn't stop there as three sophomores can add to the mix at anytime in Rod Rucker, Neiko Hunter and Shawn Jackson.
Rucker is ranked No. 10 in the 2012 JucoJunction Top 150 and is averaging 12.3 points and 9.1 rebounds per game while hitting on 54 percent (62-114) from the floor. Rucker was a first team All-Panhandle Conference member as a freshman where he averaged 10.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. Rucker hails from Elberton, Ga.
Hunter is ranked No. 48 in the 2012 JucoJunction Top 150 with averages of 13.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per outing. Hunter hails from Eutaw, Ala.
Jackson, a transfer from Murray State University, is at 10.7 points and 5 rebounds per game this season while connecting on 62 percent (57-92) from the floor. Jackson played high school at Melody Christian High School in Live Oak, Fla.
Rucker, Hunter and Jackson all played this past summer at Jerry Mullen's JUCO Camp in St Charles, Mo.
Redshirt freshman guard Chad Donley, who signed with Liberty University, is currently averaging 6.8 points per game for the Raiders.
The Raiders will look to stay undefeated this weekend before heading into the always rugged Panhandle Conference starting in January.
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