Some teams in Texas were not at full strength this past weekend and made the best of the situation. One team from West Texas played alright at times even though they were shorthanded on the floor. Read more about this squad right here on your source for junior college basketball recruiting news JucoJunction.
New Mexico Junior College head coach Chris Tifft had to walk away happy from what he saw out of his Thunderbirds this past weekend at the Dallas JUCO Blowout. The Thunderbirds were missing Josh Shelton and recently committed player Alex Phillips. Phillips will attend Eastern Illinois University next season.
Dequan Hicks seemed to be very productive while on the floor. The Racine, Wis. native really finished around the rim with his good skill set.
The 22-year-old Hicks has received interest this fall from New Mexico, Southern Mississippi and Missouri State according to Tifft.
Hicks averaged 11.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while shooting 63 percent(121-192) from the floor. "Hicks plays with a lot of passion and he is a great interior passer," said JucoJunction Publisher Bret Swanson. Hicks played this past summer at Jerry Mullen's JUCO Camp.
Freshman duo Desmond Lee and Lorelle Waters will see plenty of playing time this season for the Thunderbirds.
Lee signed with UTEP out of prep school but never attended the Conference USA affiliate. Lee played at Heat Academy in Martinsville, Va.
Waters, a Norfolk, Va., native played at Queen City Prep in Charlotte, N.C. last year.
"Desmond was on fire all weekend long if it was shooting the 3-ball or attacking the baseline he did it all," said Swanson. Lee is a Virginia Beach, Va. resident.
"Lorelle can really defend on the ball from the wing position and loves to attack the basket," said Swanson. This duo will look to help the Thunderbirds get to that next step in the always rugged West Texas region this season.
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