Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release

Date: March 12, 2009

For More Information: Keith Gentry, (901) 333-4114


Southwest To Take On Top-Ranked Team in NJCAA Tourney

The 4th-ranked Southwest Men's Basketball Team (25-1), champions of last week's TCCAA/NJCAA Region VII Tournament, will take on number one ranked Chipola College (31-1) in the first round of the 2009 NJCAA National Tournament at noon on March 17 in Hutchinson, Kansas. The winner will play on March 18 at 6 p.m. against the winner of the Cape Fear vs. Lamar while the losers of the two games will play at 3 p.m. also on March 18. The championship game will be played on March 21.

Under the direction of TCCAA Coach of the Year Verties Sails Jr., the Saluqis are averaging a NJCAA third-best 98.0 points per game this season and feature six sophomore players who average in double figures. Five of those players were named to the All-Western Division Team (including two who were also All-TCCAA) and a sixth was selected Region VII Tournament MVP.

TCCAA Player of the Year Myron Strong was joined by Reginald Owens on the All-TCCAATeam. In addition to Strong and Owens, Jeremy Williams, DeAngelo Riley, and James Justice were selected to the TCCAA's All-Western Division Team. Jeremy Rodgers was voted Region VII Tournament MVP after averaging 21 points in the three tournament games including 27 in the championship game victory over Cleveland State.

Quick Facts About the Southwest Saluqis:

  • Head Coach: Verties Sails Jr. (30th year, 662-246)
  • Assistant Coaches: Benjamin Rhodes, Verties Sails III
  • 2008-09 Overall Record: 25-1
  • 2008-09 TCCAA Record: 13-0
  • 2008-09 NJCAA Ranking: 4th

Probable Starters:

  • Forward – Jeremy Williams (6’7”, 220 lb, sophomore, Memphis, TN, Hamilton HS, 15.5 ppg, 6.6 reb, 2.4 ast, 1.6 blk)
  • Forward – Reginald Owens (6’6”, 260 lb., sophomore, Memphis, TN, Fairley HS, 14.0 ppg, 6.8 reb)
  • Center – DeAngelo Riley (6’8”, 220 lb., sophomore, Memphis, TN, Kirby HS, 12.6 ppg, 8.3 reb, 3.0 blk)
  • Guard – Myron Strong (6’2”, 185 lb., sophomore, Memphis, TN, Hamilton HS, 14.5 ppg, 2.5 reb, 3.2 ast, 2.4 stl)
  • Guard – Josh Watson (6’4”, 175 lb., sophomore, Moss Point, MS, Moss Point HS, 6.3 ppg, 4.1 reb, 3.4 ast, 2.7 stl)

Reserves:

  • Guard – James Justice (5’11”, 170 lb., sophomore, Memphis, TN, Craigmont HS, 10.2 ppg, 3.0 reb, 2.3 ast)
  • Forward/Center – Jeremy Rodgers (6’6”, 235 lb., sophomore, Memphis, TN, Fairley HS, 10.4 ppg, 6.9 reb)
  • Guard – Kendrick Brown (6’0”, 150 lb., freshman, St. Louis, MO, Soldan HS, 6.8 ppg, 2.7 reb, 3.8 ast, 2.1 stl)
  • Guard - Paxton Jackson (6’1”, 190 lb., sophomore, Memphis, TN, Kirby HS, 6.4 ppg, 2.4 reb)
  • Forward – Victor McLin (6’5”, 180 lb., freshman, Dyersburg, TN, Dyersburg HS, 1.9 ppg, 2.5 reb)
  • Forward – Wendell Simmons (6’3”, 180 lb., sophomore, Memphis, TN, Hillcrest HS, 2.7 ppg, 1.1 reb)

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