After moving eight players on to the NCAA Division I level last season, the Florida SouthWestern State Men’s Basketball program added nine newcomers, including a pair of Division I transfers to go with a talented freshman crop.
First Baptist guard Trace Darby stays close to home after averaging 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists as a senior while shooting 53% from the field.
“I have known Trace since he was in 9th grade and have always liked the way he has worked to get better,” FSW coach Eric Murphy said. “He has improved so much over the last four years. I am excited to see him compete and continue to improve his game.”
Canterbury forward Jovan Kojic is also joining the Bucs and averaged 14 points and 9 rebounds per game for the Cougars last season.
“Jovan will be an asset to our team, as I believe he is a very underrated player,” Murphy said. “He brings shooting and versatility to both the 4 and 5 positions. He can score with his back to the basket as well, but really helps us stretch the floor with his shooting ability.”
Other guards joining Darby are Klein Alexandre from West Palm Beach, Florida who played at Miami Triple Threat Prep last season; Rhyjon Blackwell from Long Island, New York, who averaged 21 points and 5 assists per game a season ago at Combine Academy; CJ Jackson, who transfers to FSW after a season at UMass-Amherst where he played in 15 games and Kahari Rogers, who played last season at Liberty Heights Prep in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he averaged 17 points and 9 rebounds per game.
Forward Jonathan dos Anjos comes to FSW from Loyola Marymount University where he played in all 32 games for the Lions a season ago. He averaged 3.2 points and 2.0 rebounds per game as a rookie and also blocked eight shots which was second best on the team. Joining him are fellow forwards Mobido Sanogo from Central Pointe Christian Academy where he averaged 14 points and 6 rebounds per game a season ago and Cameron Stitt |who played last season at Beckley Prep in West Virginia where he averaged 16 points and 8 rebounds per game. Prior to that, averaged 18 points and 9 rebounds per game at Porter Ridge High School in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Bucs are scheduled to start their season on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Polk State.