EMCC Basketball Teams To Announce 2022-23 With Tuesday’s Basketball Bill Against Shelton State – Picayune Item

EMCC basketball teams will announce 2022-23 with Tuesday’s home basket bill vs. Shelton State

Published at 1:38 PM on Monday, October 31, 2022

SCOOBA – East Mississippi Community College 2022-23 basketball season is set to end Tuesday (November 1) evening on Scooba’s campus with a two-headed action against Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa. The Twin-bill-hoops action will start with the 5:30 pm women’s game followed by the 7:30 pm men’s competition at the EMCC Keyes T. Currie Coliseum.

On Tuesday’s opening of the women’s season, EMCC will make her debut as head coach of former Coahom Community College Assistant Coach Isaiah Butler, who succeeded retired EMCC athletics director and current Scooba Dean / Student Campus Sharon Thompson.

Shelton State’s Lady Bucs kicks off the 2022-23 basketball season by finishing second nationally in the NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball poll.

Led by eight-year-old men’s basketball coach Billy Begley, the EMCC Lions enter the new season as the reigning champions of the MACCC tournament, after advancing to 7th place in last year’s NJCAA Division I Ranking. Last year’s conference tournament title was their second in recent years. four seasons.

Following Tuesday’s opening of the season against Shelton State at Scooba, both EMCC basketball teams are expected to spend most of the remaining month playing outside.

The EMCC men will play three games this weekend (Oakland, Lincoln Trail and Miami Dade) this weekend (November 4-6) at the Griffin Sports Elite Classic in Erlanger, Kentucky, before taking on opponents of MACCC Northwest Mississippi (November). 14) and Meridian (November 17) both on tour in non-conference duels. The Lions will return home to host Piney Woods School on November 28.

Lady Lions of the EMCC will stay home to host MACCC opponent Coahoma on November 10 in an out-of-conference action, before ending the month on tour first in East Central (November 17) and then Bulldog Thanksgiving Classic, November 21-22, against host Mississippi Gulf Coast and an opponent of the Northeast Mississippi conference.


The first team of Lady Lions, EMCC Women’s Women’s Basketball Head Coach Isaiah Butler, will be made up of five returning players and nine new arrivals. Columbus’s product averaged 7.1 points, 4.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game, starting all 25 matches as a novice Lady Lions.

First-year ranger Kennedi Jimison of Northeast Lauderdale High School will be considered immediately after returning from the medical red jersey season due to an injury a year ago.

Ranger Jada Odneal (Starkville) along with strikers Sukkiha Suell (Starkville) and Zaniyah Brown (Velma Jackson HS) are also returning to provide the necessary experience and leadership to the young squad.

Perhaps a bit ahead of the other newcomers due to their previous experience playing the MACCC are transfer defenders Sadie Williams and Gabby Collier. Originally an ULM signatory from East Ascension High School in Louisiana, Williams averaged 4.5 points and 3.8 rebounds last season as a starter for 11 games at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Hailing from Brandon High School and the younger sister of EMCC’s assistant men’s basketball coach DJ Evans, Collier averaged 4.5 points, with 24 points earning three points in 21 appearances a year ago at Pearl River Community College.

The youth of this year’s EMCC women’s team is evidenced by the fact that half of the players of the 14-man squad are real newbies. Butler and his assistant coach Zariah Matthews, who played for Mississippi College, looks like they rallied a freshman class with a lot of potential and variety up and down the 2022-23 list.

According to Butler, the athletic bodyguard Ramya King, of White Station High School in Memphis, has shown impressive speed and continues to develop into a good ball handler. EMCC personnel also noted the length and speed of Libra Nakeria (Starkville), Hannah McDougle (Newton HS County) and Kylah Bell (Christian’s Pass) while recognizing Brianna Jordan (Holmes Central HS County), Shanayshia Culpepper (East Webster HS) and Kellie Strong (Murrah HS) as strong players post with aggression and endurance.



The EMCC Lions team from eight-year-old men’s basketball coach Billy Begley enters the new campaign as one of the favorites of the MACCC, which is just out of championship in the second conference tournament on the agenda in the last four years.

EMCC Men enter the 2022-23 campaign with an impressive four-year combined record of 67-30 (.691) overall and 38-13 (.745) in conference competition / divisions for the 2018-19 season.

Despite the return of only three players from Club 21-7 from the previous season, this year’s optimism revolves around the return of an outstanding third year ranger, Blake Butler, who won 23 accolades across the region for MACCC 2022 winners. Kentucky is the main contender for the MACCC Player of the Year title after averaging 14.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game last season.

Also returning from last year’s conference tournament championship team and eager to provide some leadership and experience are fellow third-year ranger Kevin Henry (Center Hill HS) and forward Jacob Reese (Starkville).

It is expected to help fill the void left by the 2021-22 NJCAA collective departures from the NJCAA All-American Jakorie Smith (Tarleton state signatory) as well as veteran rangers Danny Washington (Mississippi Valley signatory) and Traemond Pittman are very much touted incoming Kentucky natives DJ Avery and Andrew Mason. Avery averaged nearly 10 points and six rebounds last season at South Plains College, Texas, while Mason was 2021-22 5this The Player of the Year region has been selected for the Kentucky-Ohio All-Star Game.

He will add eight freshmen from the Mississippi prep ranks to this season’s mix of newcomers, including a handful of candidates in the state who will immediately accept contributions from the Lions base rotation. Tremaine Dixon Jr. (Raymond) intends to act as quarterback, while Ashten Michael (Clinton) and Terrell Dixon (Brandon HS) will mainly operate in the periphery. EMCC also added forward Christian Noel (Raymond HS) and Parker Henry (West Lauderdale HS) to provide the necessary interior stability.

Other new Lions faces this season include Jorden Edwards (New Hope HS), La’Derrius Love (Gentry HS) and Cadre Hampton (Kemper County HS).


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