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Basketball - Both JCCC hoop teams tapped as preseason Jayhawk D-II favorites

10/25/17

Basketball - Both JCCC hoop teams tapped as preseason Jayhawk D-II favorites

OVERLNAD PARK, Kan. – The Johnson County Community College women’s and men’s basketball teams were selected as the preseason favorites to win the 2017-18 Kansas Jayhawk Community College Division II titles in a voting by the league’s head coaches, the conference announced on Monday. Both teams are coming off NJCAA Tournament appearances last season.

The women’s team was picked ahead of Highland, Fort Scott, Labette and Kansas City Kansas. The men are followed by Highland, Labette, Fort Scott and Kansas City Kansas.

The Lady Cavaliers finished 33-3 and runner-up to Kirkwood for the national championship. Entering his 10th season at JCCC, Ben Conrad will be attempting to extend his streak of 30-win seasons to nine when the Lady Cavaliers hit the floor this season. Conrad will also be looking to win the conference title a third consecutive season and his seventh title overall.

Johnson County will have to overcome the losses of All-American Austin Richardson and all-conference picks Arielle Jackson and Kierra Isaiah Only three of the 13 roster players are returnees, but one of those is guard Kylee Williams who led the nation with 105 three-point baskets.  Williams averaged 10.4 points and hit 42 percent of her 3-point shots as a freshman.

The Johnson County men finished 26-10 last season, and placed eighth at the NJCAA D-II Tournament in Danville, Ill., last March. Head coach Mike Jeffers, now in is 27th season with the Cavaliers, returns four players from that squad, including starting guard Anthony Lupardus and Marquawn Wilson.

Lupardus was the team’s top player a year ago after averaging 15.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists. He was selected all-region and all-conference and was awarded the Jack Custriano Best Small Man Award for his play in the national tournament.

Wilson averaged 8.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists, but really played well down the stretch for the Cavaliers. He averaged 9.9 points and 6.3 rebounds his final 11 games of the season.

The Lady Cavaliers open their 2017-18 season on Wednesday, Nov. 1, when they host Bethel College JV at 7 p.m. They follow with home games Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3 and 4 against MCC-Penn Valley at 5:30 p.m., and North Central Missouri College at 2 p.m.

The men open their season with their first five games on the road beginning with a pair of games in Ottumwa, Iowa. On Friday, Nov. 3 they face host Indian Hills Community College at 7 p.m., followed by a 4:30 p.m., match up against Kirkwood Community College on Saturday, Nov. 4. JCCC’s first home game is against North Central Missouri College on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.

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For schedules, rosters, and other team information, go to www.jccc.edu/cavs.