Southeast Community College’s men’s basketball team is ranked 24th in the preseason rankings released today by the National Junior College Athletic Association.
The Storm, which competes in Division II of the NJCAA, return just four players who were on the 2009-2010 roster: Deion McGraw, a 6-foot-2 guard from Omaha (North High School); Ben Bowman, a 6-6 forward from Warragul, Australia; Brian Lewis, a 6-2 guard from LaGrange, Ga.; and Tiit Kuek, a 6-0 guard from Omaha (Bryan High School). The Storm went 20-13 last season.
Head coach Joel Wooton’s 2009-2010 team did, however, capture the NJCAA Division II academic national championship with a 3.4 cumulative grade-point average.
Defending national champion Lincoln College of Illinois is No. 1 in the preseason rankings and has three returning starters.
One of SCC’s opponents this season, Brown Mackie College of Salina, Kan., is ranked 12th in the preseason poll. SCC hosts Brown Mackie at 7 p.m. Jan. 26, then travels to Salina for a 7 p.m. game on Feb. 16.
The first rankings of the regular season, which will rank 15 teams, will be released Nov. 16.
NJCAA Division II Men’s Preseason Rankings:
- Lincoln College
- Mott Community College
- Cecil College
- Kirkwood Community College
- Grand Rapids Community College
- Phoenix College
- Cincinnati State Technical & Community College
- Erie Community College
- Henry Ford Community College
- Waubonsee Community College
- South Suburban College
- Brown Mackie College
- St. Louis Community College-Meramec
- Guilford Technical Community College
- Monroe Community College
- Bismarck State College
- Mercer County Community College
- Kishwaukee College
- Illinois Central College
- Des Moines Area Community College
- Columbus State Community College
- Lansing Community College
- Community College of Rhode Island
- Southeast Community College
- St. Clair County Community College