BHCC Basketball’s All Stars Go for It—Tonight!
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
They sustained a ten-game winning streak, beat the New England powerhouse Community College of Rhode Island for the first time in the College’s history, and rose to 8th position in Division III of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) rankings, ending the season with a record of 25-10. It has been a very good season for BHCC Men’s Basketball team - The Bulldogs.
Another high moment of the BHCC year comes tonight, when five extraordinary BHCC team members play in the men’s and women’s All Star games at Bunker Hill Community College. Be there!
BHCC Men’s Basketball forward David Stewart, point guard Elijah Rogers and forward Fredens Deneus will represent the College in the All Star Game at 8 p.m. Women’s basketball team guards Chuckearah Johnson and Regine Exume, who both made the 2015-2016 NJCAA All-Region team, will play at 6 p.m.
Stewart and Rogers made the 2nd team all-region team, while Deneus went on to become the only BHCC men’s basketball player to make the 2015-2016 NJCAA All-Region 1st team and Division 3 Nationals All-Tournament teams. Deneus, a junior college All-American candidate, ranks second in the U.S. in field goals and seventh in rebounds.
The “Big Three,” as Deneus, Stewart and Rogers are fondly referred to, are hoping to move on to four-year schools next year. Stewart and Rogers are both being courted by Division 2 and 3 programs. Deneus is likely to be offered a full athletic scholarship in the coming weeks. To date, representatives from Manhattan College, South Carolina State University and Longwood University—all NCAA Division 1 schools—have expressed serious interest in the player.
“The team’s success belongs to all alumni who have played or coached , and I'm proud to be the torch bearer as we continue our quest for powerhouse status,” said Head Coach Nkrumah Jones. Jones was voted All Region Coach of the Year by a jury of his peers. The coach, who is in his fifth year of coaching at BHCC, was honored on March 9 at the NJCAA National Basketball Championship banquet.
The 2001 BHCC alumnus, a former shooting guard, is one of several Bulldogs to have scored 1,000 points in his career. When he’s not coaching the Bulldogs, Jones teaches special education at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. “The men's team has established a strong tradition that if student athletes want to improve and continue their quest to play at a four-year school, BHCC is a great destination to achieve that mission,” said Jones. For more information about the Bulldogs, visit bhcc.edu/athletics/mensbasketball or bhcc.edu/athletics/womensbasketball.