Ladner and Thompson return to Coast to sign players for JCJC
By Joseph W. Gex, II
Apr 19, 2013, 19:25
Jones County Junior College head basketball coach Jay Ladner, former head coach at St. Stanislaus College, and assistant coach Kelton Thompson, former Bay High head coach, returned to the Mississippi Gulf Coast on Tuesday, April 16th to sign two players for their Jones County Junior College men’s basketball team.
Ladner commented, “It is always great to come to a place that you know so well like the Mississippi Gulf Coast which has produced countless top tier men and women basketball players. For us to be able to come back home, recruit and sign some of the players in this talent-rich area is a win-win for us, the players and the area.”
On Tuesday, Ladner and Thompson inked Gulfport’s Otis Harvey and Harrison Central’s CJ White to National Letters of Intent.
Harvey, a 6’3” guard, helped lead Gulfport to the Class 6A South State tournament while White, a 6’5” post player, led Harrison Central to the Class 6A state tournament.
Ladner stated, “We have a strict criteria for the type of student athlete that we want to take the court at Jones County Junior College. We felt that both CJ White and Otis Harvey fit that mold. Obviously, all of our players must have the ability to play the different phases of the game but we look for character on and off the court so they can be successful in all aspects of life, as well. Both of these players will be great additions to JCJC.”
The coaches see both players as quality Division I-A players. White, who played with his back to the basket and down low for the Red Rebels projects to be a three-player in junior college. Ladner and Thompson see White as someone who can contribute down low and on the outside, as well.
Harvey, a two-guard for the Admirals, projects to suit up at the same position for the Bobcats. The coaches also like his versatility as a defensive player who regularly defended the opponent’s top player.
The Bobcats also signed Jackson-Lanier point guard T’rishunn White, Jackson-Provine shooting guard Jarren Mallory, Terry small forward Bryce Perry, Terry shooting guard Demarcus Myers, Pearl River Central shooting guard Ashton Woodson and Brookhaven shooting guard Leo Garrett.
Garrett has an interesting side story as he was in the Bay-Waveland School District until Hurricane Katrina. The son of former Bay St. Louis resident Paul Garrett and the nephew of former St. Stanislaus College standout and 14-year Canadian Football League player Shannon Garrett.
Ladner and Thompson are looking to these new recruits to help the Bobcats improve on the 2013 record of 17-8 and a second place finish in the South division. JCJC also advanced to the Region 23 tournament.