Jamboree Preview: South

 

By; Patrick Ronan | @pk_ronan


The South Makes a Serious Case For Best Region in the Jamboree

2:15pm EST: The Citi Team vs. Charlotte Elite WatchESPN

4:00pm EST: Brothers Dat Ball (BDB) vs. ATL "Hoops4Hunger" WatchESPN

The region I'm looking forward to watching most in the Jamboree is the South. With all four teams having size and professional talent, the competition in the South should be intense. Notable names are aplenty, so let’s take a look at three players from each team you should keep you eye on.

Citi Team

PG Chad Frazier: Played one season (2013-2014) at UAB before turning pro, averaging 17.7 points and 4.3assists. He has since played in Greece, Lithuania and most recently Canada this season, where he averaged 16.8 points and 4.9 assists for the NBL’s Cape Breton Highlanders.

SF Antonio Anderson: Four-year player at Memphis from 2005-2009. He started alongside Derrick Rose, Joey Dorsey, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Robert Dozier in his junior season (2007-2008). Since graduating he’s played professionally in the D-League and overseas from 2009-2013, including winning a D-League title with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

PF: Aaron Johsnon: Three-year player at Penn State. He was the Big Ten’s top rebounder in two of those seasons and was ranked 14th nationally in rebounding his junior season. Had a great eight-year professional career, spending time in Russia, Latvia, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Turkey, Croatia, Holland, Greece and Cyprus.

ATL Hoops4Hunger

SF Amin Khalid Stevens: Khalil Stevens played three seasons at Florida A&M (2009-2012), averaging 17.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game in his junior year. Since leaving A&M he has played in Slovakia (where he won a Slovakian Cup in 2013), Austria, Germany and Iceland. In Austria, Khalil Stevens won the Slam Dunk Contest in both 2014 and 2015. In Iceland this season, he was named the Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and Import Player of the Year after averaging 28.6 points and 16 rebounds.

PG Courtney Pigram: A Memphis native, Pigram played at East Tennessee State from 2005-2009. He left ETSU as the third leading scorer in school history (2,041 points), and was named the 2007 Atlantic Sun Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. In addition to playing for the D-League’s Maine Red Claws from 2011-2012, Pigram has played in Andorra, Germany, Greece, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Cyprus and Lebanon.

C Cheikh Mbodj: Mbodj played at Grayson College from 2008-2011 and Cincinnati from 2011-2013. He has played overseas ever since, winning a 2015 Italian League championship with Dinamo Sassari. Mbodj is also a member of Senegal’s national basketball team. He competed at the 2015 Afrobasket tournament. Mbodj is a prolific shot blocker. In his senior season at Cincinnati he averaged 2.65 per game - good for second best in the Big East.

Brothers Dat Ball

PG Josh Selby: Acting as GM and point guard, Selby played his lone college season at Kansas, earning Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors. He was the 49th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies and played in 38 career games with the Griz from 2011-2013. Since moving to the Israeli League in 2015, Selby has twice been named an All-Star.

PG Kenny Boynton: A four-year player at Florida, Boynton was a huge part of the Gator’s back-to-back-to-back Elite 8 runs in the NCAA tournament. He was a two-time All-SEC second team selection and earned All-SEC first team honors in 2012. Since graduating, Boynton has been playing professionally in Europe.

SG Nick Faust: After playing his first three seasons for the Maryland Terrapins, Faust transferred to Long Beach State and shined, averaging 17.4 points and 6.1 rebounds as a senior. He spent this past season with Ironi Nahariya of the Israeli League.

Charlotte Elite

F Josh Dollard: A two-year player for the Auburn Tigers, Dollard led the team in points and rebounds as a sophomore (12.5 pts, 7.0 reb). He was dismissed form the team, but earned his degree from Auburn last May. Dollard has played professionally in countries like Canada, Switzerland, Dominican Republic, Finland, South Korea, japan, Turkey and Greece.

F Titus Robinson: Played at Buffalo from 2008-20112 before going undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft. Has enjoyed a prosperous professional career since 2012, spending time in the D-League, Argentina, Mexico and Luxembourg

F Antwaine Wiggins: Remembered by many for shutting down Steph Curry when Davidson faced off against College of Charleston, Wiggins could be a huge weapon on the defensive end. He averaged 16 points and 6.5 rebounds as a senior, earning All-SoCon honors. Spent the 2016-17 season with Raptors 905 in the D-League, averaging 8.7 points in 18.8 minutes per game.