Men's Basketball News

Lakers Defeat Penn Highlands 110-62

The Garrett College Men's Basketball team defeated Penn Highlands last night 110-62. Rze Culbreath led the Lakers with 20 points and 6 assists. De'Shae Lee added 18 points, and Sebastien Jean - Charles had a double double with 13 points, and 11 rebounds. The Lakers will play this Friday, at home, in the McDonald's tip off tournament at 8pm vs. Pitt Titusville.

Men's Basketball Season Preview

Pictured above L-R: Garrett Laker's returning Sophomores. Sebastien Jean-Charles, Laken Ojo, Nemo Trexler, Adam Wilkinson, De'Shae Lee, and Rze Culbreath. 

The Garrett Lakers Men’s Basketball team will open their 2015-2016 season Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at CCAC Allegheny. 

After two straight trips to the NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship Tournament, the Garrett Lakers could be considered to be in a rebuilding year.  The catalyst for the team’s success last year have graduated. NJCAA Division II First Team All American and NCAA D1 signee, DeAndre Davis, and sophomore teammates Chris Scarlett and Drazen Frankovitch will be difficult to replace.  To coach Dennis Gibson, they were only part of the final product, which at Garrett College has always been a team first concept. "We will miss those guys, especially their scoring and rebounding.  Plus DeAndre was one of the most unassuming stars I have ever had the privilege to work with.  We will have to replace his rebounding and hustle by committee but I am confident we will” said Coach Dennis Gibson.

Returning point guard Rze Culbreath, who last year averaged 15 points per game and 4 assists per game, is really the straw that stirred the drink last season and will only be better this year. Nemo Trexler kicked in 13 points per game and 4 rebounds per game, while teammates Sebastien Jean Charles, Lekan Ojo and Adam Wilkinson all contributed as either starters or with key minutes.  Another returning sophomore, that only played half the 2015 season as a transfer, was DeShae Lee.  " De’Shae will have a break out year.  He has not received as much attention, only playing in the spring semester, but he sacrificed more than anyone last year to help us get to nationals.  He is a tremendous, exciting athlete and is playing great” said Coach Gibson. Two other first year sophomores, Shane Chikerema and Wyatt McBee, will look to add more offensive and defensive depth. Shane will push the starters athletically, and with his ability to score.  Local Southern Garrett product, Wyatt McBee, is one tremendous three point threat. He will open up the inside for incoming freshmen post players Jaffar Musa and Malik Tunc. Freshman, Jaki Claton, will also add depth to the guard position and rounding out the team is 6’6” shooter, and true freshman, Jermaine Samuel.  

Five Lakers Make List of NJCAA Top Returning Players

Five Men's Basketball players were named to the 2015-2016 NJCAA Division II Top Returning players. 

Rze Culbreath 6'0" GD 30 27.3 15.1 4.4 3.8 2.0 0.1
Nemo Trexler 6'4" FWD 32 25.6 13.6 5.6 1.3 0.7 0.5
Sebastien Jean Charles 6'4" GD 28 16.8 4.9 2.9 1.3 0.5 0.4
Lekan Ojo 6'5" FWD 31 35.7 4.0 4.2 4.2 0.5 0.3
Adam Wilkinson 6'2" GD 29 10.3 2.7 0.8 2.7 0.2 0.0

To see the full list, please click here.

Davis Signs With Alcorn State University

DeAndre Davis recently signed a national letter of intent to continue his basketball career at Alcorn State University in Alcorn, Mississippi. The Alcorn State Braves compete in the SWAC, Southwestern Athletic Conference at the NCAA Division I level. The Braves are coached by Montez Robinson, this will be his first season. Robinson has spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach at Bethune - Cookman University.

Davis led the Lakers last season averaging 17 points per game, and 10.9 rebounds per game. He helped the Lakers win back to back Region XX Championships, and make back to back apperances in the NJCAA National Championship Tournament. DeAndre racked up a number of post season honors last year including First Team MDJCO, First Team Region XX, Region XX Tournament MVP, and most notably NJCAA First Team All American.

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