After attaining a No. 6 national ranking and bringing home the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association championship title last year, the East Georgia State College basketball team is off to a sluggish start this season.
However, the Bobcats (2-7) feature several local players who are doing well, despite the slow start.
Former Faith Baptist player JaQuez Motley has started all nine games and leads the team in points with 152. He also has 29 total rebounds and seven steals. Motley is No. 3 in the GCAA in points and fourth in points per game (16.9). He is tied for fourth in 3-pointers with 22.
Sayvon Wilson, who once played for Liberty County High School, has played in nine games and has scored 36 points to date.
Former Bradwell Tigers Reasha Stokes and Malcolm Dingle also are getting some playing time as freshmen.
Stokes has played in six games and has 13 points and seven rebounds.
Dingle has three games under his belt and has two assists.
The Bobcats host Chattahoochee Tech at 7:30 tonight in Swainsboro. On Saturday, they play South Georgia Tech at 4 p.m. in Americus.
Over at Central Georgia Technical College in Macon, former First Presbyterian Christian Academy Highlander Chris Guilfo is doing well in his sophomore year. He is tied with Motley for fourth in the GCAA in 3-pointers.
The Titans, 9-1 overall, play South Georgia Tech at 7:30 tonight in Americus and host Georgia Perimeter at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Former FPCA and EGC standout Jordan Johnson now is in his senior year at Tennessee Tech. Last year, Jordan started in 18 games for the Golden Eagles and played in 33 games, averaging 5.4 points per contest.
This year, the Golden Eagles are 4-3 as of Tuesday morning, and Jordan has played in five games, averaging one point per game.
The Golden Eagles host Lipscomb at 6 tonight in Cookeville.
Johnson’s former FPCA and EGC teammate, DJ Felder, is a senior at Jacksonville State University. Last year, he appeared in 30 of the Gamecocks’ 31 games, starting 23, and averaged 8.3 points per game. Felder is averaging 7.6 points per game and 4.4 rebounds per game for the Gamecocks, who are 4-3 so far this season.
They play Alabama State on Saturday in Montgomery.
Former Faith Baptist Christian Academy player JJ Frazier, a sophomore at the University of Georgia, has played all six games this season with two starts and has 55 points and 24 rebounds in that span.
He saw action in 30 games last season as a freshman and notched 111 points, 15 steals, three blocks, 27 assists and 36 rebounds. He was 23 of 71 on 3-point attempts.
The Bulldogs were 3-3 heading into Tuesday night’s game at Chattanooga. On Sunday, the Dawgs host Colorado at noon.