Iowa Central Men's Basketball team will kick off the 2017-2018 preseason portion of their schedule this weekend with the ICCAC JUCO Jamboree held at Iowa State University on Saturday, Oct. 7th. Iowa Central will be taking two teams to this year's jamboree with each squad playing 3 full games against other community colleges and NAIA schools. Iowa Central Blue squad will be playing against Black Hawk, IL, Anoka Ramsey, MN and Southeast, NE while the White squad will be taking on Link Year Prep, Quakerdale Prep and Grand View University. "This is both a learning experience for our guys and also an exposure event for them. For the freshman, it is always a good experience for them to play against someone that is bigger, faster and stronger than them." said Dennis Pilcher, Head Coach of Iowa Central. "And for our sophomores, it is a chance to been seen by 4 year coaches."
Iowa Central returns 4 players from a year ago. Tray Croft, Robert Hawkins, Davarea Loggins, Noah Stukey all saw action last year for the Tritons. Croft is the most heralded as he returns from his freshman year where he averaged 24 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assist a game. "Obviously Tray had a great year personally as a freshman but I know he wants to do better this year as a team. We will rely on him for both leadership on and off the court." stated Pilcher. Robert Hawkins also returns after starting 9 games a year ago. "Robert has really worked hard this preseason on becoming a better player, which is always good to see. Robert is the hardest working kid we have on our team. He comes and competes every day." Pilcher said. Loggins and Stukey both saw limited time on the varsity team last year but that experience will help. "Loggins and Stukey bring a work ethic every day to practice, weights and other things we do. Our freshman can learn by just watching those guys go about their business. Definitely glad Davarea and Noah decided to come back and play again." Pilcher said.
After the jamboree, Iowa Central will return to practice in anticipation of their next scrimmage which will be Oct. 11th against Grand View at home at 6pm. Be sure to check the men's basketball page at www.ictritons.com for their complete schedule.