2015-16 Voorhees College Signees
Voorhees College head men’s basketball coach Derrick Mitchell has announced that Josh Powers (Long County, GA), Jeffrey Mack (Wallace CC), Keyonis Phillips (Selma, Ala.) and Wayne Jones (Cheraw, S.C.) have signed national letters of intent to play for the Tigers next season.
The four players join Jamarcus Larry from Gordon State CC, who signed during last November’s early signing period.
“I could not be more excited about the young men we have in our 2015 class,” said Mitchell. “Each signee in this class came from high schools that compete at a high level, compete for championships, and each one played for a very good basketball coach. They also played for quality AAU programs that are well-coached and competed in top national tournaments. I want to thank my staff for all their tireless work, especially my recruiting coordinator Taven Jenkins and associate head coach, Anthony Holman. Their countless hours on the road and on the phone show their payoff.”
Powers is a 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard that helped lead Long County High School to a winning record last season, while pouring in 19 points per game and dishing out five assists per contest. He finished his prep career with 1,584 points and made more than 256 career 3-pointers.
“When I describe Josh to others, I tell them that he doesn’t miss and he doesn’t turn the ball over,” said Mitchell. “Josh absolutely loves the game and understands it well. He doesn’t take bad shots and he makes very good decisions with the basketball. He is a true student of the game and a gym rat.”
Jeffrey Mack, a 6-foot-6, 185 pound guard from Wallace CC, Southside High School, helped lead Coach Brown Panthers to a 22-7 record in 2013 season and an appearance in the Class 4A state championship game. Mack scored 1,573 points during his prep career and holds the school record with 248 career 3-pointers, while garnering First-team All-Region recognition three times and all-state honors once. At WCCS, Mack averaged 12ppg and 5 rebs in two years for the Patriots. Mack garnered 1st team all-conference in the Alabama Community College Conference.
“Jeffrey can flat-out shoot the basketball and has a college-ready quick release,” noted Mitchell. “He is one of the best shooters in the state, but he’s much more than a shooter. He has elite athleticism, a great scorer’s mentality, and a great attitude.”
During his senior season, Phillips helped lead Dallas County High to a 28-5 mark. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound point guard was named Alabama Sportswriters Association (ASWA) 4A First-Team All-State after averaging 17.4 points, 7.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game as a senior.
Keyonis posted an 83-17 mark, while starting 100 contests during his three-year prep career and helped lead Coach Willie Moore’s Hornets to three Area Championships, three Region Championships and two consecutive Class 5A Championship appearances. Phillips was named to the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) 4A Central All-Region Team.
“Keyonis is a true point guard,” added Mitchell. “He has exceptional quickness and is the kind of point guard I like. One that can make plays for others but can also put the ball in the basket himself. He loves to compete. He even enjoys competing on the track after basketball season. He excels there too.”
Jones is a 6-foot-6, 250-pound post player that helped lead Coach Jacob Smith’s Cheraw High School to a 20-5 mark this past season, while averaging 13 points and 10 rebounds per game. He earned First-Team All-Area recognition and garnered All-Region honors twice, while also capturing All-State accolades.
“Wayne is a post with huge upside,” said Mitchell. “He has great hands and loves contact. He loves a challenge and takes pride playing post defense, which is rare. When he seals you on the offensive end, you are sealed. He also has a fun-loving attitude that his teammates will instantly love.”
“Each one of these young men has a huge upside on the basketball court, but more importantly they will represent our program and our university in a first class way - the way we expect our student athletes to,” concluded Mitchell. “They will be great players, but they will also be solid students and great ambassadors for Voorhees College. I want to give a special thank you to each of their high school coaches - Coach Moore at Dallas County, Coach Smith at Cheraw, Coach Brock at Long County, and Coach Davis at WCCS. They are each very good basketball coaches and have been extremely easy to work with and very helpful during the recruitment of their players. We can’t wait for August workouts to start.”