Men's Basketball 2017-18 Season News

Motlow's Rashawn Fredericks representing his home country on national team

Aug. 17, 2017

Motlow State men's basketball standout Rashawn Fredericks has been enjoying a productive summer as a member of the Virgin Islands national team. Fredericks helped lead the Bucks to the TCCAA/Region VII championship last year as a freshmen and is slated to return to Motlow for his sophomore campaign.

Fredericks is not the only Motlow connection on the Virgin Islands team, being joined by former Buck and current Tennessee Tech Golden Eagle Stephaun Adams, who was a member of the 2015-16 Bucks.

"It means a lot and it is truly a blessing to be able to play and travel and represent my home country," said Fredericks. "Not many people from where I come from have the opportunity to experience something like this. It's exciting to be a part of a team featuring the best players from the Virgin Islands."

Originally from the Virgin Islands, Fredericks has been racking up accolades since he set foot in the United State. As a standout junior for Chamberlain High School in Tampa, he was named the player of the year in his school's classification for the entire state of Florida.

As a freshman last season at Motlow, he averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds in helping lead the Bucks to a 30-6 overall record, the conference championship, and a final eight appearance at the NJCAA national tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas. Fredericks was named the TCCAA Freshman of the Year and was selected to the all-conference and all-tournament first team.

The Virgin Islands national team began training on Aug. 9, and their schedule includes games against college teams such as Vanderbilt and James Madison University as well as national teams like Uruguay. Fredericks' time with the team will end with a trip to Argentina to play Americup on Aug. 27.

Fredericks is one of seven members of last year's Motlow championship team scheduled to return for their sophomore season. Motlow begins fall classes on Aug. 28 and junior college basketball teams begin official practice on Oct. 1.

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Motlow's Rashawn Fredericks (32) goes hard to the rim during the Bucks' 78-59 win over Coffeyville Community College in the first round of the NJCAA national tournament last year in Hutchinson, Kansas. Fredericks, along with All-American point guard Javion Hamlet (3), leads a group of seven returning sophomores for Motlow.

Motlow State names Arthur Latham men's basketball head coach

May 2, 2017

Motlow State Community College announced that Arthur Latham has been selected to fill the position of men's basketball head coach, according to Scott Shasteen, director of athletics. Latham has been an assistant coach at Motlow for the past two successful seasons, serving under former head coach J.T. Burton.

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Latham was named the interim head coach after Burton resigned in early April. Last year, Latham also served as interim head coach in 2016 for Motlow's women’s basketball program and guided the Lady Bucks to four straight wins to end the season.

"Arthur is a man of character who has a passion for the game of basketball and for helping young people achieve their dreams," said Shasteen. "He has been a critical part of the most successful back-to-back seasons in school history, including this past season when the Bucks won 30 games and advanced to the final eight of the national tournament.

"With as many as 10 members of the greatest team in Motlow basketball history returning, leadership believes we have a chance to compete again for a national championship," he continued. "Those players know and love Coach Latham, and they want to do their best for him on and off the court. Enthusiasm for the game and for Coach Latham's role is palpable on campus."

Latham is a native of Ratcliff, KY, and earned his bachelor's degree (2010) and his master's degree (2012) from St. Catharine College, where he played for four seasons from 2006-2010. He left St. Catharine as the all-time school record holder for wins (71), points (1,600) and rebounds (756).

He joined Burton's coaching staff at St. Catharine in 2011 and helped lead the Patriots to multiple NAIA national tournament appearances. He remained at St. Catharine until June 2015, when he left to join Burton at Motlow.

"I am very grateful to my athletic director and President Tony Kinkel," said Latham. "I've worked my entire career preparing for this opportunity. To be selected at this time, with these players, for this mission - it's a powerful combination. This team is like an engine. It's a powerhouse that drives Motlow pride to new levels. We have a great group of coaches at Motlow too, and I intend to draw from their collective experience every chance I get. We are a family here, and I'm proud to be able to continue as a member of our family."

Among those players who have indicated they will return for their sophomore seasons at Motlow next year is Javion Hamlet, who was named second-team All-American and led the nation averaging 8.5 assists per game while leading the Bucks in scoring with 15.6 points per contest.

Other members of the 2016-17 Bucks who have another year of eligibility at Motlow are Rashawn Fredericks, who averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds per game; Isaiah Hart, who averaged 13 points per game and set the school's all-time record for steals in a single season; Aleksandar Zecevic, who averaged over nine points and six rebounds per game; and Kevonte Corley, who averaged over four points and seven rebounds per game. Hamlet, Fredericks, Hart, Zecevic and Corley were the five starters for the majority of Motlow's 36 games.

Additional freshmen on the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association regular season and tournament champions were Jahod Lang, Ross Plunkett, Jalen Bell, Dillon Smith and Chad Emmons. Redshirts for the Bucks last season were Leonardo Castillo, Jr. and Kindravious Webster.
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