Men's Basketball 2017-18 Season News

Sophomore Rashawn Fredericks leads Motlow Bucks to three home wins in four days

Dec. 4, 2017

Sophomore Rashawn Fredericks recorded three double-doubles, giving him six in his team's previous seven games, to lead the Motlow Bucks to victory in three consecutive home games last week at Copperweld Arena. Motlow will play its final game before the holiday break when it travels to Boaz, Ala., to face Snead State on Monday, Dec. 11. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Motlow opened the week by beating Georgia Highlands 97-71 Wednesday. The Bucks followed that with a pair of Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) wins, beating Cleveland State 84-66 Friday night and Chattanooga State 96-66 Saturday afternoon. Motlow stands alone on top of the TCCAA men's basketball standings as the only team without a conference defeat.

The Bucks (9-1, 5-0) were ranked No. 9 in the nation in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) preseason poll. The first regular season poll is scheduled to be released this week, and all indications point to Motlow at least holding its preseason ranking if not moving up a couple of spots. Fredericks will also be a strong candidate for national player of the week honors.

It was the second win of the season over Georgia Highlands, the nation's No. 18-ranked team in the preseason poll, with the Bucks beating the Chargers 79-60 in Rome to open the season Nov. 1.

Fredericks was spectacular Wednesday night, scoring the first 11 points of the game and finishing with 33 points and 13 rebounds along with three steals and a blocked shot. Motlow blistered the nets, shooting 56 percent from the field, including 8-21 three pointers, and hit 23 of its 28 free throw attempts. The Bucks led 41-31 at halftime and were never really threatened in any of the three home court wins.

Isaiah Hart scored 19 points, hitting 3-5 three pointers, and dished out four assists with two steals. Kevonte Corley barely missed a double-double with nine points, nine rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. David Fraser scored eight points with seven rebounds and three assists, and Dillon Smith had four points, five rebounds, two assists and three steals.

Motlow also got excellent bench contributions from Anthony Yarbrough, who scored seven points with six rebounds; Kin Webster with six points, three rebounds and three assists; and Hayden Edmondson who hit a three pointer and dished out three assists.

The most competitive of the three home games was Friday night against Cleveland State. Although the Bucks led the entire game, including 42-32 at halftime, the Cougars kept the margin around 10 points until the final minutes. Motlow hit 11-26 three pointers, 42.3 percent, and held the Cougars to 35 percent shooting from the field. Motlow dominated the battle of the boards, outrebounding the visitors 57-41.

Hart hit a big basket whenever Cleveland State would begin to make a run, and he led all scorers with 30 points including nailing 11-12 free throws. Hart, who leads the team averaging 19 points and five assists per game, dished out eight dimes against the Chargers and added four rebounds and three steals.

Fredericks scored 22 with 15 rebounds and four blocked shots, while Smith added 17 points and had four rebounds and three steals. Corley was a beast on the boards, leading the Bucks with 16 rebounds while scoring eight points and blocking three shots.

The 'Fantastic Four' of Hart, Fredericks, Corley and Smith fought through the fatigue of playing three games in four days and once again led the Bucks to their dominating win over Chattanooga State Saturday. Motlow was never challenged, leading 44-26 at halftime and connecting on 12-27 three-point shots for the game.

Smith took the scoring honors against the Tigers, hitting 4-6 three-point shots and scoring 24 points. Fredericks scored 16 with 11 rebounds, three blocks and three steals; Hart scored 14 with five assists and two steals; and Corley had eight points and 11 rebounds. Zaire Swaby added seven points and a pair of rebounds, Leo Castillo had five points and three rebounds, and Chad Emmons scored four points with four boards.

Following Monday's contest against Snead State, the Bucks will break for the holidays. Their next contest will be Jan. 5, 2018, when they travel to West Plains, Missouri, for a pair of games. The next home game is Friday, Jan. 19, with Dyersburg State visiting for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.

Motlow Bucks
The Motlow Bucks have opened the season by winning nine of their first 10 games and jumping to the top of the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association standings with five straight conference wins. The Bucks are coached by, left to right, Zach Holt, assistant; Arthur Latham, head coach; and Nick Porter, assistant. Jeff Reed Photography.

No. 9 Bucks stay unbeaten in conference play, host No. 18 Georgia Highlands Nov. 29

Nov. 20, 2017

The Motlow Bucks won the rebounding battle 52-24 and remained unbeaten in TCCAA conference play with a 92-74 win over Volunteer State Saturday afternoon in Gallatin. The win came on the heels of Wednesday's 99-63 dismantling of the Cumberland University JV in the home opener at Copperweld Arena.

The Bucks (6-1, 3-0), ranked No. 9 in the preseason NJCAA poll, will next step outside the conference when they host No. 18 Georgia Highlands at 6 p.m. on Nov. 29. Motlow opened the season with a 79-60 win over the Chargers Nov. 1 in Rome, Ga.

Motlow sophomore Rashawn Fredericks recorded the third double-double in his last four games against the Pioneers, scoring 22 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. That followed a 20-point, nine-rebound performance against the Cumberland JV. Fredericks is averaging 15.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.

The Bucks and Pioneers were tied at nine after five minutes of play, but Motlow took the lead for good soon after and surged to 33-24 lead with six minutes left in the half. Play was stopped just before the half as the lights went out in the Volunteer State gym, and when play resumed Motlow nailed a three pointer to take a 48-38 lead into the locker room.

The Bucks could not pull away from the Pioneers until the final minutes, leading by only eight with eight minutes remaining, but Motlow outscored Volunteer State 21-11 in the final eight minutes to secure the 18-point victory. The Bucks shot 48 percent from the field, including 39 percent from three-point range and connected on 16-20 free throws.

Isaiah Hart scored 20 points and added four assists and two steals, Leo Castillo had 12 points with six rebounds, three assists and two steals, and Kevonte Corley led the Bucks in rebounds with 14 and scored 10 points with three steals. Volunteer State’s George Stanberry led all scorers with 37 points.

Every player on the active roster got into the scoring column against the Cumberland JV on Wednesday, led by Fredericks' 20 points and Hart's 19, with Hart dishing out seven assists and securing three steals. Freshman Hayden Edmondson broke into double figures for the first time in his young career with 12 points, hitting 4-5 three pointers. Corley and Castillo each had eight points, with Corley adding nine rebounds, two assists and two steals, and Castillo three rebounds and three assists.

Derrick Rayford has seven points, three assists and two steals, Kin Webster scored six with five rebounds, Zaire Swaby had four points and three rebounds, while Justin Hill added four points and five boards. David Fraser, Anthony Yarbrough and Chad Emmons each scored two, with Fraser getting seven rebounds and Emmons four.

The Bucks will jump back into TCCAA action when they host Cleveland State at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1. The first conference back-to-back weekend will conclude the following day, with Chattanooga State visiting Copperweld Arena for a 4 p.m. tipoff. Both conference contests will follow women's action, which begins two hours prior to the men's game. Neither Motlow team will play another home game until Jan. 19, 2018, when they host Dyersburg State.

Motlow Bucks
Motlow sophomore Rashawn Fredericks goes high for the slam dunk during the Bucks' 99-63 home opening win over the Cumberland University JV at Copperweld Arena Wednesday night. Fredericks scored 20 points with nine rebounds against the Phoenix, then followed that with a 22-point, 12-rebound performance in a 92-74 Motlow win over Volunteer State Saturday in Gallatin. Jeff Reed Photography.

Bucks sweep conference road trip, host home opener Wednesday night

Nov. 13, 2017

Sophomores Isaiah Hart, Rashawn Fredericks and Dillon Smith combined for 119 points, 34 rebounds, nine assists and 10 steals to lead the Motlow Bucks to a pair of Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) road wins as they opened conference play this past weekend.

The Bucks (4-1, 2-0) traveled to Jackson and beat Jackson State 86-70 Friday night, then followed that with a thrilling 99-95 win over Columbia State Saturday afternoon in Columbia. Motlow, ranked No. 9 in the nation in the NJCAA preseason poll, will play its first home game Wednesday night, hosting the Cumberland University JV team at 7:30 p.m. at Copperweld Arena. There is no admission charge.

Hart led the scoring Friday night with 22 points, shooting 6-11 from the field and 7-8 from the free throw line, while adding a pair of steals and two rebounds. The Bucks led by only three points, 36-33, at the half, but started the second half strong and pulled away from the Generals.

Fredericks, who averaged a double-double last season and is on almost the exact same pace, scored 13 points with 13 rebounds. Freshman Derrick Rayford came off the bench to score 11 and led the team with three assists, and Smith scored nine points. Sophomore Kevonte Corley added nine points and seven rebounds.

Saturday's contest in Columbia was considerably more competitive. The Bucks started fast once again, led by three pointers from Hart and Smith, jumping out to a 22-16 lead midway through the first half. Columbia surged as the first half ended, taking their first lead with one minute remaining, but the Bucks went into the locker room leading 43-42.

The second half began like the first half ended, with Motlow leading by only one point, 62-61, with 12 minutes to play. The Bucks then went on a 15-6 run during the next four minutes, keyed by three pointers from Hart and Fredericks, and the Chargers got no closer than the final four point margin.

Hart scored 31 points on 8-14 shooting, including 5-8 from the three point line, and connected on all 10 of his free throws. The dynamic Murfreesboro native added six assists, four rebounds and three steals.

Fredericks scored 24 with 10 rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots before fouling out with four minutes remaining. Smith, who is averaging 15 points and almost five rebounds per game, scored 20 points on 5-7 three-point shooting, adding four rebounds and two assists.

Leo Castillo played critical minutes for Motlow off the bench, scoring 12 and adding three steals. It was Castillo in the final minutes who had a pair of steals and led the Bucks to fast break baskets, keeping the home team chasing Motlow despite the loss of Fredericks, Corley and David Fraser, who each fouled out.

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Motlow sophomore Rashawn Fredericks (10 in white) battles for a rebound during the Bucks' 99-95 win over Columbia State in Columbia Saturday. Motlow will play its first home game Wednesday, when it hosts the Cumberland University JV at 7:30 p.m. in Copperweld Arena. Motlow State photo.

Motlow Bucks take 2-1 record into TCCAA opener Friday at Jackson State

Nov. 6, 2017

After earning a split at the Quality Inn Classic in Niceville, Fla., the Motlow Bucks will open Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) play when they travel to Jackson to face the Jackson State Generals on Friday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. The game will follow the women's opener, scheduled to tip off at 5:30 p.m.

The Bucks (2-1) cruised in their first game in Niceville Friday night, handing Lincoln Trail, Illinois, a 95-48 defeat. Saturday the Bucks, ranked No. 9 in the preseason National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll, dropped an 81-64 decision to the host team, Northwest Florida State, ranked No. 2 in the preseason. Motlow opened the 2017-18 campaign with a 79-60 win over No. 18 Georgia Highlands last Wednesday.

Isaiah Hart led four double-digit scorers with 21 points against Lincoln Trail. Hart connected on 5-6 three-point shots and 7-10 shots from the field. The Murfreesboro sophomore also added three rebounds, four assists and three steals.

All 14 players who dressed got into the scorebook as the Bucks surged to a 48-22 halftime lead. Motlow shot 51.4 percent from the floor, including 44.8 percent from behind the three point line and connecting on all six of its free throw attempts.

Derrick Rayford scored 13 and added three assists and two steals, Rashawn Fredericks scored 10 with eight rebounds and three blocked shots, and Leo Castillo added 10 points on 4-5 shooting and had three boards and two steals.

Dillon Smith led the Bucks in rebounding with 10 and added eight points, three assists and two steals. Nick Marshall scored six points and had nine rebounds, David Fraser had five points with four rebounds, and Zaire Swaby added four points and blocked three shots with three boards.

On Saturday, the Bucks faced one of the nation's most established powerhouse programs in Northwest Florida State. The Raiders could hardly miss as they opened the first half by hitting 11-14 three pointers on their way to a commanding 51-24 halftime advantage. The Bucks hit just 9-26 shots in the first half, although a better second half left them with a 37.9 shooting percentage for the contest.

Smith, who has been Motlow's most consistent scorer in the first week of the season, connected on 5-8 three pointers and 7-12 shots to lead the Motlow scoring with 19 points and three steals. Rayford added 17 points and hit 3-4 from three point range, while Fredericks had nine points and led the Bucks with five rebounds.

Hard dished out eight assists, with Kevonte Corley adding three, but the Bucks only tallied 13 assists for the game. Motlow ended up shooting 37 percent from three-point range and shot 62.5 percent from the free throw line.

After their trip to Jackson Friday night, the Bucks and Lady Bucks will head to Columbia, where they will face Columbia State on Saturday. The women’s game is scheduled to tip off at 2 p.m. with the men to follow.

Both Motlow teams will play their home opener Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Copperweld Arena. The Lady Bucks will host the Martin Methodist College JV at 5:30 p.m., and the men will host the Cumberland University JV at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free to all Motlow athletic contests on the Moore County campus.

Isaiah Hart
Motlow sophomore Isaiah Hart totaled 23 points, six rebounds, 12 assists and four steals as the Bucks split a pair of contests at the Quality Inn Classic in Niceville, Florida, over the weekend. Hart, from Murfreesboro, and the Bucks will open conference play when they travel to Jackson to face Jackson State Friday. Motlow will play its first home game Nov. 15, with the women tipping off at 5:30 p.m. and the men at 7:30 at Copperweld Arena. Jeff Reed Photography.

No. 9-ranked Bucks open basketball season with win over No. 18 Georgia Highlands

Nov. 2, 2017

Sophomore Dillon Smith scored 19 points to lead four double-digit scorers as the Motlow Bucks, ranked No. 9 in the nation in the NJCAA preseason poll, opened the 2017-18 basketball season with a 79-60 win over No. 18 Georgia Highlands in Rome, Georgia, Wednesday night.

Motlow (1-0) will travel to Niceville, Florida, for a pair of games this weekend. The Bucks play Lincoln Trail, Illinois, Friday at 4:30 p.m., then take on the host school Northwest Florida State, ranked No. 2 in the nation, Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m.

The Bucks and Chargers each started slow in their season opener before Motlow's Nick Marshall opened the scoring with a slam dunk two minutes into the contest. The Bucks led the entire game, with Smith and Isaiah Hart jump-starting the offense with first-half three pointers.

Motlow led 15-6 with 13 minutes left in the first half, increased that lead to as much as 13 points before the Chargers cut it to seven, 30-23, with two minutes remaining in the half, then closed out the final two minutes on a 10-6 run to lead 40-29 at intermission.

When the second half opened the Bucks picked right back up where they had left off, increasing their lead to 51-36 in the first three minutes. Georgia Highlands never got closer than nine points after the intermission, and Motlow's lead stretched as high as 21 with four minutes to play.

Smith had a team-high 19 points along with seven rebounds and two steals, while Hart had 13 points and four assists. Rashawn Fredericks and Nick Marshall each had 10 points, with Fredericks grabbing seven rebounds and Marshall pulling down six boards.

Also getting into the scoring column for the Bucks were Kevonte Corley with six, Kin Webster with five, Derrick Rayford and David Fraser with four each, Leo Castillo with three, and Anthony Yarbrough and Chad Emmons each scored two.

Fraser led the Bucks with nine rebounds and four steals, while Hart's four assists were a team high. Motlow shot 35 percent from the floor, including 29 percent from three-point range, and hit 18-28 free throws.

Following their Florida trip the Bucks will join the Lady Bucks in opening the TCCAA conference season with a trip to Jackson State on Friday, Nov. 10. The following day Motlow will play at Columbia State.

The first home game for both Motlow teams is Wednesday, Nov. 15. The Bucks will host the Cumberland University JV, while the Lady Bucks host the Martin Methodist JV. Tipoff for the women's game is 5:30 p.m., with the men to follow, and a tailgate party will be held in front of Nisbett Center prior to the contest. Free food and fun will be available at the tailgate party, which is being organized by the office of Student Services and the Student Government Association.

Motlow Bucks open state title defense with experience, depth, and expectations

Oct. 19, 2017

With eight players returning from last year's roster, a first-year head coach, and fresh off the greatest season in school history, the Motlow Bucks head into the 2017-18 season with experience, depth, and perhaps the highest expectations of any team in recent memory.

The Bucks will open this year's basketball campaign Wednesday, Nov. 1, when they travel to Rome, Ga., to face Georgia Highlands. The two schools last met on Mar. 22, at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., with Motlow edging out a 70-69 decision that advanced the Bucks into the final eight. Georgia Highlands will return the trip when it comes to Copperweld Arena on Nov. 29 at 6 p.m.

Motlow is coming off a season that saw the program achieve a number of all-time school records, including the most wins (30) and the first trip to the final eight at the national tournament. In addition, the Bucks won the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) regular season and tournament titles. The conference sweep was the fourth in history for the program, with regular season and conference tournament titles also coming in 1972-73, 1983-84, and 2012-13.

Head Coach Arthur Latham takes over the program after former coach J.T. Burton departed in April to become an assistant coach at Morehead State University. Latham has been Burton's top assistant for the past two years, helping the Bucks compile a 55-13 record over that span, the best two-year record in Motlow history. Latham retains Zach Holt, who has also been with the Bucks the past two seasons, as his top assistant coach and brings in Nick Porter from Springfield, Ky., as his second assistant.

Latham and his staff have an outstanding nucleus to build around, including a trio of returning sophomores who earned extensive accolades last year. Add in the other five returnees, six talented freshmen, and a transfer who came out of high school as one of the top 55 players in the nation, and it's easy to see why excitement is high around Motlow's four campuses.

The group is led by second-team All-American Javion Hamlet, who led the nation with an average of 8.4 assists per game and paced the Bucks in scoring at 15.6 points per contest. Hamlet, a 6-4 southpaw guard from Memphis, was also named MVP of the conference tournament and first-team all-conference.

Joining Hamlet with multiple accolades is Rashawn Fredericks, a 6-6 guard from Tampa who averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds per game last year, one of just a handful of Motlow players to ever achieve a double-double average for a season. Fredericks was the TCCAA Freshman of the Year and joined Hamlet as first-team all-conference for both the regular season and postseason tournament. Fredericks also played for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team during the summer.

Murfreesboro native Isaiah Hart was the third Buck that garnered individual awards last year. At 6-2, Hart showed amazing quickness in setting a new single-season Motlow record with 125 steals, including a record 10 in one game. Hart was named second-team all-conference for the regular season, then earned first-team conference all-tournament and was the only Buck named to the NJCAA all-tournament team.

Chad Emmons, a 6-8 forward from Kentucky and Dillon Smith, a 6-2 guard from Lexington, Tenn., also return after playing significant minutes last season. Smith played in all 36 games, starting nine, and averaged 6.1 points, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 36 percent from three-point range. Emmons saw action in 28 contests, averaging 2.6 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.

Leonardo Castillo, Jr., from the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Kindravious Webster, from Nashville, each sat through a redshirt season last year. Both stand 6-4, and both will be counted on to be significant contributors during the coming campaign.

Headlining the newcomers is 6-11 post player Nick Marshall, who originally signed with the University of Memphis coming out of high school in 2015. Marshall, who was ranked as the No. 55 player in the nation at the time by one recruiting service, played one year at Memphis before sitting out last season. Joining Marshall on the transfer list is David Fraser, a 6-6 forward who played with Marshall and Smith at Lexington High School.

Additional freshmen joining the Bucks are out-of-state recruits Derrick Rayford from Toledo, Ohio; Zaire Swaby from Brooklyn New York; and Joshuel Hernandez from San Juan, Puerto Rico. In-state freshmen newcomers are Anthony Yarbrough from Memphis, Hayden Edmundson from Shelbyville, Justin Hill from Bartlett, and Joelah Solomon from McMinnville.

Motlow's first home game is Nov. 15, when the Bucks host the Cumberland University JV for a 7:30 p.m. contest. Cumberland is coached by former Motlow head coach Lonnie Thompson. TCCAA conference play begins Nov. 10 for Motlow with a trip to Jackson State, followed the next day by a contest at Columbia State. The first home conference weekend is Dec. 1 and 2, when the Bucks will host Cleveland State Friday night and Chattanooga State Saturday afternoon.

2017-18 Motlow Men's Basketball Team
The Motlow Bucks will open the 2017-18 season Nov. 1 when they travel to Rome, Ga., to play Georgia Highlands. Seated, from left: Anthony Yarbrough, Dillon Smith, Javion Hamlet, Isaiah Hart, Leo Castillo, Rashawn Fredericks, Derrick Rayford, and Hayden Edmundson. Standing, from left: Head Coach Art Latham, Joelah Solomon, Kin Webster, Kevonte Corley, David Fraser, Nick Marshall, Zaire Swaby, Chad Emmons, Justin Hill, Assistant Coach Nick Porter, and Assistant Coach Zach Holt. Motlow State Photo.

Motlow Bucks basketball schedule opens with national tournament rematch

Sept. 20, 2017

The Motlow Bucks will begin defense of their Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) regular season championship when they travel to Jackson to face Jackson State on Friday, Nov. 10. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., or 20 minutes following the women's contest.

The TCCAA conference opener is just one highlight of Motlow's 2017-18 men's basketball schedule. JUCO basketball teams can begin official practice on Oct. 1, and the first game of the season can be played Nov. 1.

The Bucks, who also won the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament title and advanced to the national tournament final eight, are expected to be ranked among the top teams in the nation when polls are released in late October.

Unlike previous seasons, when the Bucks tended to open the season against an area JV squad, Motlow has scheduled an NJCAA tournament rematch against Georgia Highlands, who the Bucks beat 70-69 last March to advance to the final eight, to open the year. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Rome, Georgia. The two teams will play again at Motlow's Copperweld Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 29, with a 6 p.m. scheduled start.

Motlow's men will only play four home games before the holiday break, then turn around and play eight after the break, with all but one of them being a TCCAA conference game. The first home contest comes Nov. 15, when the Bucks host the Cumberland University JV, coached by former Motlow head coach Lonnie Thompson, for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.

The first TCCAA conference home game doesn't come until Dec. 1, when Cleveland State visits Copperweld Arena at 7:30 p.m. The following day, Chattanooga State will play the Bucks at 4 p.m. on Motlow's home floor in Moore County.

The Bucks, under first-year Head Coach Arthur Latham, have an ambitious scrimmage schedule in place, although scrimmage dates can sometimes change with little notice. The Bucks, who feature returning All-American Javion Hamlet and TCCAA Freshman of the Year Rashawn Fredericks, will play scrimmage games in Orlando and Atlanta in October against some of the nation's top programs.

Motlow will also make a return trip to Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, where they went early last season and jumpstarted themselves to an outstanding 30-6 record. The trip is scheduled for Nov. 3 & 4, sandwiched in between the opener at Georgia Highlands and the conference opener at Jackson State.

The TCCAA alternates playing men's and women's games first on conference doubleheader dates. This coming season the women will play first through December, with the men playing first after the new year begins.

Javion Hamlet
The Motlow Bucks will look to sophomore Javion Hamlet for leadership when they open the 2017-18 basketball season Nov. 1 at Georgia Highlands near Atlanta. Hamlet was a second team All-American last season, averaging 15.6 points and leading the nation averaging 8.4 assists per game. Hamlet, who played his prep basketball at Whitehaven in Memphis, was also named the Most Valuable Player of the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

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.

Arthur Latham
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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