FORT MYERS, Fla. – Sophomores Tremell Murphy, Tyler Cheese and ShanQuan Hemphill have been named to LineageOfChampions.com’s 2018 Florida Junior College Top 40 Player Rankings.
Murphy is ranked No. 1, while Cheese and Hemphill are ranked No. 7 and No. 13, respectively. The Buccaneer trio, who were all 2017 Mullen’s JC Top 100 Camp invitees, are three of five players from the Suncoast Conference that were honored by the outlet.
Murphy, who was named to Street & Smith's 2017 College Basketball Preview magazine's JUCO Super Sophomore Fourth Team, is averaging 16.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest this season. The Griffith, Ind. native is also shooting 54.1 percent from the floor and a team-best 38.5 percent from long range.
Last season, Murphy scored in double figures 22 times, including scoring a career-high 33 points (13-of-21 shooting from the field and 7-of-11 from the charity stripe) at Miami Dade (Nov. 18). Murphy also pulled down double-digit rebounds on nine occasions and registered six double-doubles on the season. He ranked second on the team with 13.6 points per game and led the team with 7.1 rebounds per contest, en route to earning Suncoast Conference All-Conference First Team honors.
Cheese is averaging 17.0 points (team-best), 7.1 assists (team-best), 5.1 rebounds and 2.4 steals, while shooting 51.2 percent from the floor and 82.1 percent from the charity stripe for the Buccaneers this season. He currently ranks 13th in the nation in assists per game and 34th in steals per contest. Cheese has scored in double figures in 10 of the 14 games he’s played in this year, highlighted by a triple-double recorded in FSW’s 119-104 double overtime win over IMG on Friday (Jan. 5). He finished with 40 points, 15 rebounds and 14 assists to record his first career triple-double and also the first triple-double in FSW history. He shot 13-of-27 from the field and knocked down 13-of-15 shots from the charity stripe.
Cheese led the Purple and Aqua in three-point percentage (34.3 percent) and knocked down 49 triples to rank second on the team in 2016-17. The Albany, Ga. Product finished his rookie campaign with averages of 10.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists. Cheese scored in double figures 16 times, highlighted by a 29-point performance against Polk State on Feb. 27. Cheese made a three-pointer in 24 contests and had 12 games where he knocked down multiple triples.
Hemphill is averaging 14.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest this season. The high-flying Gary, Ind. native is also shooting a team-high 61.5 percent from the floor and has scored in double figures in 12 of 17 games this season.
In 2016-17, Hemphill was FSW’s fourth leading scorer (11.7 ppg) and averaged 5.3 rebounds per games. Hemphill led the Bucs in field goal percentage, shooting 140-of-242 from the field (57.9 percent). His field goal percentage improved during conference play, as he shot 61.0 percent (50-of-82). He scored in double figures 21 times during the season, including scoring a season-high 22 points (8-of-9 shooting from the field and 6-of-10 from the charity stripe) at Miami Dade (Nov. 18).
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SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION ARENA
The Buccaneers compete in the brand new Suncoast Credit Union Arena. Suncoast Credit Union Arena is approximately 75,000 square feet and is home to the FSW basketball teams and a student athletic center. The arena seats approximately 3,300 fans and includes six skyboxes, a hospitality event center, competition courts that convert into recreational courts, athletic office space, student, faculty and staff wellness, and an athletic center with a fitness pavilion, men's and women's locker rooms and a weight training area. The arena has two Daktronics displays, on the north and south walls, that each measure 10 feet high by 20 feet wide. Both displays incorporate variable content zoning to each show one large image or they can be divided into multiple windows to show any variety of live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics and animations, and sponsorship messages. One-hundred feet of ribbon displays have been installed on the east and west walls of the arena. The ribbons provide the opportunity to supplement the content on the main displays as well as highlight sponsors throughout events.
The Florida SouthWestern State College athletic program is a member of the Florida College System Athletic Association (FCSAA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The Buccaneers are one of 25 schools in the NJCAA Region 8 and are one of six schools in the Suncoast Conference. Florida SouthWestern State College currently supports four intercollegiate athletic programs (Baseball, Softball, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball).
Baseball and Softball began their regular season competition in 2016 at the City of Palms Park in Fort Myers. Located on the Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus in Fort Myers is the brand new Suncoast Credit Union Arena (completed in fall 2016), where FSW’s men’s and women’s basketball teams compete.
The movement to form a unique sports association dedicated to America’s two-year colleges arose in 1937 when several track and field coaches gathered in Fresno, California. A year later, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rejected a petition from 13 two-year colleges in California to grant their teams and athletes permission to compete at the NCAA Track & Field Championships.
In the spring of 1938, following the NCAA’s rejection, those same 13 two-year colleges gathered again in Fresno to organize and form an association that would promote and supervise a national athletics program exclusively for junior and community colleges…and the rest is history.
On May 14, 1938, the first constitution of the National Junior College Athletic Association was accepted by its charter members and the organization held its first national championship event a year later in May 1939.
The NJCAA has played a vital role in collegiate athletics for the past eight decades and continues to be the leader in championing academic and athletic opportunities for student-athletes. This section of the association's website is dedicated to celebrating the NJCAA's rich history and tradition as the national governing body of two-year college athletics.
For more information on the NJCAA log on to www.NJCAA.org.
The Florida College System Activities Association, Incorporated (FCSAA) is a statewide non‑profit corporation regulating, coordinating, and promoting intercollegiate activities in: Athletics, Brain Bowl, Forensics, Music, Student Government, Student Publications, and Theatre.
Membership in the Florida College System Activities Association is open to any of the 28 colleges in the Florida College System. Each member institution is represented in the policy‑making deliberations of the Association through that institution's President or other designated representative. The institutional representatives constitute the FCSAA Presidents Assembly, the ultimate authority in FCSAA.
For more information on the FCSAA log on to www.TheFCSAA.com.
NJCAA REGION 8 & THE SUNCOAST CONFERENCE
Member colleges of the NJCAA are allotted to a specific NJCAA Region upon membership to the association. Unlike other collegiate organizations that defer to conference affiliation, the NJCAA guarantees each member college's membership within the regional structure of the association. In most cases, region assignment is based upon geographic location of the college.
The region structure of the NJCAA is the primary method used by all sponsored sports of the association in determining qualification for national championship tournaments. In certain sports, two or more regions are partnered to form a competition 'district', which is then used for national championship qualification. The organization of districts varies per sport and is formulated every two years under the authority of the association's board of directors.
FSW is in Region 8 and is joined by ASA College Miami (Region 8 only; non-FCSAA member), Broward College, Chipola College, College of Central Florida, Daytona State College, Eastern Florida State College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Gulf Coast State College, Hillsborough Community College, Indian River State College, Lake-Sumter State College, Miami Dade College, Northwest Florida State College, Palm Beach State College, Pasco-Hernando State College, Pensacola State College, Polk State College, Santa Fe College, Seminole State College of Florida, South Florida State College, St. Johns River State College, St. Petersburg College, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota and Tallahassee Community College.
The Bucs are also in the Suncoast Conference with Hillsborough Community College, Polk State College, South Florida State College, St. Petersburg College and State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota. The women’s basketball program is also in the Suncoast Conference, but with only three other teams (Hillsborough Community College, St. Petersburg College and Eastern Florida State College).
For more information on Region 8 log on to www.TheFCSAASports.com.