NACOGDOCHES, TX (Press Release)- The roster for the 2016-17 edition of the Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball team continued to grow on Tuesday afternoon when head coach Kyle Keller announced the addition of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., junior Josh Huntley to the ‘Jacks ranks.
Formerly of San Jacinto College by way of Santa Fe College, Huntley adds a 6’7 frame to the SFA front court and is the second player from the state of Florida who will occupy a spot on the ‘Jacks 2016-17 roster.
“I love being in east Texas and after I finished up at San Jacinto I had a couple of great talks with coach Keller and he showed me how great the program at Stephen F. Austin was,” Huntley said. “The program there has been successful because of their toughness and I feel that I can bring that same grit and grind to the table.”
Huntley is the second NJCAA Region XIV recruit roped in by Keller for his inaugural 2016-17 season at the helm of SFA.
“To add someone like Josh who is from a tremendously successful and tradition-rich program like San Jacinto this late in the game is a testament to our coaching staff and the tireless work they put in to find the best players available to fill the needs of our team,” Keller said. “Josh comes battle-tested from the premier junior college basketball league in the country and has shown improvement year by year.
“He fills a great need for us in that he’s a low-post, physical presence that also has the ability to step out and make the 15-foot jumper. He knows who he is and has shown improvement year by year for a guy who hasn’t been playing organized basketball that long. We feel that his best days are ahead of him.”
Josh Huntley • Jr. • Forward • 6-7 • 220 • Lauderdale Lakes, Fla./San Jacinto College/Santa Fe College/Deerfield Beach HS
A well-traveled junior college player, Huntley added the newest file to his on-court body of work by serving as an efficient low post threat at for a 22-10 San Jacinto College squad in 2015-16. One of only three players to play in all 32 of the Ravens’ tilts last season, Huntley averaged 10.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game to help SJC on a run to the NJCAA Region XIV Tournament where they bowed out in the second round to eventual NJCAA National Tournament semifinalist Trinity Valley Community College.
Huntley concluded his sophomore season with six double-double performances and hauled down a career-best 16 rebounds in the Ravens’ season-ending setback to TVCC. He traveled to SJC following a freshman season in Gainesville, Fla., in which he suited up for Santa Fe College. During his first collegiate season, the forward saw time in 27 games and averaged 3.3 points and 3.7 rebounds for a 2013-14 Saints’ team that went 22-9.
What They’re Saying About Huntley
Scott Gernander • San Jacinto College head coach | For us, Josh was a true blue-collar guy who gave our team consistency. Some players are emotional and tend to allow those ups and downs dictate the way they play, but Josh was always even-keeled and didn’t allow himself to get too high or too low. At 6’7 he may be a little undersized in his position, but that has driven him to play harder and be a little craftier when it comes to scoring and rebounding. He’s a stand-up young man who always says and does the right things.