NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The NCAA Transfer Portal has not been good to SFA head Coach Kyle Keller.
Already loosing two players, freshman Jock Hughes and senior TJ Holyfield, SFA’s basketball roster took another hit on Thursday with freshman Mitch Seraille announcing he was leaving the program as well.
There was a lot of hype around Seraille and his former high school teammate Hughes when the two signed with SFA as seniors at basketball power Jack Yates High School. Seraille is the only four-star recruit to have ever signed with SFA.
His best offensive performance his freshman year was when he scored 13 points against Arlington Baptist. His best defensive output came in conference against Northwestern State in February when he pulled down 11 rebounds.
By the end of the year he was averaging just over 4 points a game and 4 rebounds a game. He was preceded in the decision to go to the transfer portal by Hughes who has announced he will play next at Prairie View A&M.
Holyfield, a standout for three seasons with SFA, sat out his senior year with a major shoulder injury. He elected to transfer as a graduate. He has narrowed his choices down to Illinois, Texas Tech, Kansas, Miami and Oregon.
The team is also loosing Devonte Fitzgerald, Shannon Bogues and Jovan Grujic to graduation. Aaron Augustine and Karl Nicholas left the team before the season ended. The future of Kevon Harris is also up in the air. Harris is using a new rule to his advantage and as a junior has elected to test the waters of the NBA Draft. he could however return to SFA and not loose eligibility.
Keller does have a strong recruiting class coming in to help fill some of the void. Keller is bringing in eight new faces with six of those being junior college transfers.
SFA Press Release on National Signings:
The SFA men's basketball began the spring signing period in impressive fashion as head coach Kyle Keller - who will begin his fourth season at the helm of the Lumberjacks in 2019-20 - announced the addition of eight student-athletes who signed National Letters of Intent to play for the 'Jacks' next season.
That group of eight individuals includes six junior college transfers and two true freshmen. They will join the duo of Tylan Pope and Sama'Zha Hart as part of SFA's 10-man group of newcomers for the 2019-20 season. Five of the eight players who put pen to paper during the spring signing period played either high school or junior college basketball in the state of Texas. In all, a total of six different states and two different countries are represented in the eight-man spring class.
"I couldn't be more excited to announce this spring recruiting class," commented Keller. "Our entire coaching staff worked tirelessly and did a fantastic job identifying special young men that have won many championships through their respective careers. Each of these young men are uniquely different to one another in their talents but share in the vision of what the expectations are of being a Lumberjack. The staff and I are very anxious about the opportunity to start working with this group plus our returning lettermen on a daily basis in the near future."
Demiere Brown | Jr. | G | 6-5 | 220 | Powder Springs, Ga. | North Cobb Christian School/Kilgore College• Upon finishing his career at North Cobb Christian School, Brown saw his stock rise greatly and was eventually ranked as the 19th-best prep player in the state of Georgia following the 2016-17 academic year. • That status helped Brown land in the Lone Star State where he spent the first two seasons of his collegiate career playing for Kilgore College.• Enhancing all facets of his game during the Rangers' 2018-19 season, Brown represented the team's leading scorer (13.2 points) and rebounder (7.3 per game) while putting up shooting splits of .467/.254/.742. • In all, Brown netted 10 or more points in 25 of the Rangers' 31 games through the year and that culminated with a career-high 30 points in a March setback to Navarro College - a team that featured fellow spring 2019 SFA signee Gavin Kensmil. • For his efforts, Brown collected All-Region XIV Second Team honors as well as a spot on the All-Conference first team.
Charlie Daniels | Jr. | F | 6-9 | 230 | Jacksonville, Fla. | The Potter's House Christian Academy/Indian River CC• Size, length and a strong interior presence is what Daniels brings to the 'Jacks following his two-year junior college career at Indian River Community College.• One of the best interior threats boasted by the team during its 2018-19 campaign, Daniels poured in points at a rate of 10.6 per game while leading the team in field goal percentage with a mark of 59.1-percent. In each of the Pioneers' last eight games, Daniels registered 10 or more points. • Daniels' rebounding ability was unmatched among Indian River's ranks as he delivered a team-leading 7.3 rebounds per game and finished the year with a team-best five double-doubles.• Affectionately known as "Big Country" during his days at Indian River Community College, Daniels collected All-Southern Conference Second Team accolades following the conclusion of the Pioneers' 2018-19 campaign. • During his two-year career at IRCC, Daniels helped direct the Pioneers to a collective record of 43-19 (.694) as well as two appearances in the FCSAA Region 8 Championship Tournament.
Cameron Johnson | Jr. | G | 6-3 | 185 | Little Rock, Ark. | Little Rock Central HS/Tyler Junior College• A proven winner, Johnson had a major hand in helping Tyler Junior College rack up an enviable 49-14 (.778) record during his two-year stint at the institution. • After traveling to the Lone Star State following a fine prep career at Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., Johnson started his career at TJC by helping the squad go 26-7 while advancing to the opening round of the NJCAA National Championships in 2017-18. • Through Tyler Junior College's 2018-19 season, the Apaches relied heavily on Johnson and his team-leading scoring clip of 16.4 points per game. For the year Johnson also added 4.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. • Johnson tallied 22 games of 10 or more points which included 10 efforts of 20+ points. In his final game in a TJC uniform, Johnson poured in a career-best 33 points on 13-of-21 shooting in the Apaches' five-point setback to Trinity Valley Community College in the NJCAA Region XIV Tournament semifinals. • Following his fine sophomore season, Johnson earned spot on both the All-Conference Team as well as the NJCAA All-Region XIV squad. His finest individual accomplishment came later when the guard was named an Honorable Mention All-American by the NJCAA.
David Kachelries | Jr. | G | 6-1 | 170 | Emmaus, Pa. | Emmaus HS/NJIT/Mineral Area College• Following a one-year stint at the NCAA Division I level, Kachelries transferred to Mineral Area College in in Park Hills, Mo., to join up with the Cardinals for their 2018-19 campaign. • As the key cog in the Cardinals' lineup, Kachelries started 31 of the 32 games he took part in and finished the year ranked fourth on the squad in scoring at a clip of 12.9 points per game. • To go along with his scoring, Kachelries served as the Cardinals point guard and dished out assists at team-leading rate of 6.8 per game. • By helping lead the Cardinals to a 23-9 record, Kachelries earned First Team All-Conference and All-Region XVI First Team honors during his lone season at the institution. • As a prep player at Emmaus High School, Kachelries became the program's all-time leading scorer after pouring in 1,910 points through his high school career.
Gavin Kensmil | Jr. | F | 6-7 | 230 | Parmaribo, Suriname | Canarias Basketbal Academy/Iona/Navarro Junior College• Not only does the addition of Kensmil give the 'Jacks an added interior presence, it gives them yet another player with valuable NCAA Tournament experience. • As a freshman in 2017-18, Kensmil signed on with MAAC powerhouse Iona and helped the Gaels complete run through the MAAC Championship Tournament that culminated with an 83-71 over Fairfield to punch the Gaels' ticket to the 2018 NCAA Tournament. • Following his time in New York, Kensmil transferred to Navarro Junior College in Corsicana, Texas, and turned into a fearsome frontcourt threat for the Bulldogs. Through the 2018-19 season, Kensmil topped the team charts in scoring (14.5 points per game) and ranked second in rebounding (6.5 per game). • Kensmil slung in 20 or more points on six occasions and posted a season-high 31 points two times. Additionally, he finished with five double-doubles on the year. • While shooting 68.9-percent from the field, Kensmil helped the Bulldogs roll to a 25-7 record which included a 13-5 mark in Region XIV contests. With Kensmil aiding them, the Bulldogs captured the Region XIV East Zone regular season title and the number-one seed for the Region XIV Tournament. • After helping the Bulldogs reach the championship game of the Region XIV Tournament, Kensmil collected All-Region XIV East Zone Second Team laurels.
Kharee McDaniel | Fr. | G | 5-10 | 165 | Houston, Texas | Klein Forest HS• On the receiving end of one of Houston's most prestigious prep basketball awards, McDaniel brought home the Guy V. Lewis Award in March of 2019 after leading his Klein Forest Golden Eagles squad on an unforgettable run to the 6A state finals. • Previous winners of the Guy V. Lewis Award include the Sacramento Kings' De'Aaron Fox (formerly of Kentucky), the Miami Heat's Justice Winslow (formerly of Duke) and Quentin Grimes who played for Kansas this past season and recently declared for the NBA Draft. • The Guy V. Lewis Award was just one piece of an impressive collection of individual hardware brought home by McDaniel. Other accolades gathered up by McDaniel included Houston Chronicle Co-Player of the Year, District MVP, All-District First Team and a spot on the District All-Academic Team.• In Klein Forest's state title bout against Duncanville, McDaniel slung in four three-pointers en route to a team-high 18 points. • For the year, McDaniel averaged 18.4 points, 2.1 steals and 3.1 assists per game to help his squad win 25-straight games.
Calvin Solomon | Fr. | F | 6-6 | 190 | Houston, Texas | Klein Forest High School• While teamed with fellow 2019-20 SFA signee Kharee McDaniel at Klein Forest High School, Solomon helped his squad make a run at the 2019 6A state title.• The Golden Eagles reeled off 25 consecutive wins during Solomon's senior season - a streak that extended into Klein Forest High School's 6A state title game bout against Duncanville. • During that showdown, Solomon put forth a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double.• Through his senior year, Solomon averaged an impressive 16 points, 11 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. Those averaged helped Klein Forest win a total of 33 games through the 2018-19 campaign. • For his efforts, Solomon was named the Houston Chronicle Co-Player of the Year alongside McDaniel.
Roti Ware | Jr. | G | 6-2 | 175 | Morton, Miss. | Morton HS/East Central CC• Few NJCAA Division I players represented a bigger scoring threat than Ware did through his two seasons of deployment at East Central Community College.• Through the 2018-19 season, Ware wore out opposing defenses to the tune of a team-leading 19.7 points per game. His shooting splits of .489/.431/.919 helped the Morton, Miss., product lead his squad in field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage and free throw percentage in his farewell season. • Ware enjoyed 10 outings of 20 or more points through out the 2018-19 campaign, four of 30 or more points and a season and career-high 43-point outburst in a 96-79 triumph over Mississippi Delta Community College (Nov. 19, 2018).• Through the season, Ware was named MACJC Player of the Week three times. • In his inaugural season at East Central Community College, Ware also led the team in scoring at a clip of 16.3 points per game on a slightly lower shooting split of .459/.407/.874. Each of those percentage again led the team for the 2017-18 season. • Following his sophomore season, Ware latched onto a multitude of individual accolades including NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American, NJCAA All-Region 23 and MACJC First Team All-State South Division.