The KCC men’s basketball program will have a new look this season. First-year Head Coach Michael Brown has brought in student-athletes from five states, plus two international recruits.
“We targeted guys that were the right fit for our program and our institution,” Brown said. “It is a group that brings experience, work ethic, and a winning mentality. With continued hard work and playing together, we believe we will accomplish our goals this season.”
With the COVID eligibility rule, this year’s team will feature eight freshmen and four sophomores. There are three returners from last year’s team. Chris Roberts (6’0” guard, Chicago) is an explosive player who averaged 9.8 points and 3.1 rebounds while shooting 55% from the field last year. Kevin Vance (6’8” forward, Chicago Heights) is an extremely athletic player who will strengthen the interior. Robert Stroud (6’6” forward, Danville) is an athletic do-it-all forward who will help the Cavs again this season.
There are nine new faces to the Cavs roster.
Amiri Young (5’9” guard, Chicago), a transfer from Otero Junior College (Colorado), played two seasons ago at Daley College—also a Region IV school—where he averaged 21 points and 5 assists per game. James Franklin Jr. (6’5” guard; Murfreesboro, Tenn.) is an extremely athletic and versatile wing that averaged 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game last season playing at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. David Perkins (6’3” guard, Indianapolis) is a smooth multi-positional player who can affect the game in a variety of ways. Isaiah Placide (6’4” guard, Atlanta), a transfer from McLennan Community College, brings outside shooting and toughness to the program. Alex Stahl (6’5 forward, Sweden) brings a strong work ethic along with the ability to dribble, pass, and shoot. Jaylen Jennings (6’7” forward, Indianapolis) is an athletic combo forward who gives the team additional versatility with his ability to play inside and outside on the perimeter. Josh Holmes (6’2” guard, Chicago) is a combo guard who provides play making, shooting and defense. Jackson Bisungu (6’5” forward, United Kingdom) is an athletic combo forward who provides the Cavs with depth. Kason Williams (6’1” guard; Montgomery, Ala.) gives the team another option at the guard position with his ability to make plays for himself and others.
The 2021-22 schedule has the Cavs facing off against tough Region IV opponents as well as home-and-home matchups with Southeastern Iowa C.C., Indian Hills C.C., and Marshalltown C.C. from Region XI.
The coaching staff and players are excited about the upcoming season and hope that fans will come out and support the team.