Along with Monroe, Southern Idaho and South Plains, Northwest Florida State is considered a favorite to take home the NJCAA Division I championship. Ranked No. 2 in the polls, Northwest Florida State had a fantastic year with tons of scholarship talent.
Chris Jones (5'10", G, frosh, Memphis, Tenn.): Jones, a Top 100 recruit who had committed to Tennessee before academic issues forced him to go JUCO, is widely considered to be the top player in the JUCO ranks this year. Being only a freshman, there is a strong possibility that Jones will stay another year in JUCO to work on his game and get his degree. But averaging 18 ppg for the No. 2 team in the country makes him a 4-star recruit on Rivals.com who will get interest from just about all of the big schools.
Trency Jackson (6'2", frosh, Jackson, Miss.): Jackson may not be quite as productive a scorer as Chris Jones, but due to his added size he is viewed as just as good a prospect at the next level. Jackson committed to USC out of high school, but ended up at Southern Miss., where he left after his freshman year. He now has offers from several major programs like Colorado, Cincinnati, Marquette, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Purdue and Virginia Tech. Pittsburgh has shown possibly the most interest as the Panthers try to fill the void that will be left by Ashton Gibbs.
COMMIT: Texas Tech
Rod Rucker (6'5", G, soph., Elberton, Ga.): Rucker is the team's second-leading scorer,who is a tremendously gifted athlete from the wing position. He recently visited Loyola (IllinoisL) of the Horizon League, which appears to be the favorite. Other schools like UALR, East Tennessee State, UAB and Western Kentucky are interested in his services as well.
Neiko Hunter (6'7", F, soph., Eutaw, Ala.): Hunter was a decent recruit coming out of high school who had offers from Georgia State and Southern Miss before opting to go the JUCO route. He is now being recruited by similar-level schools such as Middle Tennessee State, UL-Lafayette, South Alabama, Jacksonville and Southern Miss.
COMMIT: Middle Tennessee State
Demetrius Moore (6'8", F, soph., Paxton, Fla.): Moore is an athletic post with a lot of upside who committed to Louisiana Tech over Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Troy in September.
COMMIT: Louisiana Tech
Chad Donley (6'1", G, soph., Baker, Fla.): Donley is another role player ho committed to a Division I program before the start of the season. Donley is headed to Liberty, which he chose over an offer from UL-Monroe.