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Brewton-Parker Men’s Basketball Signs Eight

Xavier Perkins signs with BPC
Coach John Jones signs Division 1 transfer Xavier Perkins at his home in Boca Raton, Fla.

MOUNT VERNON—Brewton-Parker College Head Men’s Basketball Coach John D. Jones has announced the signing of eight new players to the 2010-2011 men’s basketball team. There are three NCAA transfers, three Junior college transfers, one NAIA transfer and one incoming freshman from high school. All eight players will be looked upon to make an immediate impact.

JJ Thatcher and John Jones, Men's Basketball coaches
JJ Thatcher, left, assistant men’s basketball coach, and John John, head coach of the Barons Basketball team, gear up for a new season with eight new recruits. (Photo by Kelley M. Arnold)

“Our staff has worked tirelessly to bring in a class that will elevate our program to new heights,” said Jones. “My assistant coaches, led by the efforts of JJ Thatcher, have done a great job of helping me procure a group of very talented and highly-touted student-athletes.”

Highlighting the class is 6’5/230 junior college transfer Gerald Kohn of St. Johns River C.C.; 6’4/225 forward Xavier Perkins who is a NCAA Division1 transfer from Florida Atlantic University, and 7’0/225 center Mutombo Yombo from Congo Africa, who last played at St. Catherine’s University.

Another need was filling the void left by the graduation of SSAC all-conference point guard Brandon Barron.  Barron topped the SSAC in assists and was second nationally, so addressing this area was a major priority.  In April, Brewton-Parker received a commitment from Cory Carden a 5’11 point guard from Clearwater High School in Clearwater, FL.  Then last week, Jones shored up the position by adding 5’11 point guard Delano Howard, a junior college transfer from Atlanta, GA. 

Delano Howard
Delano Howard

The Barons also brought in two NCAA Division 2 transfers from two powerhouse conferences.  Peach Belt transfer Darrie Stephens from Cairo, GA is a 6’7 redshirt freshman from Georgia College and State University.  The other transfer, Marcus Morrison, comes from Sunshine State Conference member University of Tampa. The class is rounded out by 6’5/225 center Lawrence McCray from Jacksonville, FL (St. Johns River C.C.).

More about the new recruits

Gerald Kohn (St. Johns River C.C.) is a 6’5/230 highly skilled player who can score at will. He has a high IQ of the game and is versatile enough to play multiple positions.  With his size and power he can post up smaller players down low, or move out to the perimeter and take bigger guys off the dribble.  For this reason, Kohn will be a difficult match-up to defend.  Gerald played his last two seasons at St. Johns River CC for Coach Buster Harvey, where he was 1st Team All-Mid Florida Conference with 15ppg.  In 2006, he was the 1A Player of the Year in Florida for Coach Grayson Marshall at Potters House Christian Academy, where he averaged 23ppg, 5rpg, and 2apg.  Kohn, who red-shirted for the Barons last season while working to get eligible, will have one year of eligibility remaining. 

Xavier Perkins (Florida Atlantic) is a 6’4/225 guard/forward who was can score, rebound, and dish out the assist. He is very strong and athletic and possesses a high basketball IQ.  Xavier is also known for his outstanding leadership qualities, on and off the court. While at FAU, Head coach Mike Jarvis called him the best player on the team due to his versatility of playing four positions on the floor. Perkins led the team in scoring with 12ppg, 6rpg, and 2apg.   Xavier played high school basketball at Saint Andrews High School (Boca Raton, FL) leading them to the 3A state title game with a record of 29-2 in 2006.  He was ranked as the 12th best player in the state of Florida ( and named a 3A 1st team All-state player by the Florida Sportswriters Association.  He has two years of eligibility remaining. 

Mutombo Yombo signs with BPC
Coach John Jones with 7' center Mutombo Yombo of Congo, Africa.

Mutombo Yombo (St. Catherine’s) is a 7’0/225 center from the Congo in West Africa.  Coming to Brewton-Parker this past January, he will provide the Barons with an inside presence who can score.  Mutombo runs the floor very well for a big man and can finish shots around the basket.  He is an active and intelligent defender who uses his length to change shots.   He continues Coach Jones’ long tradition of coaching impact players from Africa.  Others have included Peter Aluma, Oloyede Olumide, Eyo Effiong, and Mufutau Ibrahim.

Delano Howard (North Platte C.C.) is a 5’11 point guard from Atlanta, GA. Delano is a very smart PG with a good IQ and outstanding leadership ability.  He can handle the ball very well and is an excellent decision maker off the dribble.  Coming out of South Gwinnett High School where he played with Louis William (currently of the Philadelphia 76ers), Delano was ranked as one of the top point guard prospects in Georgia by  He signed a division 1 scholarship with Georgia State, but did not qualify.

He spent his freshman year at Angelina CC (TX) before transferring to North Platte CC in Nebraska for his sophomore campaign.  He has two years of eligibility remaining.

Cory Carden
Cory Carden signs to play BPC basketball while his family and Coach John Jones, left, looks on.

Cory Carden (Clearwater High School) is a 5’11 freshman point guard from Clearwater, FL where he played for his father, Coach Allen Carden.  Cory is one of the most mature and efficient point guards in Florida.  He understands how to run a team, and does so while making very few mistakes.  Carden led his team to the state championship game as a junior.  He was a 1st team all-conference choice in Pinellas County while playing alongside Okura White, who is heading to Florida State.

Marcus Morrison (University of Tampa) is a 6’7 forward from Tampa, Florida.  He is a very athletic player who plays above the rim and gets up and down the floor. Morrison is an outstanding shot blocker for a wing player.  He is long, lanky and active which makes him a tough defender and rebounder.  Marcus was ranked 64th in the nation in block shots per game in the 2009-2010 season.  He also averaged 7ppg and 4rpg for UT. Morrison played high school basketball at Brandon High School, averaging 16ppg, 10rpg, 2bpg while making the all-state tournament team.

Darrie Stephens (GCSU) 6’7 forward from Cairo, GA spent last season at Georgia College and State University where he was a redshirt freshman. Darrie is an extremely athletic and versatile player who does the little things to help his team win.  He is an aggressive screener and rebounder who can shoot the three and handle the ball.  Darrie played at Cairo High School in southwest Georgia.

Lawrence McCray (St. Johns River C.C.) is a 6’5/230 undersized post player.  He is a deluxe athlete who can play and finish above the rim.  Lawrence uses his body very well to create scoring opportunities for himself.  He played at Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Updated on: July 28, 2010 3:13 PM