Pace thriller, region title biggest moments of Khavon Moore’s junior year
The sports world provides non-stop action that can be hard to keep up with at times. We have rounded up some of the big stories over the last week to catch you up.
Here are the top three stories that you need to know.
1. Could Westside standout come back to Macon?
Westside standout Khavon Moore selected Texas Tech over Oklahoma and his hometown Mercer Bears last year.
Last week, Moore announced on Twitter that he would be looking to transfer due to family obligations.
This could be a situation to watch for Mercer fans — it’s possible he could again look at joining the Bears basketball team.
Moore was an ESPN top 50 recruit in the country and was highly coveted by a number of teams. He’s also suffered a number of injuries.
He played just two minutes last season at Texas Tech. If he is healthy and is eligible to play right away then he could be a game changer for the program he selects.
2. Mercer Basketball continues overhaul
The transfer portal has been flooded with Mercer Bears players. So far, five players have announced on Twitter that they are entering the transfer portal — Fardaws Aimaq, DJ Peavy, Marcus Cohen, CJ Williamson and Brandon Thomas.
The announcements don’t come as a huge surprise — this happens when a new coach is hired.
Aimaq and Cohen played solid minutes for the team last season, and Williamson saw an uptick in minutes toward the end of the season.
New head coach Greg Gary wasted no time in adding his some of his own players to the roster.
Kamar Robertson, a point guard out of Alpharetta, announced on Twitter that he had received an offer from Mercer and announced he was committing the next day. He had previously received an offer from the University of Georgia while Mark Fox was still the head coach. It is unclear of that offer was still on the table when Tom Crean took over last season.
Neftali Alvarez will transfer in from Fairfield and could be a key player right away. He averaged 11 points and 3 assists last season with the Stags, including a career-high 23 points against New Hampshire. He had many suitors when coming out of Miami Christian, including Florida Gulf Coast, Virginia and Purdue.
Another former Miami Christian point guard also committed to Mercer. Diego Rivera, who helped his high school win back-to-back titles in 2017 and 2018, will be coming to Macon next season. He averaged over 20 points a game during his senior season, including a game where he dropped 76 points going 30-44 from the field with 14 three-point shots. He could provide a big spark to an offense that struggled last season with scoreless droughts in the middle of the game.
Gary also announced his coaching staff for next season.
Bobby Kummer from Lamar, Kim Lewis from Richmond, Juan Cardona from Miami Christian and D.J Byrd from Purdue were all named to the staff. Byrd will be the Director of Basketball Operations, according to the Mercer press release.
3. Jones County officially lands Mike Chastain
The Telegraph reported last week that Chastain would be the next head coach. pending the board meeting on Friday to approve the hire.
The Jones County school board did go on to approve the hiring of the former Warner Robins head coach.
He replaced Justin Rogers who is headed to Colquitt County to replace Rush Propst. During his time at Warner Robins he went 29-12.
Chastain leaves a void at the head coaching position for the Demons, who are coming off of back-to-back state title appearances.