Pandemic hasn’t stopped Jaguars from finding success in recruiting

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BATON ROUGE, La. – Recruiting is one thing COVID-19 didn’t negatively affect for Southern’s basketball teams. In fact, it helped the Jaguars sign better players, including former Dunham Tiger DeSean Woods. Despite losing the season, the coaches are making the most of the situation.

“We were lucky because I don’t think we could’ve done that good of a job if COVID wouldn’t have came. We were able to beat some people out that we weren’t supposed to, and it was a blessing so I’m looking forward to it,” Southern men’s basketball head coach Sean Woods said.

Woods was the only guard in the men’s signing class. The rest are forwards, including Samkelo Cele out of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and Andre Allen, formerly of Arizona State. The women’s team also added talent to replace their seniors.

“I think the two young ladies we have coming in. Jordan Aikens, she can shoot the basketball. She can step right in and fill that void that Jaden Towner left, and Tye Metcalf can also shoot the basketball,” women’s head coach Carlos Funchess furthered.

Although the Jags added key pieces to veteran rosters, Woods and Funchess can’t be hands on, of course due to the pandemic, and both coaches miss being around their players and guiding them on and off the court.

“We just want to try to get back to some normalcy and to be who we are. We’re educators, and for us, we’re looking forward to getting our players back so we can touch them and continue to mentor them,” Woods said.

“Now I just miss being with the kids, teaching them everyday about life as well as basketball and just seeing them and making sure they’re becoming a better person everyday,” Funchess added.

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