members of the 2014-15 Olive-Harvey College (OHC) men’s basketball team signed
letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at four-year
colleges beginning in August.
Hunter signed with Midland University in Fremont, Neb., while Jayone Troutman committed
to the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, DC. Armahn Mooring will be attending Lane College
in Jackson, Tenn.
players were instrumental in helping Olive-Harvey win the Region IV Tournament
in March, enabling the Panthers to advance to the NJCAA Division II National
Tournament for the first time since 2002-03.
OHC finished the season with a 26-10 record and a No. 19 ranking in the national
in all 69 of Olive-Harvey’s games the last two seasons and was inserted into
the starting lineup 60 times. A
versatile player who excelled on both the offensive and defensive ends of the
court, Hunter was voted to the 2014-15 All-Region IV second team after leading
the Panthers with averages of 5.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game. His 80 steals and 192 assists placed him
ninth and tenth, respectively, in the country among NJCAA Division II players. The 6-foot, 2-inch guard also was second on
the team with a 17.3 points-per-game average in addition to supplying 4.1
rebounds each outing.
freshman, Hunter, a graduate of Larkin High School in Elgin, averaged 10.8
points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game for Olive-Harvey,
which closed out the year with a 22-11 mark.
The Panthers came within a victory of advancing to the NJCAA National
Tournament, but their bid was denied when they lost in the Region IV Tournament
Olive-Harvey, Midland also has strung together back-to-back successful
seasons. In 2014-15, the Warriors went
26-8, qualified to the NAIA Division II National Tournament and finished 11th
in the final poll. Midland had its best
showing in program history in 2013-14 as it was the national runner-up and won
a school-record 30 games.
alum of Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills, received an Associate in
General Studies from Olive-Harvey in May and graduated with honors. On the basketball court, he averaged team-high
tallies of 7.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game this season and also shot 53.1
percent from the field to top the OHC charts en route to making the All-Region
IV second team. He contributed 16.4
points per game as well.
The 6-foot, 6-inch
forward authored six double-doubles during the year, including the season-opener
against Mineral Area College (Mo.) on November 7th when he scored 23
points and hauled in a personal-best 17 rebounds. A starter in 33 of the 34 contests that he saw
playing time, Troutman’s season highs also consisted of 27 points in the
Malcolm X win, four blocks in a game on four occasions and four steals three
who played at Southwest Baptist University (Mo.) as a freshman in 2012-13
before redshirting last year, will be competing at the NCAA Division II level
in 2015-16 at the University of the District of Columbia, which is also a
member of the East Coast Conference.
playing at Robert Morris University-Springfield in 2013-14, Mooring, a 6-foot,
2-inch guard, transferred to Olive-Harvey this year and averaged 3.8 points,
2.0 assists, 1.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 33 appearances, four of which were starts. He also shot 51.1 percent from the field.
points in a win against Harry S Truman College on January 31st, 10
assists vs. Ohio Mid-Western, five rebounds in a victory over the Trinity
Christian College junior varsity team January 26th and four steals
in the Moraine Valley Community College triumph January 6th were his