Basketball scrimmages begin

Navarro basketball, under new head coach Michael Landers, is making its way toward center stage.

The regular season will not start officially until November 1, but the Bulldogs are hard at work in preparation with a series of October scrimmages starting Thursday.

Coach Landers’ Bulldogs will host the University of Texas-Arlington Movin’ Mavs at 6 pm Thursday night at the Wolens Special Events Center.

Following that scrimmage, the Bulldogs will join many other Texas junior college teams from Region V and Region XIV Friday at the two-day, 58-team Mullen/Mitchell Jamboree at various venues throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  The largest junior college basketball jamboree of its kind will attract programs from 11 states this weekend.

At Lewisville High School on Friday, Navarro will work against Missouri State-West Plains at 5 pm Friday, Lake Land, Ill., at 7 pm, and Brookhaven at 9 pm.

MSU-WP’S Grizzlies, coached by Yancey Walker, went 21-10 and won the Region 16 regular-season championship.   They’ll feature a big, athletic team with six returnees.  Lake Land’s Lakers, coached by Cedric Brown, will challenge in Region 24.  Brookhaven in a Region V entry that competes in the Metro Athletic Conference of Dallas.

Landers and assistants Eric Colbert and Brian Crawford are projected to have a deep squad that features five returning sophomores, a sophomore transfer, and a freshman class that includes three of Greater Houston’s Top 25 recruits.  Third-team all-conference performer Toney Foster, Jamar Goodwin, Shannon Lilly, Duan Wright and Jaleel Cousins return from last year’s 25-8 Region XIV Tournament Finalists.  They will be joined by Connors State transfer Troy Jones — a former high school teammate of Wright.  Top freshmen from Houston include Da’Shawn Robinson (Alief), Khory Ross (Brazosport), and Rodrick Trimont (Westside), plus sharpshooter Malik Hawkins (Harker Heights), and 6-foot-10 Neville Fincher.