JAWANZA POLANDGreat news for Jawanza, who committed to play for South Florida today. Here’s a little refresher course on JP: Freshman of the year in Jayhawk Conference two years ago at Cowley College, the 6-foot-4, 195-pound guard/forward out of Wichita East had to sit out this season because he was part of the mass exodus from Cowley to Hutchinson CC after coach Steve Eck jumped ship from the Tigers to the Blue Dragons … but for some reason, unlike most of his teammates, he wasn’t given his release from Cowley. And while that may have prevented HCC from winning the Region VI title, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise for JP, who now gets to play three years at a four-year school. Just take this into account … this season Hutch made road trips to great towns like Colby, Garden City, Great Bend and El Dorado. USF found its way to places like Las Vegas, Louisville, New York City and Chicago. I’m just sayin’. Plus, he gets to play for Stan Heath, who I’m always impressed with.
Poland chose the Bulls over Oklahoma, West Virginia, Cincinnati and others … which probably means Wichita State, too, as I’m pretty sure they were recruiting him the last couple of years.
From my perspective, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a kid improve as much as JP did from his senior year of high school to his freshman year of college. Dude’s game just … grew up. Very mature on the court. I could see why he was so coveted when it came to recruiting.
“I’m just trying to come in and help the team win,” Poland told the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times. “They have a good coaching staff, and I like the academics there and how they get their players to graduate. The campus looks like a nice place.”