CONCORDIA, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College men's basketball program has a history of churning out NCAA Division I level guards, which has included Rodney Pryor at Georgetown University.
This year, the T-Birds saw their starting backcourt of Aamahne Santos (Jacksonville University) and Deon Lyle (University of Texas-San Antonio) sign D-I, while sophomore guard Andrew Ballock (Drury University) went to a powerhouse D-II program.
"Our guard play last season between Aamahne and Andrew was off the charts at the point guard spot," Eshbaugh said. "We've been very blessed to have good point guard play since I've been here. Our last seven guys at that position have signed Division I out of Cloud. I know we have some big shoes to fill, but I also think we can bring in some guys to continue the tradition of guard play at Cloud."
Cloud County is already hard at work replenishing its roster with talent as this week it announced the signing of Brayden Day; a 6-foot, 4-inch point guard out of Lincoln Southeast High School.
"We're really excited about Brayden. I think he is kind of a hidden gem in Nebraska," Eshbaugh said. "He played at a really good high school program in Lincoln Southeast."
Day averaged 13.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game as a senior for the Knights.
The athletic ability and height Day possesses is intriguing to Eshbaugh, who said he envisions Day as someone who will still play primarily with the ball in hands and not move to an off-guard spot at the next level.
"He's got great size at the point guard position. Some people look and think 'OK, maybe he is a small forward,' but I look at Brayden as a point guard and a guy with great vision," Eshbaugh said. "He's a good athlete at 6'4'', 190 pounds, so he's body ready, and he's young. He is only 17. I'm excited to see what kind of impact he can make on our program and I'm excited to work with him."
Cloud County is also adding Obinna Patrick to the mix; a 6'1'' point guard out of Watkins Mill, Maryland.
Patrick is transferring form Hagerstown Community College where he averaged 6.5 points per game. He played in 24 games for the Hawks, starting in five, and ended his freshman season on a high note with an 18-point performance against Baltimore City Community College.