LEVELLAND, Tex. — Chalk up another Division I transfer for the South Plains College Texans.
Since the 2017-18 season came to a close, close to 750 players have either transferred from a Division I school, or have moved up a level and have committed to a Division I program. With the large number, players are bound to transfer anywhere and everywhere. The majority stay at the top level, while plenty still transfer elsewhere as they look for the best fit for their game and their development.
One program that has done rather well this off-season is South Plains College.
Last season, the Texans had four Division I transfers on their roster, including the ever-talented Jordan Brangers. Year after year, South Plains College is present on the transfer market, and this year has been no different.
Earlier this off-season, they added Jamar Ergas (Washington State Huskies) and Trey Wade (UTEP Miners) to the mix for the 2018-19 season. On Monday, they added another talented player for the upcoming campaign, as guard Jonah Antonio committed to the Texans over other Division I programs.
Antonio held a slew of offers from Division I schools across the country, including the Utah Valley Wolverines, Vermont Catamounts, Wright State Raiders, and Oakland Golden Grizzlies among others. Instead, he opted to go the NJCAA route with the goal to return to Division I in 2018-19.
With Antonio committing to the Texans, the 6’5” guard from Australia will be eligible to play immediately. If he were to stay in Division I, he would have had to sit out the upcoming season due to the NCAA’s transfer regulations.
Throughout his first season in the NCAA, Antonio was a key piece to the puzzle for the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers. He helped lead the Mountaineers to a second-place finish in the Northeast Conference standings with a record of 12-6 in league play. The Mount finished the season with a record of 18-14 overall.
Antonio finished second on the team in scoring with an average of 11.3 points per contest. He added 3.8 rebounds and 0.7 assists per night out. He trailed only Junior Robinson in terms of scoring for the Mountaineers. Antonio shot 33.8% (90-of-266) from three-point range for the season, and shot 36.6% from the floor overall for the year.
Known as a sharp-shooter, Antonio connected on at least three jumpers from long distance on 17 occasions. He recorded double-digit points in 20 games over the course of the season. Antonio posted his lone double-double on November 21st against York (PA), as he recorded a career-high 23 points and 10 rebounds in the win for the Mountaineers.
Last season, South Plains College went 28-8 overall, and they won the 2018 NJCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship. They capped off their incredible season with a 98-95 win over Southern Idaho in the title game.
– T. Bennett