Another Junior College Guard On WVU’s Radar
A couple days ago we profiled Sean McNeil, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, who recently visited WVU.
Another junior college player on West Virginia’s radar is Tajzmel Sherman, a 6-foot-3, 168-pound combo guard from Collin College in Plano, Texas.
A native of Fort Bend, Texas, Sherman is averaging 27.5 points per game this season for the Cougars, who are 21-5 heading into their final four regular season games.
With shooting a priority for future editions of the WVU basketball team, Sherman has some numbers that could fill that need. He has made 215-of-437 field goal attempts this season (49.2 percent) along with 86-of-219 three-point tries (39.3 percent) and 172-of-195 foul shots (88.2 percent). He also averages 5.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
Sherman grew up near Houston, and as a senior in 2017, he helped Thurgood Marshall High School reach the Texas Class 5A state championship game. Despite that success, most of the attention on that Buffalo basketball team went to Division I recruits John Walker (Texas A&M) and Jabari Rice (New Mexico State). Sherman was overshadowed when college coaches came to scout his team.
Thus he landed at Collin, but immediately found a role. He averaged 15.0 points per game as a freshman, and now he’s third in the country in the junior college ranks in scoring with his average of 27.5 points per game. He trails only Sean McNeil of Sinclair C.C. (30.4 ppg) and Alonzo Verge of Moberly Area (Mo.) C.C. (30.1 ppg)
“He can create his own shot,” Collins coach Jim Sigona told the Houston Chronicle. “He can go get his shot, and he can go make a play. He’s good coming off a screen, and he’s 6-foot-3, can jump and can shoot over people. You just can’t teach his ability to score the basketball. It’s good.”
The scholarship offers for Sherman have been picking up a lot of speed as of late. He entered his sophomore season at Collin with offers from Texas State, Buffalo, UTEP, FIU, East Carolina, SMU and Cincinnati. But in February, the attention increased greatly, as Utah, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Purdue and West Virginia have all extended offers.