The Green Bay Phoenix landed its fourth junior college transfer of the spring when 6’6” forward ShanQuan Hemphill signed with the program Monday afternoon.
The Gary, Indiana native played the past two seasons at Florida Southwestern in Fort Myers after averaging 17.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game at Michigan City High School his senior season in 2016.
Hemphill averaged 14.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game this past season at Florida Southwestern and was named first team all-conference in the Suncoast Conference. He scored in double figures 27 times including a career-high 29 points (on 14-of-22 shooting) in a win over IMG on January 5th according to a release from the school. He also shot a team-best 60.4 percent from the field, which ranked 43rd in the country, according to the release.
In addition to efficient scoring Hemphill boasts explosive athleticism and is capable of highlight reel dunks. He took second place in the high jump at the state finals of the IHSAA state meet in 2016.
He also showed he is capable of occasionally knocking down the outside shot shooting 34.4% (11-32) from beyond the arc this past season.
Hemphill received a scholarship offer from Youngstown State last July according to VerbalCommits.com and was receiving interest from several solid mid-major programs this season including Loyola Marymount, Evansville, and nearby Florida Gulf Coast according to the Fort Myers News-Press.
He is eligible to play immediately and will have two seasons remaining.
Hemphill will join a large junior class that includes the three other JUCO newcomers: Jay’Quan McCloud, Jevon Smith, and Josh McNair as well as returning wing Kameron Hankerson and forwards TJ Parham and Cody Schwartz.
His commitment means Green Bay currently has 14 scholarship players on its active roster going into next season, one over the maximum of 13.
For the most part, Green Bay has been able to avoid the transfer turmoil that the rest of the Horizon League has been going through this offseason. But at least one player will for sure not be returning next season.
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