With several holes to fill on their roster – most notably at the shooting guard position – the Green Bay Phoenix coaching staff extended scholarship offers to a pair of junior college guards recently in their hopes to bolster the program after a forgettable 2021/2022 season.
Chris Bready, a 6’5” guard who is a sophomore at New Mexico Military Academy, was the first to receive an offer back on February 12th. The Waukesha native is averaging 13.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per game for NMMI this season and is the team’s second leading scorer. He’s also the team’s leading three-point shooter knocking down 38.6% (39 for 101) of his attempts from behind the arc.
Prior to arriving in New Mexico, Bready played his high school basketball at Waukesha West before playing one season at Bryant & Stratton College in Wauwatosa. He ranked #11 in Mark Miller’s final class of 2019 state player rankings via WisSports.net, ahead of some familiar names like Donovan Ivory (#14), Nate Jenkins (#16), and Patrick Suemnick (#22).
At 6’5”, he would be a big asset on the wing for Green Bay as he could provide some lineup versatility allowing the Phoenix to potentially play some three guard lineups without sacrificing too much size. He has also shown the ability to knock down three pointers, something the team drastically needs help with after finishing nearly dead last in the country (#345) in three-point field goal percentage at 28.2%.
Bready has also received scholarship offers from Coastal Carolina and Texas A&M–Commerce so far and would likely have three seasons of eligibility remaining due to the COVID pandemic.
Green Bay’s most recent scholarship offer was extended to another big guard, 6’4” Garren Davis, a sophomore at Clarendon College in Texas.
A volume scorer, he averaged 17.4 points per game this season while taking nearly 14 shots per game. He shoots at a decent percentage, however, knocking down 42.6% overall from the floor and 38.1% from behind the arc (48 for 126). More than half of his shot attempts this season have come from behind the arc.
Davis played for Green Bay assistant coach Freddie Owens at Loyola Maryland appearing in 11 games as a freshman back in the 2019/2020. He played in 2 games for Loyola as a sophomore before leaving the program and playing at the junior college level this season, so he would have at least two, potentially three seasons of eligibility remaining as well.
According to VerbalCommits.com, Davis received scholarship offers from Southern Mississippi, Louisiana-Monroe, and Manhattan this past spring before receiving a Green Bay scholarship offer back on February 25th.
Both prospects played in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference with Bready’s team going 19-13 (10-6) and losing in the conference tournament semifinals while Davis’ squad finished 8-21 (3-13).
Green Bay has at least two scholarships available to replace Blayton Williams and Donavan Moore, who left the program and entered the transfer portal after the first semester. It remains to be seen what other roster turnover may occur now that the Phoenix season has come to a close after losing in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament.