Second year Columbia State mentor Jay Joyner is not a person to shy away from hard work.
If that means going from one end of the state to the other to find players that is exactly what the Chargers mentor will have done.
Joyner, who's Chargers finished in the #2 spot in the Tennessee Junior College Athletic Association (TJCAA) this past season with an overall record of 16-10, knew precisely where the core of his players were coming from in this recruiting class.
An unlikely source maybe, not so much anyone, of course we speak of East Tennessee.
Columbia State took the drive down I40 and secured the services of two of the state's best athletes not residing in the 901 area code, JuJuan Williams (Knoxville West) and Morrease "The Butcher" Barber (Gatlinburg-Pittman).
Williams, who helped lead the Rebels in the Class AAA state tournament, is a pogo stick with solid skills that is consistency away from being a very good player on the next level.
"The Butcher" is a long, sleek athlete who makes plays because of his athleticism and will be a handful when his basketball skills catch-up.
Both young men have a bright future and are outstanding kids in their own right and will be coached up by the aggressive and talented Joyner.