September 18, 2017

CARTERVILLE -- The John A. Logan men’s basketball team will host the second annual Midwest Jamboree on Sunday, Oct. 22 at the SIU Recreation Center. There will be 12 top junior college teams and each team will play three games. Three courts will be utilized with three games going on at all times, beginning at 12-noon.

“Our first Jamboree was very successful,” said Logan basketball coach Kyle Smithpeters. “We had good teams who battled hard on the court. The games were very competitive and the games ran on time.

“We had a great turnout of four year coaches and recruiting services.   Many of them were very complimentary.”

All of the teams who were in the field a year ago will return and two more have been added including highly touted Moberly College from Missouri and Vincennes from Indiana.  Returning teams are 3 Rivers, West Plains, State Fair and Mineral Area from Missouri; Southwest Tennessee from Tennessee and Wabash Valley, Olney, Shawnee, Lake Land and John A. Logan from Illinois.

“We want to play top competition to find out where we are in our season preparation,” said Logan coach and Jamboree director Kyle Smithpeters. “It should be a great day of basketball and will be attended by a large group of Division I scouts.

“We want to win every game we play, but the big thing about a Jamboree is that you just want to get better. We will know where we are at the end of the day on Oct. 22.”

The Vols will open the season on Saturday, Nov. 4, hosting the Kentucky Wesleyan JV squad in a 3 p.m. game.