May brought recruiting hits, departure news, to NCMC basketball

The month of May is one in the college basketball offseason, but for Coach Jeremy Esry and the North Central Missouri College Pirates, May was a busy one for setting the direction of the 2022-2023 season.

Numerous in-state commitments were announced by student athletes over the past several weeks.  From Independence, Missouri and William Chrisman High School, Cam Dickerson announced a commitment to North Central Missouri College basketball: 



A couple of weeks prior to Dickerson’s commitment, the Pirates received the signed paperwork of Mexico (MO) High School guard Isaiah Reams: 


NCMC will be searching for a new men’s basketball assistant coach this summer, as former assistant Taylor Lavery is moving up to the Division 1 junior college level, accepting an opening at Howard College under head coach Kyle Cooper.  

Meanwhile, two former Pirate standouts have announced their future plans.  Kolten Griffin, a product of Lafayette High School in St. Joseph, will transfer to the University of West Georgia to play his final two seasons of college basketball, while former NCMC All-American Jeramy Shaw, after spending last season with NCAA Division One Detroit Mercy, is transferring back to the area, with former Kansas guard Jeff Boschee adding Shaw as a transfer to the men’s basketball program at Pittsburg State University in the MIAA, moving from D-1 down to D-2 in search of increased playing opportunities.