Northeast Community College Men’s Basketball Signees

NORFOLK – Three new members of the Northeast Community College men’s basketball team have recently signed a NJCAA National Letter of Intent.

According to a release from Northeast Athletics, Ben Hammond of Norfolk; Jason Sjuts of Humphrey and Amaire Perkins from Sanford, Florida will look to put their talents on display next season at the Cox Activities Center.

Head Northeast Community College men’s basketball coach, Dan Anderson is thrilled to welcome in the three signees.

Ben Hammond, a 6’ 4” guard, will be staying close to home as he will begin his college career at Northeast from Norfolk Catholic High School in Norfolk. During his senior campaign the local product averaged 11.3 points per game. Hammond was named First Team All-Mid State Conference for the 2021-2022 season, Mid-State Honorable Mention in 2019-2020 and again in 2020-2021, All-State Honorable Mention in 2021-2022, helped lead the Knights to their first state appearance in 10 years and was basketball All-State Academic during the 2019-2020 and 2021-2022 seasons.

Along with his success on the court, Hammond was a four-time state qualifier in cross country and helped lead his team to a Class ‘D’ runner-up finish in 2018 and 2020 and a Class ‘D’ State Championship in 2021. He finished seventh as an individual in 2020 and fourth in 2021. Along with cross county, Hammond was a state qualifier in the men’s 1600-meter run and 3200-meter run, finishing fifth in the 3200-meter run.

Coach Anderson said, “Ben is long. Ben can really shoot. Ben has a great work ethic. He’s always shooting. He spends a lot of time. He’s a great gym rat. He reminds me of another guy who played here and is now a pro, Jalen Bradley, because he’s just constantly putting up shots.”

 

Jason Sjuts, a 6’ 4” forward, joins Northeast from Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family High School in Humphrey, Nebraska. Sjuts averaged 11.9 points per game during his senior season. He was a four-time All-State basketball player, three of which were in Class ‘D1’ and one which was in ‘C2.’ He was named First Team All-Conference three times in the East Husker Conference. Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family won the Class ‘D1’ State Championship’s in 2019 and 2021, finished third in 2020 and won the Class ‘C2’ State Championship in 2022.

On the football field, Sjuts was named First Team All-State in Class ‘D’ six-man football in 2019 and was a four-time All-District player. This past season he helped his team defeat Lutheran High Northeast for his co-ops first ever playoff win in Class ‘D.’

Coach Anderson added, “he comes out of a very successful program. Multiple state championships, which he was a big part of that with his twin brother. He brings length. He’s long. He’s a good rebounder. He can really shoot the three well. That’s something that we’ve been trying to work to improve on. It helps when you come in here and can already shoot the ball.”

 

Amaire Perkins, or “AP” as his teammates already affectionately call him, a 5’ 10” guard, will continue his basketball career after spending last year at Polk State College in Winter Haven, Florida. Perkins has been enrolled at Northeast since January and has been able to go through offseason workouts with the current team. Perkins shot 51.4 percent from the field last season and 50 percent from the three-point line in 20 games played.

Coach Anderson mentioned, “he brings a great basketball IQ. Great work ethic. He puts in the time. Even in scrimmages, he’s able to find open people. His voice is important. You can always hear him talk to the guys. He builds people up. Really quick and good with the ball. He’s kind of a thief out there on the floor. He gets a lot of steals.”

The Northeast Community College men’s basketball team finished the 2021-22 season at 5-23 (1-15 ICCAC).

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