Men's Basketball

2013-14 Season

Head Coach Rob Buss
Office: G408
815-825-2086, ext. 2400

Matt Rogers
Assistant Coach
815-825-2086, ext. 2400

  • 1996 Region IV Champions
  • National Runner-Up 1996
  • 2010 Region IV Champions
  • 6th Place National Finish 2010
  • 2013 Region IV Tournament Runner-Up
  • (9) All-Americans
  • (5) All-Americans under Coach Rob Buss
  • (15) All-Region IV players under Coach Rob Buss
  • (17) All-Arrowhead Conference players under Coach Rob Buss
  • (2) Arrowhead Conference MVP's under Coach Buss
  • (49) Kishwaukee players signed with 4-Year schools under Coach Rob Buss

 

2014 Kishwaukee Sophomores move onto 4-Year Schools

Congratulations to the first group of Kishwaukee sophomore men’s basketball players to sign with 4-year schools and continue their careers at the next level of college basketball. The following players have signed letters of intent to 4-year colleges & universities. With these five players from the Class of 2014; that now makes (49) total players that have moved onto 4-year schools to continue their basketball careers under Head Coach Rob Buss’ 11-year tenure at Kishwaukee College.

Donnell Cegers a 6’ 5” starting guard/forward from (Milwaukee Marquette (WI) HS) who was awarded 1st Team All-Arrowhead Conference, Arrowhead Conference MVP & 1st Team All-Region IV recognition this past season will be headed to Minnesota to play for St. Cloud State University.  St. Cloud State is an NCAA Division II school who competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Donnell lead the Kougars in both scoring(16.3ppg) and rebounding(8.6rpg) this year while shooting 53.2% from the floor. Donnell also lead the Kougars in scoring(15ppg) & rebounding(8.5rpg) in Arrowhead Conference play. Donnell was named to the Academic All-Arrowhead Conference team this year while carrying a 3.45gpa this year and a 3.19 cumulative gpa throughout his two years at Kishwaukee. Donnell was also voted Kishwaukee’s Male Athlete of the Year for 2013-2014. Donnell was recognized as the NJCAA Division II Player-of-the-Week this past season during the month of February in which he produced three Double-Doubles(Points & Rebounds) in three Kougar victories. Donnell was also awarded Player-of-the Week for Region IV five times this past season. The Milwaukee, WI. native was the Kougars holds two year totals of 736 points & 369 rebounds in his career for the Kougars.

Taylor Lavery a 6’ 3” starting guard from (Michigan City(IN) HS) who was awarded 1st Team All-Arrowhead Conference, 2nd Team All-Region IV, and All-Region IV Tournament recognition this past season will be headed to Minnesota to play for the University of Minnesota-Duluth. UM-Duluth is an NCAA Division II school who competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Taylor was a 2-year starting guard for Kishwaukee and was named to the 2nd Team All-Arrowhead Conference & All-Region IV Team as a freshman. Taylor was Kishwaukee’s 2nd leading scorer averaging 16ppg along with 3.8rpg, and 2.53apg this past season for the Kougars. Taylor averaged 10ppg, 2rpg, and 2.8apg during his freshman season with Kishwaukee. Taylor started 51 games during his 2-years at Kishwaukee. Taylor was named to the Academic All-Arrowhead Conference team during his freshman year and graduated Kishwaukee with his Associates degree and a 3.0gpa. The Dyer, IN. native completes his career with totals of 826 points, 186 rebounds, and 170 assists in his two seasons for the Kougars. 

Kaylor Zimmerman a 6’ 3” starting point guard from (NEW Lutheran(WI) HS) has signed to play for Bemidji State University in Minnesota next season. Bemidji State University is an NCAA Division II University that competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Kaylor was a 2-year starting guard & captain for Kishwaukee while started 59 of 63 games at point guard for the Kougars.  Kaylor lead the country in assists with a 9.03apg average and also ranked 3rd nationally in steals with a 3.28spg average. Kaylor was Kishwaukee’s 3rd leading scorer averaging 11.1ppg and 4th leading rebounder with 4.5rpg this past season for the Kougars. Kaylor posted a Triple-Double this season against Olive-Harvey College with 12 points-10 rebounds-10 assists.  Kaylor averaged 8.6ppg, 2.6rpg, and 5.1apg during his freshman season with Kishwaukee.  Kaylor was named to the Academic All-Arrowhead Conference team both seasons at Kishwaukee while carrying a 3.0gpa this year and graduates with his Associates degree with a 3.18 cumulative gpa throughout his two years at Kishwaukee. Kaylor was awarded Region IV Player-of-the-Week on four different occasions this past season. The Green Bay, WI. native completes his career with totals of 619 points, 223 rebounds, 452 assists, and 156 steals in his two seasons for the Kougars.

Josh Williams a 6’ 6” starting forward from (Yorkville HS) has signed to play for Mount Mercy University in Iowa next season. Mount Mercy in an NAIA University that competes in the Midwest Collegiate Conference.  Josh started 43 games in his Kishwaukee career.  Josh averaged 7.8ppg & 5rpg while shooting 63.5% for the floor & 72% from the FT line this year. Josh was also 2nd on the team with 43 blocked shots.  Josh was named to the Academic All-Arrowhead Conference team both season for Kishwaukee while carrying a 3.1gpa this year and a 3.1 cumulative gpa throughout his two years at Kishwaukee. The Montgomery, IL native completes his career with totals of 435 points, 273 rebounds, and 64 Blocked shots in his two seasons for the Kougars. 

Colin Blaydes a 6’ 5” forward from (Chicago Hope HS) has signed to play for the University of Illinois-Springfield next season. University of Illinois-Springfield is an NCAA Division II University that competes in the Great Lakes Valley Conference(GLVC), which is recognized as the top Division II conference in the country. Colin started 4 games in his Kishwaukee career. Colin averaged 4ppg & 3.8rpg this year. Colin earned the highest grade point average for the Kougars during the Fall semester with a 3.6gpa. Colin graduates Kishwaukee with his Associates degree with a 2.8gpa. The Chicago, IL. native completes his career with totals of 178 points, 174 rebounds, and 31 steals in his two seasons for the Kougars. 

2013-2014 Men’s Basketball Player Awards

Congratulations to sophomore forward Donnell Cegers who was awarded 1st Team All-Arrowhead Conference & Arrowhead Conference MVP along with also being named 1st Team All-Region IV for the 2013-2014 season. Donnell received the most votes from the other six Arrowhead Conference head coaches to be awarded conference MVP. Donnell averaged 15ppg(ranked 5th) and 8.5rpg(ranked 3rd) in conference play. Donnell’s stats were even better in the regular season as he scored 16.3ppg and collected 8.6rpg while shooting 53.2% from the floor and 67.3% from the FT line. The Milwaukee, WI. native was the Kougars leading scorer & rebounder throughout the regular season. Donnell leaves Kishwaukee with 736 points scored and 369 total rebounds. 

Congratulations also goes to 6’ 3”sophomore shooting guard Taylor Lavery who also named to the 1st Team All-Arrowhead Conference, 2nd Team All-Region IV, and All-Region IV Tournament Team. Taylor was the 3rd most voted for player by the leagues head coaches for All-Conference. Taylor was the Kougar’s leading scorer in conference play scoring 16.5ppg(ranked 2nd).  Taylor also shot (44%) from 3pt range which was the 3rd best mark in conference play. Last season as a freshman Taylor was voted to the 2nd Team All-Arrowhead Conference. Taylor like Donnell had a strong regular season averaging 16ppg while shooting 50.2% from the floor, a team best 44.4% from 3pt range, and a team best 81.3% from the FT line. For the 2nd straight year Taylor was awarded Region IV All-Tournament Team by the regions coaches for his post-season play. Taylor averaged 21.5ppg while shooting 62.5% from the floor and 58.5% from 3pt range during the Region IV Tournament. Taylor finishes his career with 826 points, 176 rebounds, and 170 assists for the Kougars.

Finally congratulations goes to 2-year starting PG 6’ 3” Kaylor Zimmerman who lead the country in assists this season with 289 assists good for an average of 9.03apg. During Kaylor’s career he has dished out 462 assists in just 63 games played. Kaylor did a little of everything this season for Kishwaukee averaging 11.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 9.03apg, and 3.3spg. Kaylor also ranked 5th in the country in steals per game with 105 steals on the season good for a 3.3spg average. Kaylor recorded a “Triple-Double” on December 7th for Kishwaukee against Olive-Harvey College with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in a 84-78 region road win. Kaylor finishes his Kishwaukee career with 619 points, 323 rebounds, 462 assists, and 156 steals.

Kishwaukee Sophomore G/F Donnell Cegers wins NJCAA National Player of the Week award for Division II.

Starting sophomore G/F Donnell Cegers(Milwaukee Marquette HS(WI) was awarded the NJCAA Division II Player of the Week award for his play last week. Donnell has won the Region IV Player of the Week award four times already this season. Donnell averaged 18.7ppg, 16rpg, 2.7apg, 1.3spg, and 1.3bpg in Kishwaukee’s three games last week. Monday February 3rd Donnell had 14pts 19rebs and 5asts in a 103-56 win over Rockford University JV, on Thursday February 6th versus Division I Highland College Donnell had 17pts, 18rebs, and 2blks, finally on Saturday February 8th Donnell lead Kishwaukee to a 87-58 blow-out win over #2 nationally ranked South Suburban College with 25pts, 11rebs, and 3asts. Donnell is currently leading the #14 nationally ranked 20-6 Kougar’s in scoring(17ppg) and rebounding(8.2rpg) so far this season.

#10 Nationally ranked Kishwaukee defeats the #2 Nationally ranked South Suburban 87-58 in region IV contest

The Kishwaukee Kougar’s men’s basketball team earned a BIG win against Region IV & National power South Suburban College this past Saturday afternoon with a 87-58 win. South Suburban came into Kishwaukee with an undefeated region record and the #2 National Ranking. The Kougar’s jumped out to a big lead early in the game with a strong defensive effort from the whole roster. Kishwaukee’s pressing defense slowed down a strong South Suburban offense early to build the early double-digit lead for the Kougar’s. Kishwaukee’s fast-paced and penetrating offense forced South Suburban to foul on most plays and got Kishwaukee to the free throw line often. Kishwaukee ended the 1st half with a 53-22 lead. The 2nd half brought a strong push from the #2 ranked South Suburban Bulldogs. Kishwaukee had to keep focused and continue to work as a team on defense so not to allow South Suburban back into the game.  The Kougar’s lead by as many as 39 points in the 2nd half at 63-24. Kishwaukee received big games from multiple players including 6’ 5” sophomore forward Donnell Cegers (Milwaukee Marquette HS, Milwaukee, WI.) with 25pts and 11rebs, 6’ 3” sophomore guard Taylor Lavery (Michigan City HS Dyer, IN.) with 21pts and 9rebs, 6’ 4” sophomore forward David Chatman (Morton HS) 14pts, 5rebs, and 2 big dunks, 6’ 3” sophomore point guard Kaylor Zimmerman (N.E.W. Lutheran HS Green Bay, WI) with 6pts, 4rebs, 4stls, and 10asts, and finally 5’ 10” sophomore point guard Johnny Baldwin (Chicago Corliss HS) with 12pts, 3rebs, and 2asts. The Kougar’s are now 20-5 overall and 7-1 in Region IV A games with 5 games to play before the Region IV Tournament begins on Thursday February 27th.

2013 Kishwaukee Sophomores move onto 4-Year Schools

Congratulations to the entire Kishwaukee Kougar sophomore class of 2013(Raheem Lemons, Marlon Maxey, Harold Ridgeway, and Dondre Osborne) for continuing their careers at the next level of college basketball.  All (4) sophomore members have signed letters of intent to 4-year colleges & universities.  With these four players from the Class of 2013; that now makes (41) total players that have moved onto 4-year schools to continue their basketball careers under Head Coach Rob Buss’ 10-year tenure at Kishwaukee College.

Raheem Lemons a 6’ 4” two year starting forward from (Nicolet(WI) HS) who was awarded All-Arrowhead Conference & All-Region IV 1st Team recognition will be headed to Ohio to play for Central State University.  Central State in an NCAA Division II school who competes in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. Raheem was voted to the 2nd Team All-Arrowhead Conference while averaging 8ppg and 10.3rpg(ranked 2nd). Raheem also shot 50% from the field and 70% from the free-throw line in Arrowhead Conference games. Raheem was also voted to the 1st Team All-Region IV squad this season as well. Raheem was named to the Academic All-Arrowhead Conference team for both seasons at Kishwaukee while carrying a 3.7gpa this year and a 3.5 cumulative gpa throughout his two years at Kishwaukee.  Raheem was also voted Kishwaukee’s Male Athlete of the Year for 2012-2013. The Milwaukee, WI. native was the Kougars leading rebounder with a 8.6rpg season average while also scoring 10ppg and shooting 56.3% from the field. Raheem leaves Kishwaukee as the 7th leading rebounder in school history with 584 total rebounds. Raheem also scored 717 points in his two seasons for the Kougars.

The second Kougar signing with a 4-year school is 6’ 6” guard Marlon Maxey(T.F. North HS) who played in all 63 games in his two year career starting 28 of those games. Marlon was a 2nd Team All-Arrowhead Conference selection as a freshman while leading the Arrowhead Conference in rebounding.  Marlon has signed to play for William Penn University located in Iowa which plays in the Midwest Collegiate Conference.  William Penn is a NAIA University that had a record of 34-2 and played in the 2013 NAIA National Championship game.  Marlon averaged 10ppg, 4.5rpg, and 2apg this past season for the Kougars. Marlon leaves Kishwaukee as the 10th leading rebounder in school history with 508 total rebounds & 7th all-time single season leading rebounder with 365 rebounds during the 2011-12 season. Marlon also scored 712 points in his two seasons for the Kougars.

The third sophomore signing for the Kougars is 6’ 7” transfer sophomore Harold Ridgeway(Plano HS) who has also signed to play for William Penn University in Iowa next season. Harold started 14 games at forward while leading the Kougars in scoring at 11ppg and collecting 7rpg also. Harold blocked 24 shots in 15 games while also shooting 58% from the floor. 

The final sophomore signing for the Kougars is 6’ 0” transfer sophomore Dondre Osborne(Zion-Benton HS) who signed to play for Mount Mercy University in Iowa next season. Mount Mercy in an NAIA University that competes in the Midwest Collegiate Conference. Dondre started 15 games at point guard and played in 31 contests in his only season for the Kougars. Dondre averaged 5ppg and 5.1apg this year while also having a 3-to-1 assist to turnover ratio for the season. 

2012-2013 Men’s Basketball Player Awards

Congratulations to sophomore forward Raheem Lemons who was awarded with both All-Arrowhead Conference & All-Region IV 1st Team recognition for the 2012-2013 season. Raheem was voted to the 2nd Team All-Arrowhead Conference while averaging 8ppg and 10.3rpg(ranked 2nd). Raheem also shot 50% from the field and 70% from the free-throw line in Arrowhead Conference games. Raheem was also voted to the 1st Team All-Region IV squad this season as well. The Milwaukee, WI. native was the Kougars leading rebounder with a 8.6rpg season average while also scoring 10ppg and shooting 56.3% from the field. Raheem leaves Kishwaukee as the 7th leading rebounder in school history with 584 total rebounds.  Raheem also scored 717 points in his two seasons for the Kougars. 

Congratulations also goes to 6’ 7”sophomore forward Harold Ridgeway who was named to the All-Region IV Tournament team. Harold scored 40 points and collected 22 rebounds over the 3 region tournament games while shooting a blistering 72%(18-25) from the floor. The Plano HS native lead Kishwaukee in scoring this season with 11ppg average and hauled in 7rpg also on the year. 

Finally 6’ 3” freshman guard Taylor Lavery was named to both the 2nd Team All-Arrowhead Conference Team & the All-Region IV Tournament Team this year. Taylor was Kishwaukee’s leading scorer in conference play with a 13.3ppg. Taylor shot 50% from the floor, 46% from 3-point range, and 79% from the free throw line.  Taylor was the Kougars 3rd leading scorer on the season at 9.9ppg. Taylor was a huge reason the Kougars made their 2nd Region Championship game appearance after leading Kishwaukee to a 119-100 Region Semi-Final victory over #19 nationally ranked Triton College. Taylor lead the way with 29pts on (8-13) shooting from the floor including (4-5) 3pt FG’s & (9-9) FT’s.

Kishwaukee wins Regional Semi-Final 119-100 moves on to play in Region IV Finals

The Kishwaukee men’s basketball team will be playing in the Region IV A Championship game for the second time in the last four seasons. The Kougar’s defeated #6 seeded Illinois Valley College on February 28th 87-82. In that game the Kougar’s were lead by 6’ 3” freshman point guard Kaylor Zimmerman (N.E.W. Lutheran HS Green Bay, WI) with 22pts, 6rebs, and 8asts. Also contributing in the win was 6’ 4” sophomore forward Raheem Lemons(Nicolet HS Milwaukee, WI.) who scored 19pts and collected 15rebs.  6’ 7” sophomore forward Harold Ridgeway(Plano HS) scored 14pts and hauled in 9rebs, and 6’ 4” freshman guard Marcel Neil(Kaneland HS) was the 4th Kougar in double figures with 10pts.  Kishwaukee moved on to defeat #2 seeded Triton College by a score of 119-100 on March 3rd. In their second playoff win the Kougar’s were lead by 6’ 3” freshman guard Taylor Lavery(Michigan City HS Dyre, IN.) with 29pts and 2asts, 6’ 5” freshman forward Donnell Cegers(Milwaukee Marquette HS, Milwaukee, WI.) with 22pts and 9rebs, 6’ 3” freshman point guard Kaylor Zimmerman(N.E.W. Lutheran HS Green Bay, WI) with 17pts, 3rebs, and 6asts, 6’ 6” sophomore guard Marlon Maxey(T. F. North HS) with 14pts, 6rebs, and 6asts, 6’ 7” sophomore forward Harold Ridgeway(Plano HS) with 10pts and 6rebs. The Kougar’s will face #1 seeded South Suburban College in the Region Championship at Illinois Valley College on March 9th at 7:30pm with the winner advancing to the NJCAA National Tournament played in Danville, IL.

2011-2012 Player Awards

Congratulations to sophomore shooting guard Scott Suchy who was awarded with both All-Conference & All-Region recognition for the 2011-2012 season. Scott was voted to the 2nd Team All-Arrowhead Conference while averaging 15.5ppg(ranked 3rd) and 6rpg(ranked 11th). Scott also shot 39.2% from 3pt range and 88.1% from the free-throw line in Arrowhead Conference games. Scott also was voted to the 2nd Team All-Region IV squad this season as well. The former Genoa-Kingston stand-out was the Kougars leading scorer with a 14.3ppg season average while also collecting 5.6rpg and dishing out 3.3apg. Scott also shot 39.2% from the 3pt line & 81.4% from the free-throw line on the season.

Congratulations also goes to 6’ 6” freshman forward Marlon Maxey who was named to the 2nd Team All-Arrowhead Conference Team this season. Marlon was the Arrowhead Conferences leading rebounder with a 10.9rpg average. Marlon was Kishwaukee’s 3rd leading scorer in conference play scoring 11.8ppg. Marlon collected “Double-Doubles” in points & rebounds in 8 of the 12 conference games. Marlon will also enter the Kishwaukee men’s basketball record books as the #7 All-Time Single Season Rebounder in school history with (365) rebounds during the 2011-2012 season. Marlon averaged on the year 13.1ppg(2nd on the team & 11.8rpg(1st on the team).

Another freshman forward 6’ 4” Raheem Lemons also places his name on the All-Time Single Season Rebounding list at #17 with (309) total rebounds during the 2011-2012 season. Raheem finishes with a 9.97rpg average(2nd on the team) to go with a scoring average of 12.9ppg(3rd on the team).

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Photos of the men's games, photo credit Todd Smith.

Former PG & All-Time Assist Leader Adrian Thomas Signs Pro Contract

Adrian Thomas (Kishwaukee College Men’s Basketball 2008-2010) is the new point guard for Team 08 Stockholm. He is a pure point guard and just graduated from Missouri Western University. We have looked for a leader, strong passer, good 3-point shooter, strong defensive player, diligent work ethic and the right character as our new point guard and Adrian has these qualities. He will join the team at some time in September, not yet determined. The team currently, has 10 players under contract and hopefully the two remaining spots will be filled shortly. It remains to be determined but they could be some real interesting names. Welcome to the 08 Stockholm Adrian!

August 24, 2011 Coach Tommie Hansson

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