Dec 11, 2013

Chargers Basketball Ranked 10th Nationally

(COLUMBIA, Tenn. - Dec. 19, 2013) - - - Off to an 11-0 start, the Columbia State Community College men's basketball team currently sits in the number 10 spot according to the Dec. 17 National Junior College Athletic Association Top 25 poll.

The Division I team is led by Brian Collins, who is in his second year as head basketball coach at Columbia State. After ending last season with a 10-16 record, Collins is confident that his players have what it takes to go all the way this year.

"We're extremely excited for our college to get that kind of recognition," Collins said. "If we continue to do things right on and off the floor, we'll have a chance to compete and stay in ranking. This is not a reason for us to relax."

Collins commented that he has a lot of talent on his team this year, including guard Arturs Bremers of the Republic of Latvia, who has already committed to North Carolina Agricultural and Technological State University next fall.

T.J. Dunans, a freshman from Atlanta and 6-foot-5 guard, was the NJCAA player of the week for the week of Dec. 3. He is currently sought-after by both the University of Tennessee and Auburn University.

Leading the nation in assists is Justin Pride, freshman point guard. Averaging 8.5 assists per game, he is consistently where he needs to be to set up the scoring shot.

By staying consistent and keeping their rhythm going, the men's basketball team is positioned to continue to make its mark in the region, state and nation.

After a short winter break, the Chargers will return to the court Jan. 3-4 for the West Plains Classic in West Plains, Mo. The next regular season game will tip off Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. at Jackson State Community College.

Columbia State is a two-year college, serving a nine-county area in southern Middle Tennessee with locations in Columbia, Franklin, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Clifton. As Tennessee's first community college, Columbia State is committed to increasing access and enhancing diversity at all five campuses. Columbia State is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, the sixth largest higher education system in the nation. For more information, please visit