NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State men’s basketball Head Coach Brian “Penny” Collins bolstered his roster on Friday, announcing the addition of Michael Littlejohn (Muskegon, Mich.) and Damarri Moore (Brooklyn, N.Y.) to the program.
Littlejohn and Moore played at Southwest Tennessee Community College on one of the top junior college teams in the nation. The high-scoring Saluqis averaged 89.1 points per game with 12 players averaging 10 or more minutes per game on the floor. Under the direction of Jerry Nichols, they played a major role in helping Southwest Tennessee finish 24-5 and rank 18th in the final NJCAA poll.
The two student-athletes join Monty Johal (Springfield, Mo.) as the first official additions to the roster since Collins took over the program on March 26.
“I’m extremely excited about how this recruiting class is coming together," Collins said. "The student-athletes we are adding really fill the holes and the gaps in this roster. We really feel like we needed to go out and get some guards who could score the basketball and really shoot it, and we feel like we handled that with Michael and Monty. We wanted to add length to the frontcourt. With a guy like Damarri, he can play multiple positions at 6-8. He can play the three and the four and guard one through four. I think this will help my time here start in the right way. The way we want to play, these guys fit that style.”
Michael Littlejohn | 5-10 | Guard | Junior in 2018-19
Muskegon, Mich. | Southwest Tennessee Community College
“Michael Littlejohn is an explosive scorer," Collins said. "He’s obviously coming in with some experience from the junior college level. He’s a phenomenal shooter. He’s had eight threes in a game this year and seven threes in a half. He’s a winner - he won a state championship in high school. He’s been coached, playing for Jerry Nichols at Southwest Tennessee Community College. He’s a competitor. He’ll bring those leadership qualities and overall winning mentality to our program.”
- The 5-10 point guard will be a junior for the Tigers in the 2018-19 season
- Arrives in Nashville after excelling at Southwest Tennessee Community College as a sophomore in 2017-18
- Named First Team All-Tennessee Community College Athletic Association Region 7
- Led Southwest Tennessee Community College in scoring (14.4 ppg), assists (3.2 apg) and three-point shooting (42.9 percent)
- Shot 88-of-205 from three-point range
- Scored in double figures in 21 games, with 20-plus points in five games
- Played freshman season in 2016-17 at Southeastern Illinois College (JUCO)
- Led the team in scoring with 18.0 points per game with 84 made threes on the season
- Scored in double figures 22 times on the season, including four games with 30 or more points (career-high 38 points versus Wabash Valley)
- Played his high school ball at Muskegon in Michigan, earning All-State Honorable Mention as a senior during the 2015-16 season
- Won high school state championship as a sophomore
- Played with current Memphis Grizzlies forward Deyonta Davis at Muskegon High School
Damarri Moore | 6-8 | Forward | Junior in 2018-19
Brooklyn, N.Y. | Southwest Tennessee Community College
“Damarri Moore is going to be a Swiss Army Knife for us," Collins said. "He’s a guy who can play multiple positions, and we plan on him being a mismatch problem in the OVC. He’s extremely athletic, he has an uncanny ability to pass the ball and he’ll be able to create for himself and others. He comes from a winning program, and he’s been coached by Jerry Nichols. He’s a great kid that wants to be part of something special.”
- An athletic 6-8 forward with playmaking ability, Moore is set to begin his junior season at TSU in 2018-19
- The Brooklyn, N.Y. native played his sophomore season in 2017-18 at Southwest Tennessee Community College
- Averaged 5.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game
- Shot 65.3 percent from the floor
- Scored in double figures five times and posted 11 games with four or more assists
- Had 13 games with six or more rebounds as a sophomore
- Played freshman season at Southeastern Iowa Community College in 2016-17
- Averaged 7.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game while shooting 61.1 percent from the field
- Had nine games with 10 or more points and three double-figure rebounding efforts
- Played high school basketball at Westinghouse High School in Brooklyn, N.Y.
- Named All-Brooklyn Honorable Mention by Brooklyn Daily as a senior in 2016.