Tahjere McCall

#5 Tahjere McCall

HT. 6-5
WT. 195
YR. R-Sr.
HOMETOWN Philadelphia, Pa.
PREV. SCHOOL Niagara University

2016-17 OVC Defensive Player of the Year
2016-17 First Team All-OVC
2016-17 Preseason All-OVC
2016-17 NABC Second Team All-District 19
2016-17 BOXTOROW First Team All-America
2016-17 CollegeInsider.com Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America Team
OVC Player of the Week (11/14/16)
OVC Player of the Week (1/9/17)
2015-16 OVC Defensive Player of the Year
2015-16 First Team All-OVC
2015-16 OVC All-Newcomer Team
2015-16 NABC Second Team All-District 19
2015-16 BOXTOROW Third Team All-America
2015-16 OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll (3.25+ GPA)
OVC Newcomer of the Week (1/11/16)

As a Redshirt Senior, 2016-17 season: Earned OVC Defensive Player of the Year accolades for the second-consecutive season (3rd Player in league history to win the award multiple times)... First Team All-OVC selection for the second year in a row... Named Preseason All-OVC... Named BOXTOROW First Team All-America... Earned a spot on the CollegeInsider.com Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America Team... Started 27 games on the season… Second on the team with 14.3 points to go with 5.1 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game… Broke TSU’s single-season steals record against Eastern Kentucky (2/18/17) after setting the record of 72 a year ago… Led the OVC and ranked nationally in total steals (9th - 76) and steals per game (6th - 2.81)… Also finished 44th nationally with 5.1 assists per game and 65th in free throw attempts with 193…  Dished out 139 assists, which ranks eighth in TSU’s history for single-season assists… Scored in double figures 24 times on the season with five 20-plus scoring efforts… Three double-doubles… Scored 1,000th career Division I point on Jan. 7 versus UT Martin... Earned OVC Player of the Week on Nov. 14 and Jan. 9… Made 12 free throws as part of a 20-point effort in the season-opening victory over UC Davis (11/11/16)… Posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds against Reinhardt (11/26/16)… In a win at Lipscomb, hit the game-winning jumper with 8.4 seconds left and finished with a double-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds and five assists (12/3/16)… Against #5/4 Duke, tied for the team lead with 14 points and had a dunk that was No. 4 on Sportscenter’s Top 10 Plays of the Day on the night (12/19/16)… Posted 25 points, five steals and four rebounds against Kennesaw State (1/2/17)… Scored 27 points and added eight rebounds, four assists and three steals in a home win over Southeast Missouri (1/5/17)… Finished with 17 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and four steals in a win against UT Martin (1/7/17)… Had 19 points, nine assists and four steals against Jacksonville State (1/21/17)… Set a new career high with 12 assists as part of a double-double with 11 points at SIUE (1/25/17)… Went for 22 points against Belmont (1/28/17)… In Senior Night win over Eastern Kentucky, tallied 20 points, seven assists and seven rebounds (2/18/17)… Scored 12 points to go with seven rebounds and six assists in the OVC Tournament First Round against Southeast Missouri (3/1/17).

As a Redshirt Junior, 2015-16 season: First TSU player to earn Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year… First Team All-OVC… OVC All-Newcomer Team… NABC Second Team All-District 19… BOXTOROW Third Team All-America honoree... Played in all 31 games with 29 starts… Ranked second on the team with 14.6 points per game to go with 5.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 29.7 minutes per game… Posted a team-high 93 assists… Led TSU in scoring 12 times and assists in 15 games… Scored in double figures in 20 games… Put up 30-plus points twice… Set TSU’s single-season record with 72 steals… Ranked ninth in Division I with 2.32 steals per game… Scored 23 points in TSU debut versus Loyola Maryland (11/13/16)… Dished out a season-high eight assists in a home win over Stetson (12/5/15)… Posted 31 points, including 25 in the second half on 11-for-17 shooting in a win over Lipscomb (12/17/15)… Netted 24 points and seven rebounds at Eastern Illinois (1/6/16)… In a road loss at Belmont, scored a career-high 32 points on 11-for-14 shooting (1/24/16)… Picked up a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds at Tennessee Tech (1/28/16)… Shot 15-for-16 from the free throw line as part of a 23-point effort versus Morehead State (2/6/16)… Scored 17 points in TSU’s win over Belmont in the regular season finale (2/28/16)… Scored a team-high 16 points in the OVC Quarterfinals versus Austin Peay (3/3/16)… Posted 16 points, four assists and four steals in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament First Round versus Ball State (3/15/16)... Earned a spot on the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll (3.25+ GPA). 

2014-15 season: Sat out first season at Tennessee State per NCAA Transfer rules.

Niagara University, 2012-13 & 2013-14 seasons: Appeared in 59 games with 37 starts in two seasons at Niagara… Scored 330 total points to average 5.6 points per game… As a sophomore, made 14 starts in 27 appearances... Scored 15 points in the win over Buffalo (11/13)... Season-high five assists versus Western Carolina (11/23) ...Scored a then-career-high 16 points vs. Davidson (12/11)... Had a game-high six assists versus St. Bonaventure (12/21)... Scored a career-high 23 points vs. Rider (1/12)... Had a season-high seven assists and tied a career-high in minutes with 35 vs. Manhattan (2/9)... Led team with career-best two blocks at Fairfield (1/14)... Played in a career-high 37 minutes vs. Manhattan (2/16)... Led/tied team in rebounds once... Led/tied team in steals nine times... Led/tied team in assists 10 times... Led/tied team in blocks twice.

As a freshman, played in 32 games while starting in 22... Made first career start versus Hartford (12/12)... Scored eight points, grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, had three assists and one steal in 19 minutes in his career game in the season opener at Oregon State... Had a season-best four assists versus New Mexico State (11/18)... Set a season-best in assists with seven at Iona (11/28)... Grabbed a career-best nine rebounds at Buffalo (12/8)... Had a career-best three steals versus Hartford (12/12)... Made a career-best four free throws versus Marist (1/3)... Played in career-best 30 minutes at Brown (1/8)... Tied career-high with nine rebounds at Marist (2/15)... Had an assist in 24 games... Led team in rebounds three times... Led team in assists five times... Led team in steals six times.

CARVER HIGH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING & SCIENCE: Standout player for Carver High School of Engineering & Science, averaging 15.4 points per game as a senior including 16.5 ppg in league games... Led E&S to the Chris Smith Memorial Holiday Tournament and was named MVP of the two-day tournament after averaging 14.5 ppg and 4.5 apg... Helped lead E&S to a 21-2 record and league-best 12-1 mark en route to advancing to the Public League Class AAA Playoff Semifinals as a senior... Earned the Public League Division B MVP... The Philadelphia Daily News tabbed McCall as a “classic late bloomer” and ranked him as one the “best point guards” in the Philadelphia area... Named to the Daily News’ All-Public Team and was on the Daily News’ All-City honorable mention team.

Major: Graduated from TSU with a Bachelor's degree in Communications in Spring 2016. Pursuing Master's in Sports Administration
Son of: Tangy Knotts
Birthday: August 17, 1994

  Total 3-Point   Rebounds  
Year GP-GS Min/Avg FG-FGA PCT FG-FGA PCT FT-FTA PCT Off-Def Tot Avg PF-FO Ast TO Blk Stl Pts/Avg
*2012-13* 32-23 635/19.8 52-141 .369 0-2 .000 24-55 .436 53-53 106 3.3 69-2 78 67 1 38 128/4.0
*2013-14* 27-14 612/22.7 71-172 .413 2-24 .083 58-79 .734 33-48 81 3.0 80-5 53 59 7 34 202/7.5
2014-15  Redshirt Season
2015-16  31-29 932/30.1 138-303 .455 20-72 .278 158-209 .756 47-112 159 5.1 101-5 93 97 11 72 454/14.6
2016-17 27-27 868/32.1 127-292 .435 9-37 .243 123-193 .637 42-92 134 5.0 89-3 139 99 13 76 386/14.3
TSU TOTAL 58-56 1800/31.0 265-595 .445 29-109 .266 281-402 .699 89-204 293 5.1 190-8 232 196 24 148 840/14.5
CAREER TOTAL 117-93 3047/26.0 388-908 .427 31-135 .230 363-536 .677 175-305 480 4.1 339-15 363 322 32 220 1170/10.0

 * Played at Niagara University (NCAA Division I) for 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons *