POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Head coach Chris Oney and his Region XXIII Champion Pearl River Wildcats have added an important blend of experience and depth in their latest signees, Jacorrius Stanfield and Jayven Humphrey. Stanfield was a prep star at Okolona, while Humphrey, a Tupelo standout, is transferring from Motlow State in Tennessee.
Stanfield joins Pearl River fresh off of back-to-back MHSAA Class 1A State Championship appearances with Okolona. The 5-foot-7 guard helped OHS win the title in 2018 alongside fellow Wildcat Cameron Smith (Okolona) and then led the Chieftains back to the championship game last season.
The Daily Journal Boys Player of the Year in 2019, Stanfield averaged 20.5 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and seven steals as a senior. His steals mark was tops in Mississippi, according to the Daily Journal.
Stanfield was also selected to the Mississippi North-South All-Star Game.
"The first thing that comes to mind when I think about Jacorrius is his speed," Oney said. "He's a kid who can get the ball from one end to the other in the blink of an eye. He'll be able to jumpstart the offense and make sure everyone's in position to help us get easy baskets.
"He'll also be able to be disruptive on the defensive end."
Humphrey will add experience to the Wildcats having already competed at the JUCO level for Motlow State.
As a freshman, the wing averaged 8.2 points with 3.9 rebounds in 29 games for Motlow State.
"With Humphrey you know exactly what you're getting," Oney said. "Coming from a great program at Tupelo, he brings an experience and toughness that will be much needed going into the 2019-20 season."
Oney envisions Humphrey playing either shooting guard or small forward for the Wildcats next season. Regardless where he slots into the lineup, Oney expects him to make an impact.
"He's a guy I can just put on the floor and he'll figure out what's needed to help the team win," Oney said.
2019 SIGNING CLASS
Humphrey and Stanfield join a 2019 signing class that already includes transfers Rod Brown (Wichita State), Kailex Stephens(Francis Marion), Tae Hardy (East Carolina) along with prep signees Earl Smith (Jackson; Lanier), Kolby Moore (Clinton), Dontae Jackson(Gulfport), Dontavious Proby (Biloxi), Jariyon Wilkens (Biloxi) and Jarron Wilkens (Biloxi).
(NOTE: Photos of Stanfield and Humphrey courtesy of Daily Journal in Tupelo, Mississippi.)