Four Roadrunners Announce College Choices Post SFCC
Four State Fair Community College (SFCC) men’s basketball student-athletes announced where they will continue their college studies and play.
Uros Gatic will attend the University of Manitoba in Canada; Jamar Madge Jr. will attend Lincoln University in Jefferson City; Yame Butler will attend Drexel University in Philadelphia; and Cam Tweedy has chosen to attend Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey.
The four helped lead the Roadrunners to a 15-15 record and an appearance in the Region 16 Tournament Semifinal.
Gatic averaged 4.3 points, 1.7 rebounds, and converted 83.3% of his free-throw attempts in 27 games, of which he started nine. Gatic scored a SFCC career-high 16 points against Next Level Prep.
Gatic played in 16 games during the 2020-2021 season. He averaged 2.2 points per game and pulled down 2.4 rebounds.
“The coaching staff at the University of Manitoba values his shooting and ability to stretch the defense,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Matt Brown. “Uros really appreciated the opportunity that he had here and he is one of the hardest working players that we’ve had.”
Madge earned NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete honors during the 2021-2022 season.
In 12 games last season, Madge started in seven, and averaged 9.8 points and 2.8 assists per contest. Madge scored an SFCC career high 22 points against Missouri State University-West Plains.
During the 2020-2021 season Madge averaged 12.1 points per contest, while playing in 12 games and starting 10.
“Jamar will get to play in a really good conference and close to home,” said Brown. “The coaching staff at Lincoln values his ability to score and his leadership ability.”
Butler started in 17 of 29 games, averaged 10.2 points, 3.1 assists (a team-high), and 1.3 steals per game. Butler twice scored a season-high 19 points against Moberly Area Community College and St. Louis Community College, a game in which Butler scored five three-point shots.
Butler was named to the Men's Basketball All-Region Division I Second Team and Men's Basketball Missouri Community College Athletic Conference All-Conference Second Team.
“Yame is already on a foreign tour this summer with Drexel,” said Brown. “They like his ability as a bigger guard. I think he will be a good fit for their style of basketball.”
Tweedy started in 27 of 30 games, in which he averaged 13.1 points, 7.0 rebounds (both team-highs), and 2.4 assists per game. Tweedy scored a season-high 23 points against Mineral Area College and a season-high 15 rebounds against Link Year Prep. Tweedy recorded double-digit rebounds eight times during his freshman campaign and scored in double figures 22 times.
Tweedy was named to the Men's Basketball All-Region Division I First Team as well as the Men's Basketball Missouri Community College Athletic Conference All-Conference First Team.
“The new coaching staff at Fairleigh Dickinson likes his ability to rebound and score around the basket,” said Brown. “I’m really excited for Cam; his goal was to move on to play Division I basketball. He was a good rebounder who could score for us. At the next level, they will expect him to be able to be more consistent around the perimeter. I know he has the skill set and determination to be that type of guy.”
SFCC has had tremendous success under Brown’s direction in getting players transferred to continue their college education.
“Our program has had 14 student-athletes sign to play at the Division I level in the last five years, along with several others who have gone on to play at other levels,” said Brown. “It is really neat to be able to watch guys accomplish their goals, both academically and athletically.”
– David Rohrbach, SFCC Athletics