West Windsor, N.J. - Mercer County Community College (MCCC) sophomore Donovon Guess topped off his award-winning 2018-19 basketball season by earning a spot on the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II All-American Second team.
The honor comes in a year in which Guess regularly made Mercer history. He first joined the record books on Feb. 7, when he scored his 1,000th career point in an 85-75 win over rival Essex County. Guess was later recognized on the NJCAA Region 19 First Team, and then again as the Region 19 Player of the Year.
“We are proud of Donny’s accomplishments on the court over the last 2 years,” said Head Coach Howard Levy. “He was an important part of our team’s success and developed into more than just a great shooting guard during his time at Mercer.”
That Guess was able to leave his individual mark at Mercer is surprising given the team’s brand of play. According to assistant Coach Stan Tuchez, the Vikings pride themselves on being unselfish.
“Our game plan involves moving with and without the ball and getting the open guy a good look. All five players get touches,” Tuchez said. “It’s incredible that Donovon was able to accomplish those individual milestones while thriving as a team player.”
Guess’ selflessness was apparent on a nightly basis. The Vikings won all of their games in which Guess tallied four or more assists, and the team’s final 19-10 record stands as the program’s first winning record since the 2014-15 season.
“Donny collected a lot of accolades this year, but in my opinion his biggest accomplishment is that he is making it through Mercer,” Tuchez added. “His contributions this season were part of what made this year successful. Donny's best is ahead of him and I am excited to see where he goes next.”