West Windsor, N.J. – Former Mercer County Community College (MCCC) basketball teammates Gary Carthan and Jonathan Jernigan, who played together in 2010-11, faced off as opponents in a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) game in December. Carthan is now a junior at Rowan University and Jernigan is a senior at Rutgers-Camden. The Dec. 2 game at Rutgers-Camden was an intense contest that RU-Camden won 71-70. (Carthan scored six points and had four rebounds in 15 minutes of play and Jernigan finished with nine points in 27 minutes of play.)
Both Carthan and Jernigan, who continue to work towards their bachelor’s degrees, acknowledge that their college journeys have been longer than average. Carthan spent several years at Mercer studying Exercise Science, with the intent to transfer and continue his basketball career. He accomplished that goal this fall, when he was accepted at Rowan as an Exercise Science major and given the chance to try out for the team.
Carthan has been making the most of his opportunities on the court, averaging 5.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 13.2 minutes per game off the bench in 14 games. In a November game against Washington College, he scored 14 points in his 13 minutes. (Carthan was a huge asset during his two years as a Viking, helping the team advance to the NJCAA Division II National Championship in his freshman season. As a sophomore, he was selected to the All-Region 19 Second Team and the All-Garden State Athletic Conference Second Team.)
Following the 2010-11 season, Jernigan transferred to Delaware Valley College, where he continued to play ball. This year, he transferred to Rutgers-Camden.