Jaylin Jackson-Posey will be the floor leader for SFA in its second season in the WAC. Courtesy Western Athletic Conference.

Posey, Murphy Could Be Key Combo for SFA

SFA men’s basketball head coach Kyle Keller played a lot of freshman during the 2021-22 season. Four of them saw significant minutes. And all return for the Jacks including sophomore guard Jaylin Jackson-Posey.

Now that point guard David Kachelries has moved on after graduating, Posey is primed to be the floor leader for SFA. And because of that, Posey is the key returner that we will focus on in this article.

Along with Posey taking over for Kachelries, another pair of big shoes has to be filled. Those are the shoes left by First Team All-WAC selection Gavin Kensmil. The 6-7 senior forward averaged a team-best 16.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. All this while playing over 31 minutes per contest in 2021-22. Kensmil is headed to France to play professionally. And this leaves a big time void in the paint for the Jacks.

But, Kansas State transfer Montavious Murphy is expected to fill that role. It is all about staying healthy which is something we will focus on for this key newcomer.

Key Returner:

Jaylin Jackson-Posey 6-2, So, G, Midland, Texas

Can Jaylin Jackson-Posey be THE guy for SFA? That is the big question. And one that head coach Kyle Keller hopes the answer to is yes. Posey played in 31 games as a true freshman and started in seven. And while the stats aren’t off the chart, they still solid. 7.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 67 assists in 22 minutes per game. Efficient.

Now, Posey is going to step into the starting point guard role. And has to fill in for a guy who started in 53 straight games for the Jacks over the past two seasons. David Kachelries was the floor general for Kyle Keller and the Jacks. Now, Keller expects Posey to step into that same role.

“If Jaylin Jackson-Posey can be THE guy for us, then we will be really good,” Keller said.

Key Newcomer:

Montavious Murphy 6-9, Jr, F, Transfer – Kansas State

Replacing a First-Team All-WAC selection who was one of the best finishers around the rim in the country is not going to be easy. But, Kyle Keller and his staff had an emphasis to get bigger after their first season in the WAC.

Injury-prone Motavious Murphy comes over from Kansas State to potentially take over for Kensmil in the paint for the Jacks.

“I think championships are won in the paint,” Keller said on the Straight Outta WAC podcast. “Motavious Murphy hasn’t played in a year and a half. Recruited him out of high school, went to K-State, started every game as a freshman at K-State. And, you know, terrific kid…does a little bit of everything.”

Murphy started 16 games as a true freshman, most by any true freshman at Kansas State. But injuries have hampered Murphy’s career. During that freshman season in 2019-20, Murphy missed 13 games due to injury. Then, during his sophomore season, only played in four games before knee surgery ended his season.

Due to all the injuries, there isn’t much to go by for the 6-9, 230-pounder from Spring, Texas. Murphy averaged 4.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in just 23 games as a Wildcat. But, we have seen another player recently in the WAC whose stats at their prior school were not off the charts. And that player won WAC Defensive Player of the Year honors in back-to-back seasons. Could Murphy be that guy? It is possible if he can stay healthy.

Murphy will team up with SFA’s other bigs in 6-9 forward Jalil Beaubrun, 6-5 sophomore Day Day Hall and potentially 6-9 Nana Antwi-Boasiako. SFA has depth all over the floor. It is all about staying healthy for the Jacks.

About the author

Kyle McDonald

Love everything about WAC Hoops so decided I wanted to write more about it and cover this amazing conference that just keeps getting better. Follow us on Twitter @wachoopsdigest for information, game analysis and much more.

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