The trio of guards . . .
Antunez has played the last two seasons at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, ID and helped the Cardinals to a 31-2 win-loss mark in 2015-16 en route to a Scenic West Athletic Conference title and a No. 3 ranking in the final National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll. He earned second-team all-region accolades this past season after averaging 8.4 points, 3.8 assists, 3.7 assists and 1.5 steals with a 45.1 FG%, 31.3 three-point FG% and 87.8 FT% in 23.5 minutes per game.
“Lucas is a tall, long point guard who has incredible vision,” Kowalczyk said. “He’s won 56 games over the last two years at North Idaho, and we feel he can come in and help make us a better team with his ability to run an offense and put teammates in good scoring positions.”
Dzierzawski also played for one of the nation’s top junior-college squads, as he helped Moberly (MO) Area Community College to the NJCAA national tourney. He scored a team-best 15.2 ppg, to go along with 3.1 rpg, 2.3 apg and 1.2 spg. He also tallied a 46.1 FG%, 27.3 three-point FG% and 82.6 FT%.
“Daniel is a combination guard who can really score and plays downhill,” Kowalczyk said. “He can play both guard positions, but I think he may be a little more comfortable playing off the ball. We certainly feel he can come in and score for us.”
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A first-team Kansas Basketball Coaches Association (KBCA) all-state selection this past year, Roberts was tabbed the Lawrence Journal-World All-Area Player of Year after averaging 19.9 points, 3.1 assists and 3.0 steals per game as a senior for Lawrence High School. Roberts finished as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,549 points and led the Lions to Class 6A Final Four appearances as a junior and senior.
“Justin is a coach’s son who understands how to run a team,” Kowalczyk said. “He’s unbelievably tough and he has an opportunity to be an impact player for us.”
The Rockets are returning six letterwinners from last year’s 17-15 squad, including third-team All-MAC guard Jonathan Williams (17.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg). UT also will have back senior forward Zach Garber (6.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg), senior guard Jordan Lauf (4.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg), sophomore forward Taylor Adway (1.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg), sophomore forward Nate Navigato (8.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg) and sophomore guard Jaelan Sanford (8.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg).