Las Cruces, NM - New Mexico State head men’s basketball coach Chris Jans announced the addition of Shunn Buchanan for the upcoming 2017-18 season on Monday.
“Shunn is a complete point guard,” said Jans. “He makes plays for his teammates while quarterbacking the team and scores the ball when needed. Shunn’s ability to get into the paint with his ball skills, quickness and determination is a valuable asset. He is a wonderful kid with three years of eligibility remaining and a very bright future.”
The versatile 6-0 guard comes to Las Cruces from Northeast Mississippi Community College where he played alongside his brother, Leroy. Buchanan helped guide the Tigers to both the Mississippi Athletic Community and Jr. Colleges and the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 23 Championship game.
He averaged 12.7 points, 5.3 assists and 3.1 boards to go with his 47.5-percent shooting percentage and led NEMCC to a 21-8 overall record last season. Buchanan boosted his scoring average to 13.9 points during conference play for the Tigers and shot 54.3-percent from the floor. The Madison, Miss., native also shot 37-percent from beyond the arc last season.
Buchanan averaged 19.7 points in the month of February and led his team to a 9-3 record in MACJC play – good for first place in the northern division. He then went on to score 26 of the team’s 87 points in the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament semifinals and followed up with 17 points in the championship game.