Former JUCO star English brings big-game experience to Bonaventure

photo courtesy of gobonnies.sbu.edu

By Matt Stasiw

St. Bonaventure sophomore guard Jaren English has experience playing in high-level atmosphere. 

At Ranger College in Texas, English helped lead the Rangers to the 2019 National Junior College Athletic Association Division I national championship game. 

“It was crazy, mind boggling honestly”, English said of his team’s postseason run. “I got a lot of experience. No one expected us to come out and play, but we shocked the world”. 

The Rangers finished 31-4 last year, and English scored 12 points per game to go along with five rebounds per game.

English now realizes he can play a big role in helping the Bonnies win this season. 

“I need to be the most reliable and trustworthy guy I can be,” English said. “I’m all about the team.” 

English has high expectations for himself and the team. 

“Atlantic 10 title, NCAA tournament run”, he said.

Both are achievable for English if he plays tough. 

English said that he hopes to make his family proud, as well. 

My mom gave me her all,” he said. “I want to work a lot harder to make her proud when she can come and watch me play.”

English and the Bonnies will begin the year by hosting a preseason exhibition against Alfred University on Wednesday.

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