Sep 10, 2018 Men's Basketball

Men’s Basketball announces the signing of 4 student athletes for the 2018-19 season.

Cougars’ Men’s Basketball signs four top recruits for 2018-19

Fairfax HS duo Reagan, Rainbow join juco transfers Tovias, Williams as new faces this season

Phoenix, Arizona – September 10, 2018 – South Mountain Community College is proud to announce that four student-athletes officially declared their intentions to attend SMCC this fall and play basketball for Dan Nichols’ Cougars’ Men’s Basketball program this winter.  A pair of sophomore transfers, Carlos Tovias (South Dakota School of Mines & Technology) and Zachary Williams (Feather River College), join a pair of high school graduates of Betty H. Fairfax High in Laveen, Makael Rainbow and Donovan Reagan, for the Cougars’ 2018-19 men’s basketball season.  The four will join Daijon Smith, who signed with the Cougars from Overland High School in Colorado in April, as part of the first full recruiting class of Cougars’ Men’s Head Basketball Coach Dan Nichols, who begins his second year at the helm (in his third tour of duty at SMCC).  The announcements come a little more than two months before the Cougars take the court for the first time November 7th at home against Taylor Made Prep.


For Carlos Tovias, heading to the Valley of the Sun signals a return to the southern part of the United States.  Tovias grew up in Corsicana, Texas, near Dallas, and played three years on the varsity boys’ basketball squad at Corsicana High School.  Tovias was the Tigers’ starting point guard in each of his last two years, helping lead CHS to their first-ever berth in the Region II 5A Area Playoffs as a junior, and earning 1st Team All-District honors twice.  Last year, he headed to Rapid City to fill a backup guard role for the Hardrockers of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.  Tovias played in 22 games in 2017-18.


Speaking of players who led their previous schools to historic seasons, Cougars’ Head Men’s Basketball Coach Dan Nichols can only hope that Zachary Williams can repeat the magic he helped create at Feather River College in northern California.  The 6’8” Williams, who will be in the mix for the forward role at SMCC, has won championships at both the high school and college level.  As a freshman at FRC, Williams was one of the Golden Eagles’ top contributors off the bench, averaging nearly eight points and four rebounds per game in helping lead Feather River to their first-ever berth in the California Community College Athletic Association’s Final Four, winning the Golden Valley Conference Championship along the way.  Williams grew up just 95 miles away from Feather River in the town of Galena, Nevada.  A three-year varsity letterman in basketball at Galena High School, Williams was a standout junior on GHS’s Galena Region Championship team in 2015.


Both Makael Rainbow and Donovan Reagan know a thing or two about playoff appearances, since they were both part of Fairfax High School’s run to the second round of the 2018 AIA Boys’ Basketball State Championships last February.  Rainbow only spent one year at FHS (after transferring from Red Mountain High School in Mesa), but certainly made the most of his time with the Stampede.  Rainbow averaged over 23 points per game in the 12 games he played at Fairfax, and was the team’s leading scorer.  What Rainbow didn’t take care of as a starting backcourt man for FHS, Reagan more than picked up the slack from his starting forward position.  Reagan, a three-year varsity letterman with the Stampede, helped lead Fairfax to back-to-back 20-win seasons in his final two years in Laveen, and was their ‘go-to’ guy as a senior.  In 2017-18, Reagan averaged a ‘double-double’ of 19.8 points per game to go along with 10.4 rebounds per contest.  He also contributed over four assists and two blocked shots per game as a senior.


Their new head coach is already expecting big things from all four of them with a Cougar squad that-in many ways-will start fresh, since Nichols has only three players returning from last year’s squad.


“We have added length skill & speed,” Nichols said.  “What I really like is they have the toughness to get us over.”


The Cougars finished the 2017-18 season with an overall record of 19-12, and with a 12-10 mark in ACCAC play.IMG_1548