Motlow Bucks kicks off season on Nov. 1

Former Raider point guard Brayden Cashion (second from right) is one of five returning starters on this year’s Motlow Bucks men’s basketball team. They start play on November 1 at Calhoun Community College. (Photo Courtesy of Motlow)

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — If you get the chance to check out a Motlow Bucks Men’s Basketball game this fall, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for #11, former Moore County Raider point guard Brayden Cashion, who will return for his sophomore season in 2022.

Cashion is one of 20 players assembled by Motlow State men’s basketball coach Arthur Latham for the upcoming 2022-23 season. Practice begins October 1. The Bucks will open the new campaign at Calhoun Community College in Decatur, AL, on Tuesday, November 1. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

“We have got a perfect mix of freshmen and sophomores,” said Latham, entering his sixth season as head coach. “Our returning players should mesh well with our newcomers. We need those returning players to provide leadership and accountability to the newer guys. Leadership starts at the top and will work its way down to those who want to win.”

The Bucks feature several returning players who contributed significantly last season, including four who played in at least 20 games in 2021-22. The roster also includes a number of student-athletes who played their high school basketball within minutes of Motlow’s Moore County campus.

Motlow returns five starters

Among the returners is former Raider point guard Brayden Cashion, a 6’0 guard from Moore County High School in Lynchburg, who played in 24 games and averaged five points while shooting 42 percent from 3-point range and 83 percent from the foul line.

Other returneres include:

Kolbe Gray, a 5’11 point guard from Bowling Green, played in all 28 games and averaged 11.3 points, 4.3 assists, and 2.8 rebounds while shooting 34% from 3-point range and 83% at the free throw line.

Dylan Wade is a 6’5 forward from McGavock High School in Nashville. Wade played in 21 games, averaging six points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

Kane Reed is a 6’4 forward from Franklin County High School in Winchester who played in 21 games and averaged 4.3 points and 1.4 rebounds while shooting over 50% from the field.

Javon Martin, a 5’11 point guard from Clarksville, played in 13 games and averaged four points and 1.3 rebounds last year. Qui’Lon Bennett, a 5’8 guard from St. Louis also returns. Tyler Du’Bose, a 6’10 sophomore from New Haven, Connecticut, returns after being on the roster but not playing in 2021-22.

Newcomers and transfers bring in needed size

Newcomers from the immediate area include 6’5 forwards Debron Russell and Taylor Stovall, both from Franklin County High School in Winchester; Aiden Abellana, a 5’9 point guard from Coffee County High School in Manchester; Zac Campbell, 6’7 forward from Grundy County High School. Jackson Twombly, a 6’8 freshman from Woodford County High School in Frankfort, KY will redshirt.

Other additions include Lawrence Montgomery, 6’4 guard from Springfield, KY; Isaiah Curry, 5’11 point guard from Huntsville; David Giddens, 6’7 forward from Atlanta; Andrew Lamuno, 6’1 guard from Brentwood; LaVonte Harris, 6’7 forward from Louisville; and MiQuan Tucker, 6’8 forward from Pearl Cohn High School in Nashville.

The roster also includes a pair of impressive transfers. Raymon Adams, a 6’8 forward from Lipscomb Academy in Nashville comes to the Bucks via NCAA Division II Central State University in Ohio. Matthew Jones comes from NJCAA Division I Trinidad State in Colorado. Jones played his prep basketball at Laney High School in Augusta, Georgia.

“Our biggest strength this season may be our size,” added Latham. “We have gotten much bigger and stronger. Our focus is on getting everybody on the same page and buying into our process.”


No.         Name                                    Position               Class      Ht           Wt          Hometown/High School

0              Raymon Adams                 Forward               SO          6’8          200         Nashville/Lipscomb
1              Javon Martin                      Point Guard        SO          5’11        165         Clarksville/Clarksville
2              Matthew Jones                 Forward               FR           6’8          200         Augusta, GA/Laney
3              Isaiah Curry                        Point Guard        FR           5’11        180         Huntsville/Mae Jemison
4              Kolbe Gray                          Guard                   SO          5’11        175         Bowling Green, KY/B Green
5              David Giddens                   Forward               FR           6’7          195         Atlanta/Montverde Ady, FL
10           Andrew Lamuno               Point Guard        FR           6’1          170         Brentwood/Ravenwood
11           Brayden Cashion              Guard                   SO          6’0          175         Lynchburg/Moore Co.
12           Zac Campbell                     Forward               SO          6’7          200         Coalmont/Grundy Co.
14           Lawrence Montgomery Guard                   SO          6’4          210         Springfield, KY/Hardin
15           Taylor Stovall                     Forward               FR           6’5          175         Winchester/Franklin Co
20           Aiden Abellana                  Point Guard        FR           5’9          155         Manchester/Coffee Co.
21           Qui’Lon Bennett               Guard                   SO          5’8          155         St. Louis/Fort Zumwalt
22           Jackson Twombly             Forward               RS           6’8          200         Frankfort, KY/Woodford Co.
23           LaVonte Harris                   Forward               FR           6’7          180         Louisville, KY/Jeffersontown
24           Kane Reed                          Forward               SO          6’5          185         Winchester/Franklin Co.
25           Debron Russell                  Forward               FR           6’5          175         Winchester/Franklin Co.
30           MiQuan Tucker                 Forward               FR           6’6          185         Nashville/Pearl Cohn
32           Dylan Wade                        Forward               SO          6’5          215         Nashville/McGavock
44           Tyler Du’Bose                    Center                  SO          6’10        225         New Haven, CT/Lee Ady

The first home game is Saturday, Nov. 12, when Motlow hosts Volunteer State in a 4 p.m. TCCAA conference contest at Copperweld Arena on Motlow’s Moore County campus. Admission is free. Follow the Bucks all season at and @MotlowMBB, and @motlowsports. •

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