For the first time in nearly two decades, Kilgore College men's basketball can add a new banner to the Masters Gymnasium walls.
"It's something they haven't done in 19 years," says sophomore Chinedu Amajoyi. "So for us to go out there is going to be very fun."
As the Region XIV regular season champs, the Rangers have qualified for the national tournament for the first time since 1994.
"We were real excited," said sophomore Nardie Bogues. "The locker room was full of joy."
Bogues is a big reason for the Rangers rise. Standing at 5 feet 9 inches tall, Bogues happens to be the shortest guy on the roster.
"He's the leader of the team on the floor," said Amajoyi.
Teammate Maurice Taylor calls Bogues his 'Little homie.'
Short jokes are nothing new to Bogues or his family. Nardies uncle is Muggsy Bogues. The shortest player in NBA history. The former Charlotte Hornets star was only 5 feet 3 inches tall.
"Everyone in my family is short," said Nardie. "On that side, I think I'm the tallest person in the family."
Being short has never been a problem for Nardie for his uncle.
"Height doesn't mean anything," said Nardie. "Anyone can do anything. Don't let anyone tell you, you can't do anything."
Nardie says he talks with his uncle Muggsy before every Kilgore game. It's an advantage few players have.
"It's just a bonus," he said. "I feel as though having him on my side is another step to get me where I want to be. As a team I just want us to win the whole thing."
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