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SEMO basketball signs two standout guards for 2016-17 season

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

A pair of talented guards signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball at Southeast Missouri for next season.

Denzel Mahoney (6'4", 200) was the Florida 8A State Player of the Year as a junior.

He averaged 24 points and nine rebounds per contest en route to leading Hagerty High School to a runner-up finish in the state championship game last season.

A native of Oviedo, Florida, Mahoney buried 105 three-pointers a year ago, ranking third in the state.

He was also named the 2015 SAC Conference Player of the Year and earned second-team all-state honors. 

"We did not see anyone play harder in the July recruiting period than Denzel," said Southeast head coach Rick Ray.

"He is a talented scorer that will have a chance to contribute to our team early because of his physical strength and skill. Denzel is a great young man who will only add to the positive culture we are building here."

Ray Kowalski (6'3", 185) is a sharpshooter from Concord, North Carolina.

He averaged 19 points, five rebounds and 3.5 steals per game a year ago.

A two-year starter, Kowalski garnered all-conference and all-district accolades, while being tabbed the best shooter in Cabarrus County.

He shot 48 percent from 3-point range, dropping in 3.2 threes per game.

A preseason All-Cabarrus County selection, Kowalski enters his senior year needing 60 points to reach 1,000 in his career.

He ranks among the top 50 players in North Carolina, according to phenomhoopreport.com.

Kowalski played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Northside Christian Academy. The Knights won the state title both years that Kowalski was there, posting a combined record of 62-4.

"Ray caught our attention right away because of his ability to shoot the ball and his competitive fire," said Ray.

"He is a young man that works extremely hard to become a better basketball player. That work ethic carries over to the classroom where he excels. We look for Ray to step in and ease the loss of the perimeter shooting we are losing with Isiah Jones."

Both Mahoney and Kowalski enjoyed success on the AAU circuit, as well.

Mahoney played for the Q6 All Stars coached by Willie Anderson and Kowalski played for Pro Skills Basketball (PSB) Select under the direction of Coach Brendan Winters.

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