Six of the eight Otero Junior college men's basketball sophomore players have determined where they will continue their careers and education, while two more are currently undecided.

"It was a really special group," said OJC coach Brendan O'Connor. "I'm proud that these guys put the team first all year and now they're receiving the individual accolades and scholarships that they deserve by putting their teammates first. We had a special year with a lot of records broken. But the most important thing is the relationships these guys have had with each other over the last two years."

Of the six who signed, four of them will continue their careers at NCAA Division I schools.

Jervae Robinson will play in the PAC 12 Conference with Washington State University. Josh McNair will head to the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay. Jonathan Scott will go to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Chudier Bile will take his talents to Bradley University out of Peoria, Illinois.

The other two will go to Division II schools as Will Wittman will remain in Colorado and attend Fort Lewis College. Andre Arissol will head to Chaminade University out of Hawaii.

Jesse Barnes and Sekou Cisse are currently undecided, but both have also received Division I attention.

"Currently four guys are signed to Division I and possible Jesse Barnes and Sekou Cisse have Division I interest, so it's possible that six of these guys will go Division I," O'Connor said. "Andre and Will are headed to great Division II institutions. So we're looking forward to seeing the next chapter of their basketball and academic careers."

This season, the Rattlers went 29-5 on the season. They won the National Junior College Athletic Association Region IX South Division championship, and they were the Region IX runners-up. Otero also advanced to the NJCAA Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas, for the third time in the school's history.

Now that these individuals will be departing, the next task for O'Connor and his assistant Lucas Archuleta is to go on the recruiting trail to replace what they are losing. It will not be an easy task.

"It's the nature of the beast in junior college and so you just try to find the right people more than anything that will buy into the Otero way," O'Connor said. "That's the way we've had success, so we'll try to continue to do that."