Cliff "CJ" Bussey, a 6'1" guard, has signed with the Owens Community College men's basketball program.
The 2013 Toledo Central Catholic High School graduate played at NCAA Division II Carson-Newman University last year, but decided to transfer to Owens for his sophomore year.
While at Central Catholic, he was a three-year letter winner while leading the team to a 57-15 record over that span. In 2010-11, he helped lead the team to an appearance in the OHSAA Division I Final Four. In 2011-12, he led the team to a Three Rivers Athletic Conference (TRAC) championship and an appearance in the district championship game.
Bussey was a two-time Honorable Mention All-TRAC and All-District selection. He averaged 10.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.4 steals per game as a senior while shooting 60 percent from the field and 38 percent from 3-point range. Following the season, he participated in the Northwest Ohio District 7 All Star Game.
Bussey appeared in 13 games for Carson-Newman last year, where he averaged 2.2 points and shot 70.4 percent from the foul line in limited minutes.
Bussey becomes the second member of next year's Owens men's basketball recruiting class, although he will only have one year of eligibility. He joins Darren Groves, a 6'8" forward from Quakerdale Prep Academy/Thurgood Marshall High School in Dayton, Ohio.
The Owens men's basketball program has sent 11 players to four-year schools over the past three years, including nine at the NCAA Division I or Division II level. Under head coach Dave Clarke's guidance, the Owens men's basketball program has went 75-24 over the past three years.
Bussey is the second Central Catholic graduate in the past three years to play for Owens. He joins Jay Marquette, who played for Owens from 2011-13.