ju·​co | \ ˈjü-ˌkō How to pronounce juco (audio) \
plural jucos

Definition of juco

: junior college also : an athlete at a junior college

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Candice, Rayford's high school sweetheart, was a sophomore at the school—and there was little doubt that his son, like Rayford's father (who played juco ball) and his uncle (who played NAIA), would be a basketball player too. Dan Greene, SI.com, "How Trae Young Is Transforming Oklahoma While Doing the Unprecedented," 7 Feb. 2018 Jones, who was first-team all-district as a pitcher at his Houston-area high school, is signed to play baseball at San Jacinto College-North, a juco in Houston. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Meet the Phillies' Day 3 MLB draft picks, including one with a link to Mariah Carey," 6 June 2018 The 6-foot-5, 230-pound forward has delivered on the mismatch abilities that drew Moser to check him out in that juco tournament. Shannon Ryan, chicagotribune.com, "Loyola senior Aundre Jackson goes from juco 'grind' to NCAA tournament," 14 Mar. 2018 The juco reliance also can be seen as an indictment of KU’s ability to develop players under Beaty. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "Why KU football went juco-heavy in recruiting … 5 years after that plan backfired," 7 Feb. 2018 Coaches have long viewed junior-college transfers as quick fixes for roster holes, and the better juco recruits do tend to have more of an instant, quality impact (an 18% success rate in the chart above) than do recruits outside the top 50. Dan Hanner & Luke Winn, SI.com, "The art and science of predicting a college basketball season," 12 Oct. 2016 The Jayhawks now have 14 signed for the 2018 recruiting class, which includes nine juco players and five high-schoolers. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "Three-star running back picks KU over two perennial football powers," 22 Dec. 2017 One other juco player on campus is TE Christopher DeLoach, who played at Columbus (Miss.) High and is now at Decatur (Miss.) East Central Community College. Chris Hays, OrlandoSentinel.com, "UCF making it's pitch to visiting Louisville commit OT Adonis Boone," 16 Dec. 2017 Banks graduated from Penscaola West Florida Tech in 2015 and signed originally with Murray State before deciding to go the juco route. Chris Hays, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Gators continue to bulk up with commitment from juco OT Noah Banks," 19 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of juco

1939, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for juco

junior college

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