DCCC holds Blue/White scrimmage

Oct. 31, 2012 @ 03:50 PM

Fans got their first look at Davidson County Community College’s basketball team Sunday at the annual Blue/White scrimmage in Brinkley Gym.

While there were some highlight reel moments, head coach Matt Ridge was not as impressed. He saw a team that has a long way to go, especially with only one returning player who saw significant minutes in the 2011-12 season.

“We are very inexperienced,” he said. “I think we will be a much different team in late January and February than we are right now.”

Last year, Ridge guided the Storm to a 29-7 record that included a Tarheel Conference regular season title. A stellar season for most programs, but not DCCC. The Storm missed out on a national tournament berth, something they expect to achieve each year.

For a junior college team, Davidson had what would be considered to be a veteran squad with three key players who returned. The same cannot be said this season. Torian Showers is the only returning starter with his 8.0 scoring average. Davidson will basically start from scratch, something that is very common at the NJCAA Division III level.

“There is such turnover in junior college basketball, it is not uncommon for us to only have one or two returnees,” Ridge said. “Two years ago we went 34-2 with only two returnees, and two years ago the national champion had no returnees. This is not uncommon and our kids have been working hard and listening to get better every day.”

Sunday’s scrimmage did reveal two positives for the Storm. They are loaded in the post and guard positions. All three point guards had some great moments, and the trees in the post cleaned up a lot of mistakes on the defensive end, playing well above the rim.

This team has the potential to be the deepest Ridge has had in his tenure at DCCC.

“We are deep at each position, so hopefully we can play 10 or 11 kids on a consistent basis,” he said.

Davidson opens the regular season Nov. 3 at Johnston Community College.