Showers to continue career at Fayetteville State University

Apr. 20, 2013 @ 09:28 AM

Davidson County Community College continues its recent success of helping student-athletes realize their dream of competing at a four-year institution.
On Wednesday, Torian Showers signed to play basketball at Fayetteville State University. The rangy 6-6 swingman will take his versatile game to the CIAA Conference, which is also the home to Winston-Salem State.
"Torian's a winner. Everywhere he's been, he's won," said DCCC coach Matt Ridge. "Over the last two years, he's helped us to a 52-10 record, and on both teams, he was a starter for us. Last year, he was our second-leading rebounder; this year, he was our leading rebounder. His jumper got a lot better in the two years he was here and because of his work ethic, his best basketball is ahead of him."
A 2011 graduate of T. Wingate Andrews in High Point, Showers averaged 10.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for the Storm this past season. In addition to his work ethic, Ridge said his potential to perform at the next level is substantial, given his length and ability to defend multiple positions.
Those are just a few of the qualities that caught the attention of Fayetteville State coach Alphonza Key, who was on hand for DCCC's game against Pitt Community College. Ironically, he was there to scout a player for Pitt, until he observed Showers' performance. After the game, Ridge said he made a beeline for the Storm locker room to speak with player and coach.
"I'm very excited for Torian that he's used basketball as a vehicle here to get a free education at Fayetteville State," Ridge said. "I think he'll continue to improve there and be pushed. Fayetteville State plays in an incredibly competitive league. There are a lot of teams in that league that are very, very good and probably could have played Division I ball."
In the CIAA, Showers will compete against former teammate Maurice Nash, who signed with Winston-Salem State last year. He mentioned familiarity as a reason for wanting to sign with the Broncos.
"I'm looking forward to going there, having a good season and the team coming out and being successful," Showers said. "I went to one of their games and with the atmosphere, everything felt familiar. I fit in there."
Ridge said he was proud of his pupil's development as a rebounder, as a player, but is most impressed by the progress he's shown off the court.
"One of the exciting things that I've really enjoyed about coaching for 18 years is watching guys mature on and off the court," Ridge said. "Without question, Torian has matured in the two years he's been here. He's committed academically, as well as athletically; otherwise he wouldn't be signing this scholarship today."

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or kennedy@tvilletimes.com.