College Hoops: Story to continue career at WSSU
At times during his career at Davidson County Community College, it seemed like Robert Story was shooting 3-pointers as far away as Winston-Salem. Now he will actually get to shoot them in the Twin City.
Story has signed with Winston-Salem State University, becoming the fourth former Storm player to commit to the Rams. The sharp-shooting guard came to DCCC hoping to use it as a springboard to a four-year school. After two years of success at Davidson, he will get that chance with the NCAA Division II Rams.
“It is a sigh of relief, knowing that I can move on to another school to play,” Story said. “They play the same tempo that we do here and I know my style fits their system.”
His sophomore campaign was impressive this past season. Not only did his 18.6 scoring average lead the team, but so did his 3-point percentage of 42.4. He ranks as one of the best outside shooters to attend DCCC, joining players like Rico Geter and Kimani Hunt. He hit 106 of his 3-point shots in 27 games played in 2013-14.
“Without question he is one of the greatest shooters to ever come through here,” said DCCC head coach Matt Ridge. “He shoots at such a high percentage and there were games where people would leave Brinkley Gym just shaking their heads. I think WSSU will realize they have a jewel because of his ability to put the ball in the hole. Every team in the country needs a knockdown shooter and Winston-Salem State is certainly getting just that with Robert Story.”
When Story first arrived on campus at DCCC, through pickup games and practices it was well noted that he could flat out shoot the rock. But there were holes in his game that needed to be plugged for him to play at a four-year program. Gradually absorbing what Ridge had to teach, Story began to develop a well-rounded game. His defense improved and so did Story's ability to keep a defender honest with dribble penetration.
“Playing at DCCC made me more of a player than just a shooter,” Story said. “Everybody knew I could shoot but coach Ridge helped me become more than just a shooter.”
Story should feel right at home playing at the Gaines Center on the campus of Winston-Salem State. It is a raucous environment, much like what he will be leaving behind at Brinkley Gym. Only the crowd will be a lot bigger and the basketball more competitive.
“It is a great atmosphere and it reminds me a lot of ours,” said Story. “Here the crowd is not as big, but the intensity is the same and the crowd is loud from start to finish.”
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