DCCC rebuilds for national title run
Davidson County Community College basketball expects to be a participant at the national tournament each year. Getting there this season may take a lot more work than usual.
Head coach Matt Ridge enters his sixth season at the helm of the program. From last year, the Storm has only one returning player who played significant minutes. With 12 new bodies on board, there is a lot to learn before Region X play for the defending regular season champions. They are off to a 1-1 start so far.
“We are working hard and it is going to take time,” said Ridge. “We expect to improve and challenge for another Region X title.”
Back from last season’s 29-7 team is wing Torian Showers. He is a versatile player who can give help in the post and step out behind the arc. Showers averaged eight points and seven rebounds as a role player. His role will be expanded in 2012-13.
“Torian does a lot of good things,” said Ridge. “He knows everything we are doing and he knows our standards. He should be one of our best players.”
A huge surprise thus far has been Ledford graduate Daniel Lawson. Through the first two games, Lawson has averaged 23 points and earned a spot in the starting lineup.
“He has been one of our most consistent players,” Ridge said. “Daniel can shoot the 3 and beat you off the bounce. He is also a lot tougher than I realized. Daniel is coachable and is going to be one of our best players and one of the best in Region X.”
Joining Lawson at the guard position is Robert Story. Though not off to a strong start, Story can light it up from deep and reminds a lot of fans of former Storm sharpshooter Rico Geter.
Darius Rogers currently holds down the point guard spot. His shot needs some work, but he is a guy who gets others involved and has drawn comparisons to Chad Taylor.
Darius Howell and Ace Chalmers will also see time running the point.
Davidson is stout in the post. Corey Burnette (6-6), Brandon Clyburn (6-8), Jonathan Curtis (6-7) and Jordon Robertson (6-7) give Ridge his tallest team ever down low. He will have a steady rotation of players who can clean up the glass and erase a lot of defensive mistakes.
“One of our strengths should be our halfcourt man because of our length,” said Ridge. “We should be able to alter a lot of shots and this should be one of our best rebounding teams. There should be four or five guys a game close to double figures in rebounds.”
If DCCC is to contend for a Region X championship, they will have to take out teams like Caldwell Community College and defending NJCAA Division III national champion Sandhills. With the remainder of the teams in the Tarheel Conference loaded, there will be no easy nights on the hardwood.
“Sandhills and Caldwell are extremely talented,” said Ridge. “They are going to be tough, just as they have been the last few years. I expect our league this year to be the best it has ever been top to bottom.”
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