MEN'S BASKETBALL 2014 - 2015
SHASTA COLLEGE INVITATIONAL, Nov 21-23, 2014
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Shasta College Men’s Basketball, 2014-15 Season Outlook
The 2014-15 men’s basketball season is looking to get the program moving back towards the competitive side of competition. The last few years have found the team a bit short on depth that has made it difficult to compete, but this season will be better for the Knights! Coach Fitzhugh is excited about the depth of talented players and the diversity of their roles on the team, “We should have the ability to put a different combination of players on the floor to meet the different playing styles that we will face this season, without any drop-off in intensity from the team. Where teams were able to fatigue us in the past couple of seasons, we hope to return the favor this season.” Coach Fitzhugh feels, “If we can continue to keep our individual egos in check and continue to embrace our team goals, we could have a very successful season.”
The Knights have four sophomores returning, all having started and contributed to the team in the past couple of years. Two from last season, Andrew Fitzhugh (6’1 – Shooting Guard) and Blake Marchant (5’11 – Combo Guard), lead the Knights in scoring, steals and assists from last season. The other two, Mitesh Patel (6’0 – Combo Guard) and Jordan McIntosh (5”11 – Point Guard) are coming off red-shirt seasons to return to the Knights roster. They were instrumental in the strong finish from the 2013 conference season where the Knights started GVC play 0-3 but finished conference in second place with a 7-3 record.
Coach Fitzhugh states “All four returners are going to be main contributors to the success of the Knights this season. Last season we had only one ball-handler, Blake Marchant, and opponents did a great job of identifying our weakness and pressured him relentlessly for 40 minutes a game. This season we have several players that we can entrust to bring the ball up against pressure.”
Along with the depth of the talent on the roster, Coach Fitzhugh is even more excited about the chemistry of the players. He feels that “Winning without Integrity is Not Winning,” and this team has the make up to be true winners.
The Knights have four transfer freshman, Jacob Jacobo (6’6 – Center – Butte College), Semaj Horace (6’6 – Forward – William Jessup), Elijah Green (6’2- Shooting Guard – Ohlone College) and Kendall Dewees (6’2 – Swingman – Diablo Valley College). All four are adapting to the new system and improving daily.
We have four true freshmen this season. Two are Foothill High School standouts, Brett Cloney (6’0 – Combo Guard) and Grant Smith (5’11 – Shooting Guard). Both players played major parts in Foothill High School’s success the last couple of seasons. The other is Domunique “Dom” Stewart from Enterprise High School. Dom played a back center for the Hornets the last couple seasons but was just starting to get the confidence in his abilities to become a major contributor. The remaining true freshman is Darnell“Donnie” Waters (5’9 – Point Guard) from Fremont High School in Oakland, California.
The remaining four players were red-shirted last season. They improved their skills and athletic abilities allowing them to be viable options for the Knights this season. Two are from Arcata High School, Ashton Pomrehn (6’2 – Swingman) and Andy Beronilla (6’1 – Swingman). One is from down the road, Shea Shull (6’2 – Guard – Hamilton City High School). And the last red-shirt, Boseme Mokete (6’3 – Forward) is from Cameroon, far from home!
Coach Fitzhugh is delighted to announce that he has both his assistant coaches back from last season, Shasta College alumnus, Brian Long and Tyler Newton. It is a great benefit to have two assistants that have played in the system and can explain the inner workings of the system. Both are very talented individuals that contribute greatly to the program.