The Shasta College Knights are looking forward to an
eventful 2015-16 basketball campaign.
They have six inspirational veterans and nine eager newbies!
Coach Fitzhugh has made a major change in his pre-season
schedule. The Knights are keeping two
tournaments on their schedule from the past: The Shasta Invitational, which has
been labeled one of the most competitive pre-season tournaments in the north
state, and the College of the Siskiyou’s Classic. They are adding four (4) new tournaments
this season. Coach Fitzhugh feels that “We
had fallen into a rut and needed something different to help get back to our
successful ways. It is fun and exciting to go to new environments and see
different styles of play. I hope it brings
a new level of concentrate and enjoyment for our players.”
The Knights felt their performance last season was not up
to their potential. Using it as motivation, the sophomores have entered this
season with more urgency and higher expectations for themselves and their new
teammates. Coach Fitzhugh feels that the
sophomores understand the expectations placed on them and are eager to
demonstrate their worth. The veterans
realize the importance of establishing team chemistry and have taken on
leadership roles early in the process. They
are focused on establishing a strong group work ethic. “It is always a challenge to blend new
players with the old, but this group of freshman has been open to developing
and learning from their experienced teammates” says Coach Fitzhugh.
Returning sophomores include:
Brett Cloney, a Foothill High School
standout that is starting to realize his true potential. He has stepped out of his quiet demeanor to
take a more aggressive approach to the game.
Darnell “Donny” Waters, from Oakland, CA. Donny has adjusted to Redding well this
year. He was a starter last season,
until he sprained his ankle. Donny is a
quick and exciting player to watch.
Semaj Horace, a transfer from William
Jessup University, torn his meniscus towards the later part of the season last
year and had to miss a few of the last conference games. Semaj is a tough player that has the talent
to go inside and outside. Looking for Semaj
to have a strong season.
Ashton Pomrehn, a graduate from Arcata
HS, is probably the most improved player of the group. He took it to heart when coach recommended
that he improve his fitness level to improve his basketball productivity. Ashton worked out consistently this summer,
running and shooting every day. He had a
good showing during the summer and an outstanding showing at the fall showcase.
Kendall Dewees, is a transfer from
Diablo Valley College. Kendall was asked
to play out of position last season, but with the Knights adapting their
offense to better suit their players, look for Kendall to have a larger
Paul Smith-Profit, is a red-shirt
sophomore that was injured early in the season last year. Paul is a strong and aggressive player whose presence
will be welcome this year. The Knights
are not a tall team, but it is the size of the fight that matters, and Paul
likes to compete.
As the season progresses, Coach Fitzhugh expects the
freshmen to increase their contribution to the team. “These freshmen are skilled, athletic,
unselfish and eager to contribute. They
play well together and their eagerness to learn and develop has made me very
excited about the team’s future.”