MEN'S BASKETBALL 2015 - 2016
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Shasta College Men’s Basketball, 2015-2016 Season Outlook
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 contributing role.
·        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.”