Oakland Community College

November 9, 2009 by  

he past several seasons, the St. Clair County Community College men’s basketball team has entered each year knowing which players were going to carry the brunt of the offensive load.
Last year, it was sophomore point guard Erving McFadden and sophomore center Michael Henderson.

The year before that during McFadden’s freshman year, he and sophomore guard James Scott carried the bulk of the load.

The year before, it was McFadden’s older brother Thad.

This season, however, SC4 will have to rely on more than one or two players to fill the big holes left by McFadden and Henderson.

“I don’t think you replace either one of them,” SC4 Coach Dale Vos said. “We don’t have a single player that will carry us this year.”

Instead, Vos will rely on his returning sophomores.

The Skippers return Memphis graduates Ben Abraham and Devin Kling, Richmond graduate Jake Stark and Marquis Lee and Eric Mack Jr.

“Last year was a learning process,” Mack Jr. said. “This year I expect to go far. We have a lot of good players on the team.”

Added Vos: “They all got better in different ways. We are like every coaching staff; we always want to see a little more. All of those sophomores, that’s a good group. They got a lot of experience last year.”

In addition to the five

returning sophomores, Vos also expects a newcomer, sophomore Kieon Arkwright, to play a key role.

The 6-foot-2 guard played for Saginaw Valley State University last season before transferring to SC4.

“He’s played at a level that a lot of these kids want to get to,” Vos said. “When he talks, they tend to listen.”

Hoping to complement the returners are several freshmen.

Marysville graduates Trey Curley and Kyle Brown are expected to see consistent minutes.

Vos also noted Brown City graduate A.J. Burton, who he called one of the best shooters the program has had.

SC4 also hopes to get contributions from James Bethea, Terrance Keaton and others.

“I really believe it’s hard to play more than 10 (players),” Vos said. “We have some talent and depth. I still don’t know who’s going to start for us.”

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