SANFORD - Central Carolina Community College will have a young team, with just one player returning from last year's team that finished with a 16-15 record. Yet, CCCC Coach Doug Connor is optimistic for a successful season.
"We're going to be very quick and very athletic, with great shooters," said CCCC Coach Doug Connor, who is in his 13th season with the Cougars.
Coach Connor has just one returnee from last year's team -- Isaiah Monroe of Sanford. Monroe started in five of the Cougars' 31 games. He averaged 3.5 points per game.
Other team members are Michael Brown of Burlington, Toby Brown of Kernersville, Chris George of Fayetteville, Malcolm Jeffries of Burlington, Alonzo McCloud of Kernersville, Daniel Matangira of Burlington, LJ Melvin of Sanford, Trey North of Sanford, William Scott of Greensboro, Caleb Thomas of Sanford, David Thompson of Raleigh, Jeremiah Tolbert of El Paso, Texas, Tyler Toro of Sanford, and Cameron Wilson of Burlington.
The Cougars compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III. Coach Connor said the Cougars compete in a really good conference. "We've got a really strong conference. You've got to bring your A game every night. It's just so competitive," said Coach Connor.
Among the schedule highlights is a game with the University of North Carolina junior varsity team on Jan. 27 in Chapel Hill.
Nov. 1 -- Blue Lights College (7 p.m.), 3 - vs. Oxford College of Emory University (at Sandhills), 4 - vs. New River CC (at Sandhills), 7 - Mt. Olive JV (7 p.m.), 8 - Guilford Tech (7 p.m.), 10 - vs. Wake Tech (at Sandhills), 11 - vs. Shooting4Greatness (at Sandhills), 14 - Mt. Zion Prep (7 p.m.), 16 - Methodist JV (7 p.m.), 18 - at Brunswick CC, 20 - at Louisburg, 30 - at Mt. Olive JV.
Dec. 2 - at Johnston CC, 6 - at Davidson CC, 10 - Sandhills CC (3 p.m.), 15 - vs. Catawba Valley CC (@CAT Classic), 16 - vs. Guilford Tech (@CAT Classic), 18 - Blue Lights College (7 p.m.).
Jan. 6 - Johnston CC (3 p.m.), 9 - Cape Fear CC (7 p.m.), 11 - at Methodist JV, 17 - at Davidson CC, 19 - vs. GA Diamond (@Oxford CC), 20 - at Oxford College of Emory University, 24 - Sandhills CC (7 p.m.), 27 - at UNC JV.
Feb. 3 - at Johnston CC, 10 - Davidson CC (3 p.m.), 14 - at Sandhills CC, 16 - Mt. Zion Prep (7 p.m.), 24-25 - at Region 10 Tournament.
Coach Doug Connor is in his 13th season with the Central Carolina Community College men's basketball program.