5 Questions With: Columbus State CC New Head Coach: DeAndre Walker! - Jun 15, 2013
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Newly hired Columbus State CC Head Coach DeAndre Walker is a former player from the school who went on to play NCAA D2 at Fairmont St. Walker then played professionally in the CBA when it was the #1 minor league source for NBA call-ups. Choosing his career and family over his professional opportunities abroad, DeAndre developed into an amazing coach who should quickly lead Columbus State back to prominence. Here are his answers to our "5 Questions With" series:
Q - How does it feel to finally be a Collegiate Head Coach?
A It feels great to have been blessed with this opportunity. If it had not been for the coaches who took a chance on me, and the instrumental part of helping to build the Hidden Gems organization, this opportunity may not have been possible. This will be very special as Columbus State Community College is where my collegiate playing career also started.
Q - What are your thoughts on coaching at the same JC you once before attended?
A Being able to provide young men the same opportunity I was given at the JC level is a blessing. If it had not been for Columbus State, I wouldn't be where I am in life today. The coaching staff of 2000-02 of Anthony Gholson and Anthony Stewart took a chance on me and it has paid off and I would like to return the favor to young men full of potential and great upside and help them reach their life goals.
Q - What type of philosophy do you intend to bring to Columbus State Basketball?
A I have always been a firm believer that the hardest worker can always beat talent. We will strive to work hard in the classroom, on the court, in the weight room and in the community. Our offensive philosophy will be more of an uptempo pace with a little structure provided in order to allow the student-athletes to develop their skill sets and transition their skill work into game like situations. This will provide the exposure and development necessary in order to proceed to a higher level of collegiate basketball.
Q - Is there a specific type of player you will look for to play for you at Columbus State?
A The number one thing I can only ask for is for someone to play hard, buy in and do things the right way. Not just on the court but in life.
Q - What are the best and worst things aspiring coaches can do to work their way up in the coaching ranks?
A The best thing a coach can do is to stay persistent, have patience, connect with a great AAU organization as I did with Hidden Gems and learn to keep the interest of the young student-athletes at the forefront. Also, establish relationships with collegiate coaches, build trust, and never burn any bridges. The worst thing anyone can do is do nothing, you have to make sacrifices and go for it!
Red Raven Season Ends With Loss to Motlow St. 59-78 In NJCAA Tournament - 1 day ago
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The Coffeyville Community College men's basketball team lost in the opening round of the 2017 NJCAA Div I Men's Basketbll Tournament to the Motlow State Bucks, 59-78. The loss ends the Red Raven's season with a 22-13 record. The #19 seeded Red Ravens seemed to being playing catch up the entire game in the Tuesday morning matchup against the #14 seeded Bucks. The Red Ravens were outscored 28-38 in the first half and after a brief run to start the second half were never able to mount much o... [read more]
The Coffeyville Community College men's basketball team lost in the opening round of the 2017 NJCAA Div I Men's Basketbll Tournament to the Motlow State Bucks, 59-78. The loss ends the Red Raven's season with a 22-13 record. The #19 seeded Red Ravens seemed to being playing catch up the entire game in the Tuesday morning matchup against the #14 seeded Bucks. The Red Ravens were outscored 28-38 in the first half and after a brief run to start the second half were never able to mount much of a comeback. The post game stat page summed up the loss for the Red Ravens. Motlow State made 11 three pointers in the game (11 for 33), and out rebounded the Red Ravens 49-23. Those two combined with the Ravens shooting 14-26 from the free throw line extinquished any hope of a comeback for Coffeyville. Stat leaders for the Red Ravens in the game included sophomore forward Tedrick Wolfe (6'5''-G) (21 points on 10 for 13 shooting and 5 rebounds), freshmen guard Travis Washington (6'0''-PG) (8 points and 9 assists), and freshmen guard Malik Keith (5'10''-PG) (8 points and 5 assists). Highlights for the Red Raven's season included earning a trip to the NJCAA National Tourney, two victories over nationally ranked Hutchinson and an exciting run through the Region VI Tournament to earn the 2017 Region VI Championship. Courtesy of: coffeyville.prestosports.com
MVP: Ayo Dada (G) of North Lake (TX) Coach of the Tournament: Tim McGraw of North Lake (TX) All-Tournament Team Dare Brazeal (6'5''-F) of North Lake (TX) Edvonte Copeland (5'11''-PG) of Anoka-Ramsey (MN) Homer Denson (C) of Elgin (IL) Josh Harris (F) of North Lake (TX) Kameron Jimenez-Fox (F) of MassBay (MA) Brandon Rothrock (5'11''-PG) of Davidson County (NC) Tyquan Scott (F) of Herkimer (NY) Juwan Stewart(F) of Elgin (IL) [read more]
MVP:Ayo Dada (G) of North Lake (TX) Coach of the Tournament: Tim McGraw of North Lake (TX)
North Lake upsets its way to DIII championship - 4 days ago
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The North Lake Community College men's basketball coach has the name befitting of a country western music legend. But Tim McGraw made a little history for himself on the hardwood in Rochester on Saturday night. McGraw guided fifth-seeded North Lake past N. 2 Elgin Community College 66-56 in title game of the Division III NJCAA National Championships at Rochester Community and Technical College. In doing so, McGraw became the first men's basketball community college coach to win three nati... [read more]
The North Lake Community College men's basketball coach has the name befitting of a country western music legend. But Tim McGraw made a little history for himself on the hardwood in Rochester on Saturday night. McGraw guided fifth-seeded North Lake past N. 2 Elgin Community College 66-56 in title game of the Division III NJCAA National Championships at Rochester Community and Technical College. In doing so, McGraw became the first men's basketball community college coach to win three national titles at the non-scholarship level. "It's very humbling, it really is because I've had great kids," McGraw said. "We've had a lot of other teams that didn't even get here and I feel bad for some of those other kids. But these kids had to overcome adversity. They worked hard for this." Like Elgin, North Land had to navigate through the eight-team field with a somewhat limited roster. North Land freshman guard Deanthony Owens (F), part of team's all-Texas squad, was coming off an injury and was not at full strength. "He's still only about 80 percent," McGraw said. With Owens limited, 6-foot freshman guard Ayo Dada (G) stepped up. He scored 16 points and made 4 of 8 3-pointers in the title game to lead the Blazers. Dada was named the MVP of the tournament. "It feels great, we worked hard," Dada said. "This was our goal all season." North Lake entered the tournament not only as the No. 5 seed, but it had a modest 19-11 record. McGraw that was in part due to playing 11 scholarship teams during the season. The Blazers also play in the tough six-team Metro Athletic League, will all squads located in the Dallas area. "That's probably why we had so much confidence because of all the scholarship schools we played," McGraw said. McGraw has coached at North Land for 20 seasons. This is his fifth time taking the Blazers to the national tournament and he also won championships in 2006 and 2008. McGraw took advantage some of his former players for motivation heading into this year's three-day event. "We had guys from the previous championships come in and talk to the team last week," he said. "Those guys talked about what it took." The current players took the advise and rattled off three straight wins, topping No. 1 Anoka-Ramsey from Minnesota in the process, to win the title and finish 22-11. "I know he's happy," Dada said of McGraw winning another title. "He deserves it big-time; he's a great coach." As for the game, North Lake played a tough hybrid man-to-man/zone defense that gave Elgin (31-6) fits. Elgin shot just 29 percent from the floor and had a seven-minute scoring drought at one point in the second half. "We don't see a lot of zone where we're from," said Elgin coach Reed Nosbisch of his Illinois-based team. "That caused a lot of problems." North Land went on a 14-0 run in that span to open up a 52-29 lead. Elgin made a run and got within nine and then missed a 3-pointer with 3:00 left. It got within eight with 28 seconds left before the Blazers got the game's final bucket. "We just couldn't shoot the ball," Nosbisch said. ".... I thought we just couldn't get things going." Elgin was also without leading scorer Chris Benjamin (G), who was hurt in a game prior to the tournament and didn't play on the national stage. This was the first time the Division III NJCAA men's tournament was held in Rochester. The city has hosted the women's tournament in the past. Next year the men's event moves back to New York, and then it will return to Rochester in 2019 before going up for bid again. Courtesy of: postbulletin.com
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