Local trio run the hardwood for SCCCC

— While St. Clair County Community College men’s head basketball coach Dale Vos may double as the school’s Athletic Director, that hasn’t stopped him from becoming incredibly well acquainted with the boys’ varsity basketball squad at Carman-Ainsworth, which is evident by his signing of former Cavaliers Alan Sharp and Terrance Keaton last year and 2008 grad Kieondre Arkwright.

This past season Arkwright got in on 31 of the Skippers’ 35 games, scoring a team-high 17.6 points a night while dropping 139-of-189 free throws and 56- of-170 three pointers for 545 overall points. Having also hit 175-of-433 total field goal attempts for the campaign, the 6-foot-2 guard snatched up 134 rebounds, 117 assists and 46 steals, which he then complimented with eight blocks and 69 turnovers. Highlights for Arkwright for 2009-10 include a 34- point, four-assist showing Feb. 24 against Schoolcraft, on Nov. 9 the sophomore opened the season by scoring 24 with two assists and two steals on Davenport’s junior varsity squad, and on Dec. 18 he came through with a 28- point performance with four rebounds, four assists and four steals.

“We knew of Kieon from high school, but he contacted us when he decided to leave Saginaw Valley. Kieon is a great scorer, good point guard, good shooter,” said Vos. “Kieon has signed a letter of intent to continue his schooling and basketball at the University of Texas Pan American. We will miss his scoring, competitiveness, but most of all his leadership on and off the floor. If he stays at the point guard (at Texas PanAm) then he will need to value the possession a little better.”

Keaton, on the other hand, spent a lot more of his time battling in the low post last year, scoring 5.8 points a night in 31 contests with 170 rebounds, 27 steals and 27 blocks. Having connected on 34-of-50 attempts from the line and 72-of-169 from the floor, the 6-foot-9 forward also gathered up 11 assists, 25 turnovers and 181 total points. In the course of his 31 games, Keaton hit a season-high five field goals on three separate occasions, including Dec. 2 against the Rochester JV team, Jan. 2 against Macomb and March 5 versus Oakland Community College.

“We learned of Terrance from Alan. Terrance is a good rebounder and scorer inside 15 feet,” Vos said. ”He needs to work on his left hand and his defense.”

As for Sharp, he scored just under five points a game in his initial collegiate season, which came after burying 34-of- 51 from the charity stripe, 8-of-20 from behind the arc, and 56-of-131 from the field. With 154 total points, 101 rebounds and 58 assists, the 6-foot-1 guard also swooped in for 35 steals, two blocks and 30 turnovers in 31 games. While the freshman was normally the picture of consistency, on Feb. 20 he exploded on Mott CC for 16 points, eight rebounds and an assist, which came by way of a 7-for-11 shooting performance.

“We learned about Alan from his high school coach and because he contacted us several times during the summer of 2008 and the fall of 2008. Then he enrolled at St. Clair in January of 2009,” said Vos. “Alan is a great point guard – he defends, handles the ball, passes, and scores, but he needs to lengthen his shooting range and take better care of the ball.”

Last year SCCCC came in at 27-8, ending its National Junior College Athletic Association season March 20 with a 59-52 loss to Pima CC after beating Monroe CC, 83-67, on March 19, and on March 18 the Skippers dropped Bismark State College, 93-87.

“They have all been terrific students and good citizens here at St. Clair,” Vos said.

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