Continuing in our series on community college teams: The sun rises in the east, summer is the warmest season and Fresno City College (FCC) wins the Central Valley Conference (CVC) while competing for the state title every season. These are givens.
Granted, the CVC is not the strongest affiliation in California but it still takes landing players and coaching them up to a sum greater than its parts in order to be so successful and that is what Coach Ed Madec and assistants Nicholas Podesta, Jeff Young and Tyler Morgan are continuing to do in 2018-19. The squad is not a tall one but is a team with a quartet of sophomores who either began college elsewhere earlier or sat out their initial seasons at FCC and are now performing consistently in primary roles.
Where do the Rams currently stand?
11-3 overall, 7-1 on neutral courts with just three home games to date. They own an 89-57 win over visiting Cabrillo College as well as losses to City College of San Francisco both at home (79-70 and 82-78) and on the road and a loss to Santa Rosa Junior College (88-86).
82.2 points per game (versus allowing 64.3) , 53.5 overall shooting percentage (versus 39.8%) , 46.0% three-point shooting (versus 33.7%) on 19.9 attempts a night, plus 68.2% on 20.2 free throw attempts a contest.
FCC is also grabbing 37.1 rebounds each time out with a +9.8 margin. The Rams are earning 19.0 assists versus 10.5 for opponents. Turnovers and steals are close to being equal.
The primary contributors:
The core four are each scoring in double figures: sophomore forward Ethan Richardson leads the squad in with 13.8 points a game. Sophomore guard Jonah Brown is providing 12.2 points nightly. Backcourt teammate sophomore Georgie Dancer is averaging 11.8 with sophomore forward Jared Small at 10.6.
Nobody is playing 25 minutes a contest with Dancer at the most with 24.6.
Regarding program familiarity, the 6-foot-10 Richardson played little in 2016-17 at City College of San Francisco then redshirted at FCC a year ago.
Brown grayshirted at FCC two seasons ago before playing in 33 games and starting 10 in 2017-18.
Dancer played in 32 games last season after redshirting at Sacramento State due to a knee injury.
Small redshirted at Metro State two years ago and then played in 20 games, starting 11 for Fresno City College.
However, it’s important to note that 11 players contributing for at least 10 minutes or higher a game.
FCC is likely minus any talents who will be D1 transfers. But year-in, year-out, Ram basketball remains 90 feet of hustle and pressure in addition to a team kinship not seen often at any level let alone the community college ranks. Madec’s group always appears ready and capable despite newcomers and turnover whether it be during a summer tournament or the first official games of the season. That is a testament to landing unselfish players/gaining immediate buy-in and utilizing a system that plays to strengths and contains roles that allow for quick adaptation. All this and the fact that nobody will out-work FCC.
The FCC roster:
- David Rico Guard Sophomore 6-2 195 Kerman, Calif. / Kerman HS
- Daniel Rico Guard Freshman 6-5 200 Kerman, Calif. / Kerman HS
- Jared Small Guard Sophomore 6-7 200 Aurora, Colo. / Legend HS (CO)
- Eljay Gallegos Guard Freshman 5-8 165 Sacramento, Calif. / Folsom HS
- DeRonQuez Wynn Guard Freshman 6-2 185 Washington, N.C. / Deeper Life Academy (NC)
- Ian Miller Guard/Forward Sophomore 6-5 205 Elk Grove, Calif. / Vintage HS
- Georgie Dancer Guard Sophomore 6-4 190 Modesto, Calif. / Fred C. Beyer HS
- Jonah Brown Guard Sophomore 6-4 195 Clovis, Calif. / Clovis North HS
- Ephraim Estell Forward Freshman 6-6 235 Tracy, Calif. / Merrill West HS
- Ronald Agebsar Guard/Forward Freshman 6-5 210 Sacramento, Calif. / Sheldon HS
- Carl Snyder Forward Sophomore 6-9 230 Ben Lomond, Calif. / Monte Vista Christian HS
- Tanner Argyle Guard Freshman 6-6 190 Draper, Utah / Corner Canyon HS (UT)
- Ethan Richardson Forward Sophomore 6-10 245 Madera, Calif. / Madera HS
On Tuesday, Illinois State best Northern Iowa 70-69 as Phil (Franklin High) Fayne scored 19 points, grabbed seven rebounds and pilfered three steals.
In overtime, host Cosumnes River College edged Santa Rosa Junior College 75-72 despite the Bearcubs receiving 36 points from Skylar (Drake High) Chavez. full box
In another tight one, visiting San Joaquin Delta College topped Folsom Lake College 76-75. Folsom Lake game recap
Stockton Record: “…Delta College’s men’s basketball team made a big comeback and kept rolling through the Big 8 Conference.
After trailing by as many as 17 points, the Mustangs rallied and edged Folsom Lake 76-75 on Tuesday night in Folsom. Delta has won four in a row, and improved to 12-5, 4-1 in the Big 8.
Folsom Lake (6-10, 1-3) missed a shot at the buzzer which could have changed the outcome.
Spencer Monteiro had 26 points to lead Delta, and Cameron Pieters had 16.”
In Monday’s Pomona-Pitzer 76-51 victory over Cal Lutheran, Daniel (Los Altos High) Rosenbaum led the victors with 25 points and teammate Micah (Lick-Wilmerding) Elan provided a line of 12 points, nine boards and three assists.
“Prep2Prep NCS Rankings THROUGH WEEK 7″
- Arinze Chidom (Bishop O’Dowd)
6-9, F, RS Soph., Washington State
Considering Wyoming, UC Davis, UC Riverside, USD, USF, Seattle, Bryant, Pacific
- Jacob Eyman
6-9, F, Fr., Seattle
Considering San Jose St., Washington St., and Grand Canyon for basketball; considering USC, Long Beach St., Cal State Northridge for volleyball
- Ben Kone (Archbishop Mitty)
6-8, F, Jr., Oregon State
- Dashmond “DJ” Sylvester
6-3, G, grad (2 years left)., UC Riverside
Considering UTRGV, Prairie View, San Jose, Seattle
- Jack Wilson (Serra)
7-0, C, Fr., Oregon State
Pacifica Christian OC: “Judah Brown has committed to play for Coach Randy Bennett and the St. Marys Gaels!”
Browns is a 6-foot-8, 175 2020 prospect. He sat out last season due to transferring to PC but is a top notch student with blue chip potential.
“P2P CCS Boys Basketball Top 25 THROUGH WEEK 7″
“Senior-heavy Redwood looks to climb MCAL mountain” Danny Schmidt
“Marin boys basketball: Team-by-team preview capsules” Danny Schmidt
Back on January 3, B.J. (St. Patrick/St. Vincent) Standley scored a game high 22 points to lead St. Martin’s to a 96-76 victory over Simon Fraser. He also distributed a team high six assists.