Deshon Portley, Deon Edwin

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LCCC cagers Deshon Portley, left, and Deon Edwin rank among top national scorers.

LCCC stars are more than just their statistics

Greatness is experienced after years of practice, dedication and ups and downs. Many different interpretations of greatness exist, but for two LCCC sophomores greatness is defined on and off the court.

Deon Edwin and Deshon Portley are the scoring catalysts for the LCCC men’s basketball team. Just as they have similarities and differences on the court, their journeys to LCCC basketball greatness are just as varied.

Basketball is in his blood

Deshon Portley hails from the Lone Star State of Texas, specifically Dallas. He started playing basketball at 2. His father was a college basketball coach at the time so Portley naturally picked up the game, and his basketball career began.

His first youth league was in the Winston-Salem Miller Park league. While growing up, Portley played for LCCC’s assistant coach and academic adviser, DeWayne Saulsberry.

Portley is scoring 21.9 points a game. With this high scoring average, he is hoping to play at a Division I in the fall. He is still deciding among Colorado State University, University of Wyoming, St. Louis University and Western Kentucky University. Once Portley decides on his next college, he said he would like to major in business finance.

Portley was an all-American his freshman year at LCCC, so returning for his sophomore year the Region IX teams knew what to expect playing against him.

“It takes a lot of focus and a maintained concentration because the more games you play the more teams tries to stop you from scoring,” he said. “My teammates play a big role on finding me when I’m open and keeping the defense honest.”

From humble beginnings, to national top scorer

Deon Edwin has not always called the continental United States home. He grew up in the British Virgin Islands on the island known as Tortola. Edwin, like most kids, played basketball just for fun until he turned 12. Then he began playing summer league and sometimes a district league.

In an athlete’s career, a point comes where he loses the love for the game or where he loses focus on why he started playing. For Edwin, LCCC was a place to start over and re-discover the love for the game again. Edwin has found his passion again scoring 22.3 points a game for the Golden Eagles and leading the team in scoring.

A sophomore, Edwin is looking to transfer to a four-year college to continue his basketball and academic career. He does not know where he would like to continue after his graduation from LCCC, and he is still undecided on a major.

Edwin is on the road to becoming a top 15 scorer in the nation. “You just got to have the love for the game and put in the hard work when no one else wants to,” Edwin said.

Portley and Edwin are the offensive leaders for the Golden Eagles, but nine other players contribute to the team. “On the court they are both great leaders and scorers,” freshman Michael Dermody said.

These two players come from different backgrounds but have at least one characteristic in common: They can both score the basketball.