Posted at 10:40 a.m. Oct. 19, 2015

13 new players add depth to basketball team

Shari Johnson

Going for the layup:

LCCC's Harrison Meads, 27, jumps high to get the ball away from his opponent and to shoot for the basket.

Laramie County Community College’s men’s basketball team is preparing for the new season, which starts this month.
Scrimmages will begin Oct. 10-23. There are 13 new players on the team.

“This is the deepest depth I’ve had in a long time,” said coach Jason Ficca. The two players returning to the team are sophomore point guard Thomas Trottman and sophomore shooting guard Michael Dermody.

The Golden Eagles will look to find replacements for forward Kamari Robinson, who averaged 14.4 points per game, as well as point guard Darien Fernandez and shooting guard Spencer Svejcar, who played a key role in the team’s offense with a combined average of 32 points per game.

The Golden Eagles will come into the season with confidence after a strong season last year and an overall record of 22-10.
There are multiple people who can play at different positions for the Golden Eagles. The only thing that may stand in the way of a great season is health, said Ficca, who isn’t worried about the team and says he believes they are great as a collective group.

With so much depth, Ficca said, the Golden Eagles will be able to take advantage of their substitutions and bring fresh legs late into games without missing a beat.

The first game will be against Northwest College, which was ranked No. 15 in the nation last season and was knocked out of the National Championship tournament by Northwest Florida State College, who later won the NJCAA championship. That game will take place Friday, Oct. 30, in Rock Springs, as part of a tournament.