Practice Makes Perfect

24 Nov

The Cougars hit the practice court hard this week in preparation for their rematch with No. 25-ranked North Carolina on Sunday in Chapel Hill, N.C. It will be the final game in the 2-for-1 series with the Tar Heels.

Coach Cremins, preseason Southern Conference Player of the Year Andrew Goudelock and 2010 All-SoCon Second Team selection Donavan Monroe met with members of the local media prior to practice. The best quote of the day, came from Goudelock who answered a question about the program’s reputation as a “Giant Killer,” a nickname made popular during the John Kresse Era as CofC rolled to victories over major-college programs such as UNC, Stanford, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Penn State, Arizona State, UMass and TCU among others.

“We don’t think of ourselves as “Giant Killers,” Goudelock said. “We think of ourselves as being one of those “Giants” as well. If we play our game, we know everything else will take care of itself.”

Two former Kresse players, Jermel President (1996-99) and Sedric Webber (1996-99), who helped coin the phrase “Giant Killers,” stopped by to watch practice on Wednesday and interacted with the coaching staff and players. It’s always great to see former Cougar Basketball Alumni giving back to the program and doing well in life after CofC.

President launched President Productions and President Sports Gear in 1999 and the DAE Foundation  in 2001. As a nonprofit organization focused on providing basketball skills training and other valuable athletic and academic services for underprivileged student-athletes, DAE implements a variety of community programs. These programs include: recreational, YBOA, and AAU team training and sponsorship; Basketball Basics 101; College Prep Seminars; OPTIONS obesity prevention program (in collaboration with MUSC); Healthy Hoops (in collaboration with Select Health); and more.

Meanwhile, Webber is currently the athletic director and varsity boys basketball head coach at Riverbend Christian Academy in North Charleston. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from The College in 1999 and played professional basketball abroad and in the U.S. for eight years including a stint with the NBA Development League’s North Charleston Lowgators from 2001-04.

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