By Jackson Heiden
The Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team is set to start regular-season action against Schoolcraft College at home on Monday, Nov. 1.
The Raiders had a frustrating 2020-21 season as they finished 5-9 overall (4-4 in conference) in the regular season and lost in the first round of the Great Lakes A Tournament. The team hopes to have a bounce-back year and get back to nationals once again.
“I have high expectations,” said first-year head coach Joe Fox. “Ultimately, the postseason is where we want to end up. The postseason is what matters most, it’s what helps most guys transfer to four-year universities.”
Fox is entering his first season as a head coach of his career. Fox was the assistant coach for Lansing Community College men’s basketball (2014-17) and Calvin University women’s basketball (2017-19). He was the assistant coach for the Raiders from 2012-14 and then again from 2019-21 before being appointed to the head coaching position. Along with his many years of coaching, he has been a part of successful programs, making it to nationals once with the Raiders and twice with LCC with a second-place finish in the national tournament.
The Raiders currently have eight true freshmen, and a mix of six redshirt freshman and sophomores – one of which (Justus Clark) being the only returning player for the 2021-22 season. A few players to keep an eye out for are redshirt freshman guards Clark and Brockton Kohler, as well as true freshman guard Rico Wade.
“They bring a lot of experience and athleticism to the table,” Fox said. “They know how good this level is.”
The Raiders started the 2021-22 season with scrimmages against Elgin Community College Jamboree, Grace Christian University JV, Aquinas College, and Cornerstone University.
The Raiders will kick off the season and their three-game homestand against the Schoolcraft Ocelots, on Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. in the Gordon Hunsberger Arena.
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