Skipjacks Bell, Miller named to all-region team
Becraft pleased with 15-win season in first year as coach
WYE MILLS, March 14 Daniel Bell and B.J. Miller, a pair of sophomore transfers, climaxed their only season at Chesapeake College by being named to the all-Region XX Division II men´s basketball squad.
Bell, who played his freshman season at Tallahassee Community College, was named to the all-region first team after averaging 22 points and nearly 10 rebounds a game. Miller, who played last year at Prince George´s Community College, averaged 17 points and 6.5 rebounds and was named to the all-region third team.
"Daniel and B.J. each had big seasons for us," said Chesapeake head coach Dale Becraft, who guided the Skipjacks to a 15-12 record in his first season as head coach.
"No coach is satisfied unless they win it all, but I thought we had a good season," said Becraft, whose team was upset by Community College Baltimore County-Catonsville in the first round of the state tournament. "You hate for the season to end how ours ended, but Catonsville did a good job controlling the tempo in the tournament game."
Bell and Miller are just two of the five sophomores Becraft will need to replace next season. The Skipjacks are also losing starting swingman Ryon Rabon, sometime starter Kennard Williams, and reserve Gordon Bunn. Rabon averaged eight points and five rebounds, Bunn scored six points a game as the team´s three-point shooter off the bench, and Williams swung between starting and reserve point guard.
"Kennard was a sparkplug off the bench," said Becraft. "He gave us the opportunity to move B.J. to a shooter´s role. Ryon had an outstanding season for us, and Gordon gave us instant offense off the bench."
Becraft has five returners who he expects to play key roles next season. Josh Hickson (13 points per game) and Hubert King (12 points per game) should be key cogs in next year´s offense. King led the state in field-goal percentage (65 percent).
While Keith Smothers, Ryan Sessoms and Antonio Davis played less than Hickson and King, all three have the potential to be important contributors on next year´s team.
"Keith Smothers really came on strong at the end of the season. He has a tremendous opportunity to be a really good college basketball player," said Becraft. "Ryan Sessoms was just a great role player.
"Antonio Davis didn´t play a whole lot, but he stuck with it and is coming back," added Becraft. "He keeps getting better. One of these days he´s liable to break out and play at another level. He really works hard."
Becraft, already acknowledged as one of the state´s top recruiters, said he is "on the recruiting trail."
"I have a short list of about 60 kids and a long list of about 100," said Becraft. "I´ll have a lot of prospects in on April 15th (for pre-signing workouts). The big priority right now is on point guards and getting some size for next year."
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