LaMarquis Letchaw may be a newcomer to Johnson C. Smith, but he already has his eyes on the prize: The CIAA Tournament Championship.
“We just want the ring;” he said. "I’m pretty sure we’re going to get it.”
Letchaw’s excitement is to be expected. The Golden Bulls started the season 6-0, and have won two straight to improve to 8-2 heading into Saturday’s matchup against Belmont Abbey.
But with the start of the tournament over two months away, head coach, Stephen Joyner. Sr knows his team has a long way to go.
“We’re still fighting for consistency,” Joyner said. “We have to begin ball games better. We have to close out halves better.”
After his team’s 74-66 win in the conference opener against Lincoln on Wednesday, Joyner said his team has the talent to go far, but they are a work in progress.
"As long as we understand what’s out there for us, if we keep looking for our goals and what could be available for us at the end of the year," he said. "If we can keep that in the forefront, I think we’ll keep moving forward.”
Letchaw figures to play a big role in JCSU’s push for the CIAA title. The junior guard was just named CIAA Newcomer of The Week for the second time this season. Letchaw had to sit out part of last season at Southwestern College.
“Last year was a growing year, based on patience,” he said. “It was hard to sit out but I learned a lot to make this year a great year. “
With players like Letchaw, Emilio Parks (16.1 ppg, 8.2 rebounds) and Robert Williams (14.7 ppg), JCSU will be considered one of the favorites when the CIAA Tournament kicks off in February. Letchaw is confident his team will be in the mix.
“The CIAA Tournament is ours this year,” he said.