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Surprising JCSU jumps into new year
9-2 Golden Bulls surprise of CIAA
 
Published Thursday, December 26, 2013 8:08 am
by Herbert L. White

Chemistry is at the core of Johsnon C. Smith’s strong start.

The Golden Bulls, who are a surprising 9-2, have more of it than in recent seasons, particularly among the senior class. As a result, JCSU is off to its best start since the 2008-09 campaign that included the CIAA championship. 

“There’s some outstanding leadership going on in the lockerroom,” Golden Bulls head coach Steve Joyner said, “especially from (senior swingman) Emerson Williams. He’s trying to hold everybody together, especially the young guys who really want to play.”

The Golden Bulls are getting healthy contributions from veteran players. Williams and fellow senior Antwan Wilkerson average 14.9 and 11 points per game, while juniors Emilio Parks and transfer LaMarquis Letchaw average 17.4 and 16.1 per outing. The glue, in Joyner’s estimation, is Williams, who is second on the team in field goal accuracy at 55 percent.

“Emerson is the leader of all that,” Joyner said. “He understands he’s more of a slasher than a jump shooter, but if his jump shot is going, that’s fine. But more importantly, he’s making drives to the basket on offense when it’s very much important, but he’s also taken a leadership role on defense. I think his leadership right now is the reason we’re being successful.”

JCSU will get its test when confefrence play commences Jan. 4 against Bowie State.

“Our hope and our prayer is they will go home and stay in some kind of resemblance of shape so we don’t have to do a whole lot of work when we come back,” Joyner said. “Games are going to come quickly and they’re going to come against opponents who know us and we know them.”

 

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Go JCSU..where can we get a schedule?
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