CHICKASHA – Facing tough Division II and top NAIA teams in pre-conference play has tested the Drover men’s basketball team early in the season, but senior Shavon Scott said it has been an opportunity to build and strengthen the team’s chemistry.
“The season is pretty rough right now, but we are only five, six games in, and it’s a long season,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to the conference because I’m pretty sure that we’ll have our chemistry down and everyone will be committed to the defensive end, and we will be able to make things happen.”
Scott leads the team in rebounds with 28 on the season and averages nearly 11 points per game, but he describes his primary responsibility on the team as something specifically off the floor.
“I feel like my role is to do a little bit of everything … whatever it takes to get the win,” he said. “But my most important role is to keep everybody together, I believe.”
The Drovers made it into the NAIA Men’s Basketball National Championship tournament last season, hosted every year in Kansas City, Mo., and Scott says that experience is something he would like to repeat as a senior.
“I really want to end my senior year on a high note. Last year was very fun for us going down to nationals, even though we lost the first round,” Scott said. “Just the overall experience — going to the dinners and the ceremonies and being with the kids — it was very fun, and I would love to go back.”