Ferguson, Williams leaving NCCU basketball program
N.C. Central backup point guard Drimir Ferguson and rarely used forward DavRon Williams are planning to transfer, each looking to land at a basketball program that will allow them more opportunities to demonstrate what they can do on the floor.
“Both Drimir and DavRon have decided to transfer from the men’s basketball program at NCCU in pursuit of more playing time,” Eagles coach LeVelle Moton said. “I cannot thank them enough for their determination, hard work and contributions to help this team to one of its best seasons in the last two decades.
“Both young men were a pleasure to coach, and I wish them the best in their future endeavors.”
NCCU finished 22-9 this past season in a run that began with uncertainties about how the Eagles would cope after Dominique Sutton, with his fierce low-post presence, exhausted his eligibility and went to the NBA Development League.
Moton wound up earning co-coach of the year honors in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference from CollegeInsider.com, and he was a finalist for awards that would have recognized him as the country’s top minority coach and as the nation’s best mid-major coach.
During the season, Moton talked about how his players had a genuine love for each other. The Eagles didn’t care who scored their points as long as NCCU got the wins, former guard Ray Willis said.
Willis and senior guard Ebuka Anyaorah, who played basketball at Oklahoma and Georgia, respectively, before transferring to NCCU, have used up their eligibility.
Yet Moton will not be in a rebuilding mode without Willis, who was NCCU’s No. 3 scorer at 12 points per game, and most of NCCU’s success came without the floor presence of Anyaorah, who broke his foot in November and never returned to the lineup.
NCCU is expected to return with the MEAC’s second and third leading scorers in Jeremy Ingram (15.7 points per game) and Stanton Kidd (14.7).
The Eagles also are expected to bring back the league’s top assist man in point guard Emanuel Chapman, who started every game for NCCU and averaged 5.8 assists.
Chapman also averaged 28.3 minutes, compared to Ferguson’s 12.5 minutes as the reserve set-up man.
Ferguson, who transferred to NCCU from a junior college, averaged 3.5 points and 1.8 assists per game.
Chapman, who averaged 4.4 points, needs 10 assists to become NCCU’s all-time leader in that category.
Williams played junior college basketball before heading to NCCU. He averaged 1.6 points and 7.9 minutes per game this past season for the Eagles.