ROCKFORD-The Rock Valley College men’s basketball team is currently ranked #9 in the NJCAA Division III poll. After starting the season 9-1, the Golden Eagles are ranked nationally for the first time since the 2000-2001 season.
“While we are happy to be nationally recognized for our early season success we continue to strive for constant improvement,” says second year head coach Craig Doty. “Our goal is to be playing our best basketball in February and March and we take it upon ourselves to maintain a sense of urgency each and every day.”
The Golden Eagles, who are currently ranked #1 in the NJCAA Region IV coaches poll, are averaging 86.2 points per game. RVC leads the country (105 teams in NJCAA Division III) in three-point field goals made per game at 11.4 3. RVC is 7-0 against NJCAA Division II programs and their only loss came on the road at the hands of the #1 team in the country in NJCAA Division I, Indian Hills Community College.
LT Davis (Rockford Jefferson) leads the Golden Eagles in scoring at 19.2 points per game. Also in double figures are Jared Mayes (Rockford Jefferson) at 15.1 PPG and Frank Cimino (Rockford Boylan) at 12.0 PPG. The high-powered Golden Eagle offense finds Cimino leading the nation in three-pointers made with 35 while LT Davis is fifth in the country with 29 three-pointers and is 15th overall in scoring.
“It’s even more special that our community can really embrace and celebrate our success as we have 15 in-district student-athletes in our program,” added Doty. “As we continue to recruit this area and our supplemental areas, we feel this type of national recognition will help Rock Valley College receive commitments from some of the best prospective recruits in the region and around the country.”