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RVC Headed For Another Big Season?

A roster stacked with former NIC-10 stars could lead to another big basketball season at Rock Valley.
ROCKFORD-The Rock Valley College men’s basketball team is coming off one of its top seasons in school history.  But the good times might only be starting for the Golden Eagles.

When Craig Doty took over as RVC’s last coach he had a goal in mind.

"We wanted to make it the Cool place to be," says Doty.

Mission accomplished.  RVC has become the place to be.  The roster here is like a NIC-10 all-star team. Jared Mays, Ben Grygiel, and Isaiah Box are a few of last year’s NIC-10 stars that are on board.  Other former NIC-10 standings included LT Davis, Frank Cimino, Darius Brown, Dontrell Robison and Equavion Monroe.

"Once we got Jared Mays on board things really fell into place from there," says Doty.

"Although we competed against each other back in high school it was always fun," says Mayes. "We were always friends off the court, so it's definitely good to get together as a team now and play with each other."

"I knew Frank Cimino made his decision to go to  Rock Valley," says Grygiel. "I love playing with that guy. So he had a big influence on my coming here. I talked with some of the other guys and asked where they were going and we all thought Rock Valley would be a good place, and we should all stick together."

RVC went to the Junior College Division III national tournament last year for only the second time in school history.  The Eagles lost All-American Brandon Schwebke.  But former Auburn hoopster Tairhe Turner is back.

"We want to have a better overall record," says Turner. "Defense is big for us. That’s what’s going to help us get there," says Turner.

The Golden Eagles have been hit hard by injuries already.  Davis has a broken nose. Brent Voiles of Byron has a concussion.  Quinten Canty of Belvidere needs ankle surgery. And Ball State transfer George Cater needs knee surgery. But there’s so much depth on the team that seven players will be redshirted including Box.

"Eventually we will be a very, very deep team at every position," says Doty.

Once again this season the Golden Eagles will play a rugged schedule. That’s because Doty doesn’t like to think of RVC as a Division III program.

"I don’t compare us to a Division III junior college, just because we play 17 scholarship D-1 and D-2 schools," says Doty.0" We’ve got to compete with the Indian Hills of the world.  We want to play at the highest level."

RVC will host a 14 team Jamboree this weekend.  The regular season opener will be one week from Saturday against Oakton Community College.
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