NEWBERRY — Raquon Davenport, Trey Gary and Dominic Gilmore will be teammates once more this fall at Caldwell Community College.
Caldwell was runner up in 2013-14 for the NJCAA National Championship. The Cobras led the country in rebounding each of the last two seasons and have had four All-Americans in the past four years.
Davenport said it means a lot to him that Gary and Gilmore will be close by because that makes the move from Newberry less of a shock. He plans to study pre-physical therapy.
It was Davenport’s intensity and tenacity on defense that he said got Caldwell’s attention and he said that will help him most at the next level.
“I know we have to go there and earn everything (all over again). The up tempo style they play (really connects) with us and should help with the transition,” Davenport said.
He likes all kinds of music, prefers Twitter and Instagram to Facebook and Snapchat, and said he plans to dine a lot on his favorite food, pizza, in college.
Trey Gary is excited to be headed to North Carolina and to becoming a Cobra.
“I felt an instant connection with the coaches,” Gary said, “and I liked their defense first mindset.”
He, like Davenport, plans to study pre-physical therapy. Gary also prefers Twitter and Instagram. He likes hot dogs best and really enjoys listening to Hip Hop and country music.
Caldwell Community College projects him as a small forward/guard.
To his NHS teammates he said, “keep on playing hard and work on your game so you get comfortable with your teammates and feed off each other.”
Gilmore said it felt good to be playing on a team with his friends so they could look out for one another and make sure they kept their eyes on their goals. He plans to major in landscaping.
He said he owes a lot of success to Coach Cary.
“He reminded me I had talent the whole time (I was in high school) and that he saw a bring young man within me,” Gilmore said.
Gilmore also prefers Twitter and Instagram, likes rap music and enjoys hanging with his friends in his free time. Pizza fuels his jump shot best, he said. He was signed by the Cobras as at shooting guard.
“It is a fun program and they make the playoffs most every year,” he said.
He likes their up tempo style and hopes his efforts at Caldwell lead to a chance to play at a Division I school one day. He and his teammates plan to play a lot at the YMCA to keep in shape until they leave for college.
“We are very excited to have Raquon, Dominic and Trey joining our Cobra family. They helped led Newberry High to a state championship and now we look forward to them helping us compete for a national championship,” Coach Matt Anderson said. “It’s always good to get players from great programs and there is no doubt Coach Cary is one of the top coaches in the state and that he prepares his guys for the next level. It should be a smooth transition for them as our style is very similar to what they are used to at Newberry.”