- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Doug Ford
Halifax County High School basketball standout DeShon Dabbs will continue his hoops career at Winston-Salem State University. Dabbs, a 6-2, 170-lb. guard for the Comets, has earned a full scholarship to the school, which currently has an enrollment of approximately 6,500 students.
Bobby Collins, who will enter his sixth year at the school in 2010-2011, currently coaches the Rams, who have been competing since 2007-2008 in the (FCS) Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), but will return to the Division II ranks this coming season.
Winston-Salem State has sent 11 players to the NBA, including Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, and was formerly coached by the late Clarence “Bighouse” Gaines, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
“When I went to the campus, I liked it and it was newer than what I expected,” said Dabbs, who was a First Team, All-Western Valley District performer as a senior.
“I looked at some other colleges, but when I was there I felt I was comfortable and that was where I belonged.”
Dabbs is already familiar with at least one member of his future team, having met Rams’ point guard Marcus
Wells while playing travel basketball, but he was impressed with the coaching staff as well, including head coach Collins.
Dabbs admitted he is catching up on the history of the school and its basketball program, and thinks he can find a spot on the team as a “2”, or shooting guard.
“They return six seniors and I think I can work to get a spot,” Dabbs said, while realizing the challenges that lie ahead.
“To get better, I have to get stronger and get in better condition, pick up the pace and adjust to the speed of the college game.”
“I’ll be in the gym with my teammates Kejuan (Mayo) and Marcus (Williams) to work and get better.”
Other adjustments to the college game will be getting accustomed to the shot clock and to competing against bigger, stronger players, Dabbs added.
“I’ll try and stay positive about everything and focus on basketball,” explained Dabbs, who hopes to major either in psychology or marketing.
“He’s got a full ride, books and everything, and I think it’s a good fit,” commented Lynn Ramage, Dabbs’ high school coach.
“They’re an athletic team, and they get up and down the floor. Plus, he’s going to a team with experience, with about six seniors.
“He’ll fit in perfectly because there’s no pressure on him. He had to carry the load offensively a lot here, but there he can fit right in,” Ramage continued.
“Those seniors down there have some pressure on them because there are some good players coming in. Division II has some great players.”
Coach Collins and his staff have seen Dabbs in action and liked what they saw, according to Ramage.
“Bobby Collins and his whole staff came up here, and they loved him,” Ramage recalled.
“He said DaShon reminded him of (Rashon) Rondo of the Celtics, because of his long arms and athleticism.
“They like his “up” side, and he’s really learned how to do what we’ve taught him to do.
“He knows what to if he has to share the ball, but we know here he had to carry the scoring load for two years.”
“Earning this scholarship is a blessing, he deserves it, but it’s going to be very, very hard because each game you play in college will be like Halifax-GW,” Ramage pointed out.
“The intensity level is like that, but his future is bright, and this is his day.”