The Colorado Mesa men’s basketball team looks completely different than a year ago. The Mavericks graduated a lot of key players, and out of the 21 players on the 2019-20 roster, 12 of them are new faces.
It’s hard to miss, but nearly a fourth of the roster is comprised of Fresno City College products.
- Tommy Nuno (Sr.)
- Jess Spivey (Sr.)
- Georgie Dancer (Jr.)
- Jared Small (Jr.)
- David Rico (Jr.)
This is the first year that head coach Mike DeGeorge got to recruit the players that he wanted being that it’s his second season at CMU. He has a relationship with the head coach at FCC and that program in California is spectacular.
“They’ve won 18 consecutive conference championships,” DeGeorge said. “So we knew they were guys that were going to add to the culture.”
That streak is the longest in the nation, and the Rams made it to the California final four a handful of times in the last few years.
“We were really good,” Dancer said. “Our freshman and sophomore season we lost both times in the final four. Last year I think we were like 30-4.”
The stats are impressive and so are the players who want to take the same winning culture and bring it to CMU.
“We know how a program should be ran, how to come to practice every day, how you need to work,” Small said. “We want to bring those qualities here and implement them into coach DeGeorge’s program.”
One of the aspects that drew the three new FCC products to Mesa was that two of their former teammates were already here in Nuno and Spivey.
In his first year at CMU, Nuno was an RMAC honorable mention. He started every game but one and led the team in steals (48) and blocks (15). He also averaged 11.9 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game.
Spivey was a key bench player that played in every game. He is lethal beyond the arch marking the best three-point shooting percentage on the team at .474%, while being second on the team in made three-pointers with 36.
“When you come in as a freshman in Fresno City, it’s tough.”Jared Small
“Then you see guys that are doing everything right and doing extra work, you gain a respect for them,” Small added. “It just seemed to be a good thing to go to another program with them, so you can keep learning from them and getting better.”
Now the Mavericks have added three more Rams to the team who look to have an immediate impact.
“We’re very confident, coming from the program we come from,” Dancer said. “Having five guys from that program, we’re trying to bring those winning qualities to this team.”
“We think that all of them fill a need of guys that we lost and they’re going to help propel us to the next level.” DeGeorge said.
CMU begins its season on the road Friday November 8 at the D2 Conference Challenge. The Mavs first game is at 1:00 p.m. against St. Edwards University.