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TCC signs its first men's basketball class in NJCAA

TCC men’s basketball is primed to compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association after signing its first class of student-athletes to national letters-of-intent.

Beginning in fall 2013, TCC will join the NJCAA, an association of community and junior college athletics throughout the United States.

Zack Marshall (6-6 forward, First Colonial High School), James Minter (6-4 forward, First Colonial), Byron Williams (6-0 guard, Great Bridge High School) and Marcell Moss (5-9 guard, Oscar Smith High School) will play for the Storm this fall. Coach Ed McInnis expects to sign additional players; women’s coach Lamonica Filer signed her first NJCAA class last month.

Student-athletes sign national letters-of-intent.

“I’m really proud you guys chose Tidewater Community College,” McInnis said during a signing ceremony on the Chesapeake Campus. “We’re going to help you do whatever you want to do academically, and we know you’re going to help us succeed because you have great talent.”

Back row: assistant coach Darnell Johnson, head coach Edward McInnis. Front: Marcell Moss, Byron Williams, James Minter and Zack Marshall.

Back row: assistant coach Darnell Johnson, head coach Edward McInnis. Front: Marcell Moss, Byron Williams, James Minter and Zack Marshall.

McInnis said TCC moving into the NJCAA will allow the college to recruit top local talent to compete in one of the most competitive regions nationally. TCC, the runner-up in the Virginia Community College System championship tournament, will play in Region X, Division II of the NJCAA.

Marshall and Minter were both starters for First Colonial. Marshall plans to study engineering, and Minter is undecided on a major. Williams, a first-team All-Southeastern District player, plans to study business, and Moss will study the social sciences with an emphasis on psychology.

“I feel like this is a good place to start,” Williams said.

Families joined the student-athletes during the ceremony. JoAnne Marshall said she is excited her son is part of the inaugural class. “It’s an excellent opportunity for him to get his general studies out of the way, play a sport he loves and be with his family,” she said.

“We have the same reasons,” said Cheryl Dean, Minter’s mother. “He can stay local and get his feet on the ground.”

The Storm opens its season with a scrimmage at Elizabeth City State on Oct. 29.

“TCC is going to be on the map for our national prowess,” McInnis told the players. “You guys are the foundation of that.”

Minter and his grandfather, Festus Dean.

Minter and his grandfather, Festus Dean.