The Sailfish Gear Up to Say Goodbye to Five Seniors
February 14, 2015
Written by: Will Johansen, Communications Assistant
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - As the calendar turns closer to March, it brings one certain (yet unfortunate) downfall; the end of another basketball season. With another season coming towards it’s conclusion, it’s always nice to look back and reflect on the departing seniors. The Sailfish are losing five from the roster this year, four of which have had a big impact on the team over the last two seasons.
The only newcomer in this year’s senior class, Clark Major played a pivotal role for the blue and white coming off the bench. Major, a Pembroke Pines, Florida native, snagged 94 rebounds this year (including a season high of 10 at Rollins on January 2nd), averaging 4.4 rebounds per game, while also scoring 3.5 points per game.
One of the more well known players in this year’s graduating class, Garet “GT Smooth” Tucker, started in 46 of his 47 career games with the ‘Fish. The Rapid City, South Dakota native was a force to be reckoned with down low, as he grabbed 188 career rebounds and scored 423 points, including scoring 20 in a game on three different occasions. Though Tucker only averaged 9 points per game, he was very efficient from the field, knocking down over 50% of all the shots he took.
One of the main faces of Sailfish Basketball over the last two years is none other than Clayton Williams. The Buford, Georgia native started in 47 of 48 career game, being only one of two players to play in all 47 games for the ‘Fish in the last two years. Williams scored 432 career points (9 PPG), including a career high 30 points at Nova Southeastern on 1/11/14. Williams also hit 93 three pointers for the ‘Fish in his career. He also added a career 69% shooting percentage from the charity stripe, hitting 51 of 74 attempts.
When thinking about leadership, theres no doubt in anyone’s mind that Ronnell Ross is an all around leader on and off the court for the ‘Fish. Ross, the Harlem, New York native, given the nickname “Grandpa” by his teammates, has started in 36 in the 47 games he has played for the ‘Fish. Averaging 10.1 points per game, Ross has scored 462 career points, including a career high 23 at Florida Tech on 2/19/14. Ross has also been huge on the glass, leading the ‘Fish in both years he's played at PBA, snagging 326 career boards, averaging 7.1 per game.
The fifth and final graduating senior from this year’s class, is none other than the one and only, Evin Graham. The Fort Myers, Florida native has had great success here in West Palm Beach since joining the ‘Fish. Graham has lead the Sailfish in scoring in each of the two seasons, scoring 636 points, averaging 13.25 per game. Though Graham has only scored more than 20 points in a game twice in his two years, it’s his consistency that has helped him lead the ‘Fish. Graham has scored double digits in 41 of his 48 games for the ‘Fish. Graham also has grabbed 290 career rebounds, as well as dishing out 191 assists.
These five seniors will be playing for the final time here in the Rubin Arena on Saturday afternoon - February 21st - as the ‘Fish take on Johnson University at 2PM.
*All statistics in this article are updated as of Saturday February 14, 2015*
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