One starter returned from Digital Harbor’s 2010 state championship basketball team.
That starter is senior guard/forward Ronald Epps, who has stepped up and become a leaderon this year’s squad. Sometimes it can be a tough challenge to be thrust into the spotlight.But Epps has taken the responsibility head-on and plans to keep Digital Harbor among Baltimore’s best basketball teams.
“Everyone knows their roles and we know what to do to make this team better,” Epps said. “I’m looking to help my team out and bring everyone together.”
In Digital Harbor’s first game, a win over Carver, coach Johnny Grimes praised Epps’ leadership skill on the floor.
“I thought Ronald Epps did well running the floor,” Grimes said. “Even though he didn’t score a lot of points he did all the intangibles.”
Epps looks up to NBA stars Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James and looks to model his game after theirs. Though he strives for big things, he relishes the role of the underdog that the Rams have been labeled after UNLV commit DaQuan Cook (St. Frances Academy), Nyme Manns (Patterson) and Antonio Manns (Oakland Mills) transferred.
Epps will have some senior leadership by his side soon when guard Dominic Barnes returns from a broken tibia suffered during the football season.
The younger Rams look up to Epps as their senior leader. Junior Charles Turner-Cox said Epps constantly pushes the underclassmen in practice.
“When we’re at practice, he has us working hard,” Turner-Cox said. “He’s on the new guys. Me, as a new guy transitioning from JV to varsity, he’s a great leader. He pushes us. He lets us know it’s not going to be easy.”
Since winning its first game, Digital Harbor has dropped its last two games. But that’s not going to kill Epps’ confidence.
“We always live as the underdog,” Epps said. “My first year here, we were the underdog. They weren’t expecting us to win a state championship.”
by Jason Butt