April 13, 2012

George to Lead Quintet of Senior Captains in 2012-13

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-Hampden-Sydney head basketball coach Dee Vick recently announced his five captains for the 2012-13 season. Patrick Corrigan (Richmond, VA/Collegiate), Harrison George (Raleigh, NC/Leesville), Fletcher Lumpkin (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin), Alex Potapov (Moscow, Russia/Florida Air), and Randall Ward (Richmond, VA/John Marshall) will look to lead the team of 15 returning players and three returning starters to the program's 11th ODAC Crown.

"It's an honor to be named captain of this program," said George, who will serve as lead captain. "The four seniors and I are excited about next season and the opportunity to lead this team. We will work our hardest in hopes of hanging a banner."

The quintet of seniors has made an impact on the program as Vick's first recruiting class. Last season, the Tigers finished with their best record under Vick at 19-8 overall, while their 11-5 ODAC mark was the highest conference winning percentage for the team since the 2003-04 Tigers. Over the past two years, the Tigers have been nearly unbeatable in Fleet Gymnasium, posting a 23-3 mark at home.

"I am extremely proud to name these five seniors our captains," commented Vick. "These individuals are great representatives of Hampden-Sydney College and, in particular, our basketball program. They have excelled in the classroom, and they have helped raise expectations with our basketball program. Each player offers invaluable leadership to our team, and I am excited to work closely with each of them in their last season."

The team returns 86 percent of its scoring from an offense that lead the ODAC at 87 points-per-game. On the national level, the Tigers explosive and efficient offense led all of Division III in both field goal percentage (51.7%) and scoring margin (+18.4).

Corrigan has improved every year on the court and last year started in seven of his 24 contests. He has proven to be a consistent shooter with a career field goal percentage of 43.1 percent. His main talent, however, is distributing the ball; the Richmond native was second on the team last season, dishing out 59 assists to just 33 turnovers. He was also able to recorded at least three assists in 12 games with a career-high seven against Pittsburgh-Greensburg. Corrigan becomes the second member of his family to serve as a basketball captain, as his father David '79 also held the honor as a senior.

George, a three-time All-ODAC, two-time All-South Region honoree and 2010 ODAC and VaSID Rookie of the Year, returns for his final campaign as the Tigers' 11th leading scorer with 1,335 points. Last season, he was the ODAC's third-leading scorer at 16.7 points-per-game to go with 6.1 rebounds-per-game. He was able to score 20 points 11 different times - including a stretch of six consecutive games - and notch four double-doubles, upping his career tally to 17.

Lumpkin, who sat out his first season due to injury, made a strong impact last season being one of five players to see action in all 27 games while starting in four. Averaging over 11 minutes-per-game, Lumpkin took care of the ball with a positive assist-to-turnover ratio and averaged 2.5 points- and 1.7 rebounds-per-game.

Potapov has seen action in 72 games in his three seasons while averaging just shy of five points-per-game for his career. He's scored in double digits seven different times, and can do so without bulk, shooting over 54 percent for his career - including 62 percent accuracy this past season.

Ward returns as the top three-point threat on the roster, having canned 31 triples while his 37.8 percent accuracy was the best on the team. His best shooting night came when he scored a career-high 21 points against Methodist while connecting on seven of his ten long range attempts. Ward averaged 6.5 points- and 2.4 assists-per-game in 21 contests. For his career, he has tallied 163 assists which is the highest mark for an active player.