Rives receives national award

First Posted: 12/2/2009

According to the National Junior College Athletic Associations Web site, former Mount Airy standout Robbie Rives was recently selected as the NJCAAs Division III mens basketball player of the week for the week of Nov. 25.
Rives, a 6-3, 180-pound guard who graduated in 2009, last week hit for more than 20 points in back-to-back wins for the Davidson County Community College Storm.
In a Nov. 21 72-67 win over Tidewater, Rives dropped 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting, which included going 3-for-6 from the 3-point line.
A day later, Rives scored 20 in a 87-59 win over CCBC-Dundalk with all of six of his field goals coming from behind the 3-point line.
So far this season Rives is leading the Storm by shooting 58-percent (20-of-34) from behind the arc and is averaging 9.3 points per game.
Robbie is working extremely hard, DCCC coach Matt Ridge said Wednesday. Hes coachable and he comes from a great program. He is an absolutely a joy to have as a part of our team. I am happy for him personally that he got this honor because he certainly deserved it. We hope for bigger and better things from Robbie Rives.
Rives entered the season as the Storms ninth man, but because of injuries and extenuating circumstances, found his way into the starting line up.
Ridge said he was impressed with the way the freshman stepped up.
We had questions about his foot speed and lateral quickness, but he overcomes a lot by being smarter than his opponent, Ridge said. He normally makes up for his lack of speed by being in the right spot, especially off the ball. He leads our team in charges taken and all this has come on very quickly. Its not every day you see a player going from ninth man to National Player of the Week.
Rives said he got to this point by keeping focused after finding out his playing time would be limited early in the season.
I just wanted to stay the course and keep working hard in practice, Rives said. I didnt know coming in how much playing time I would get, but that I would be the ninth man. I didnt get down on myself, I just said This is my role, and kept working hard. This past weekend we had some injuries and some suspensions and coach gave me an opportunity and I just made the most of it and was ready to play.
Rives averaged 16.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6 assists per game in his senior season, leading the Granite Bears to a 25-5 record and a conference tournament championship.
He was twice named to the Northwest 1A all-conference team and left Mount Airy as the winningest basketball player in school history, compiling a 96-22 varsity recording during his time under coach Kevin Spainhour.
The DCCC Storm are 7-5 and will play at Oxford College, Saturday at 2 p.m.

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