By Will Nations
It could be a tough time for senior Demarius Calvert inside the paint as a member of the West Point Green Wave frontcourt.
Yet the undersized, 6-foot-2-inch power forward does not let any problem with a height disadvantage become a decisive factor in his performance on the court.
With an incredible vertical leap and confidence in his personal ability, Calvert has learned to even the playing field against his bigger opponents, continuing to prove many doubters that he belongs with the big guys down low.
‚ÄúThe team looks for me down in the post,‚ÄĚ Calvert said. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm definitely not a big man, but I play hard for my team. I carry them, and they carry me too.‚ÄĚ
Calvert has provided strong minutes in the Wave‚Äôs first months of the season, averaging close to 15 points per game. The forward, better known by his coaches and teammates as ‚ÄúD.C.,‚ÄĚ is strong in the lane collecting a handful of blocks and securing nearly 10 rebounds a contest ‚Äď offensive and defensive.
His efforts have resulted in multiple double-double games, and West Point Head Coach Brad Cox can only issue praise for his No. 32.
‚ÄúHe plays with so much heart,‚ÄĚ Cox said. ‚ÄúHe is good about simply going and getting the ball (on rebounds).
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