By Dave Wagner
Coming off a solid season at Cochise College, a junior college located near Douglas, Ariz., and with another year of eligibility there, former Clovis High point guard Kerwin Nance said he wasn’t looking to go anywhere.
That all changed, though, when other colleges came calling.
“I wasn’t looking to leave,” said Nance, who helped CHS to Class 5A state tournament appearances in 2000 and 2001. “But after I found out other schools were recruiting me, I figured I’d play the field and see what was out there.”
Nance has signed a letter of intent with Division II Southern Colorado, located in Pueblo, where he will have three years of eligibility remaining. He is one of three college transfers signed by Thunderwolves coach Joe Folda for the 2003-04 season.
It’s likely Nance will start the season behind returning point guard Alfred Sanchez, who will be a senior.
“Kerwin’s super-quick with the ball and will give us a great change of pace when he comes in the game,” Folda said. “He’s a good leader that should take over for Alfred in the next couple of years.”
Nance said the Thunderwolves could open the door for him to start next season at some point by moving Sanchez to shooting guard.
After redshirting his first year at Cochise, Nance averaged 7.2 points and 5.6 assists this season for the Apaches, who finished second in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference and reached the Arizona regional finals.
Cochise lost by a point in the regional championship game to Yavapai on a last-second three-pointer, Nance said, denying the Apaches a trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament.
“I enjoyed my time at Cochise,” Nance said. “It was a great experience and it really helped me.”
He said he liked what he saw when he visited the Southern Colorado campus.
“I got to meet the coaches,” he said. “Coach (Folda) is coming down here sometime next month to meet my parents.”
Folda thinks the Thunderwolves have improved their overall talent level with the three signees, also including a shooting guard from Lamar (Colo.) Community College and a power forward from Division I Baylor. USC, a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, went 17-11 in 2002-03.
“Overall, it’s an outstanding class,” Folda said. “We feel we’ve signed three players who can contribute to our program right away, and we feel we’ve signed three outstanding kids.”