Freshman duo hope to continue success at Robert Morris
By Adam Bittner
Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 11:33 p.m.
Incoming Robert Morris freshmen Britton Lee and Jeremiah Worthem won't be building a new relationship on or off the court this summer as many of their peers at other programs will be.
They took care of that in high school.
The Philadelphia natives join the Colonials from the Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School, where they keyed a run to the PIAA Class A semifinals last season.
And as they begin adjusting to the college game, they're glad to be sharing the experience.
“It makes you feel really comfortable. It makes you feel like you're still at home,” Lee said Monday at the Green Tree Pro-Am Summer League.
Lee, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound guard, averaged 10 points, 2.9 assists and 2.5 steals per game as a senior at MCSCS while Worthem, a 6-6, 215-pound forward, tallied 15.7 points and grabbed 8.3 rebounds per contest.
The two helped MCSCS to a 26-3 record, which included a perfect 11-0 district mark last season.
They hope that history of producing together can translate to their new team, where Worthem believes they can work well, especially as a combination.
“We pretty much get each other shots,” Worthem said.
“With him being so quick, he likes to penetrate and dish, and I do the same for him.”
The duo is on different summer league teams, allowing them to get court time with teammates as well as players from other schools, including Pitt and Youngstown State.
Off the court, though, they are roommates and share a strong, honest relationship.
“Whenever I'm not working hard, whenever I'm not doing something right, he doesn't care about my feelings. He stays on my back,” Worthem said.
Rising junior forward Lucky Jones believes that history is a great foundation from which the two can build, and he said the veterans are taking an active role in helping them fit their collective game into the Colonials' system.
Jones noted Worthem's size combined with athleticism will be an asset for the team while Lee's instincts for knowing when to drive, shoot or pass will help at the point.
He also likes the way both compete on the defensive end, which he said is key to fitting into the way Robert Morris likes to play.
Worthem and Lee join fellow freshman Kavon Stewart and junior college transfers Charles Oliver, Desjuan Newton and Aaron Tate in the Colonials' 2013-14 recruiting class that's looking to help the program build on a season that included an upset of defending national champion Kentucky in the first round of the NIT.
Jones doesn't want his new teammates to rest on last year's success, though. He hopes guys including Worthem and Lee will come in aspiring for bigger accomplishments.
“I know a lot of people keep saying, ‘Kentucky, Kentucky, Kentucky,' ” Jones said. “It was last year, and the new guys have to experience something better than just beating Kentucky in the NIT.”
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