TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Freshman duo hope to continue success at Robert Morris

College Football Videos

By Adam Bittner
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.”

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Starkey: Stupid Steelers
  2. Steelers running backs Bell, Blount will face drug charges
  3. West Mifflin loses KaBOOM! playground bid
  4. West Mifflin may demolish fire-damaged home
  5. Lincoln amends its seismic testing laws
  6. Monessen man faces another trial
  7. Chase suspect faces trial, other woes
  8. It’s only exhibition, but these Steelers could solidify roster spots vs. Eagles
  9. Area school districts set to begin new year
  10. Young man with a gift
  11. Braves’ error, Sanchez’s sacrifice fly in 9th help Pirates snap long skid
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.