During his time at Pitt Community College, Goldsboro native Se’Maj Yelverton overcame multiple injuries to achieve his goals. Yelverton, a 6-foot-6 sophomore forward, is a vital piece in the Bulldog’s pursuit of a championship this season.
During a game earlier this season, Yelverton broke his wrist and missed most of the season.
“I jumped up and dunked,” said Yelverton. “During a game, you can’t hang on the rim, so I was going full speed, and I dunked, and I fell, so I tried to land on my hand, but all pressure went on my left wrist and broke it.”
Now healthy, Yelverton said contributing to a winning basketball team is something he doesn’t take for granted and is grateful for all the support people have given him.
“It’s been tough,” said Yelverton. “I’ve had great support behind me, that’s what really motivates me. If it wasn’t for the support, I don’t know if I would’ve been able to come back, but I’m glad to be back.
“It could’ve have been easy to give up, but I’ll never give up.”
The Bulldogs, led by Reginald Clark, have players who can handle the ball score. Yelverton, meanwhile, is a key contributor on the defensive end and helps give the Bulldogs more scoring opportunities.
Pitt Community College head coach Darrick Mullins said it has been impressive to watch Yelverton overcome his injuries.
“Se’Maj has been a consummate role model as it pertains to representing the Pitt basketball program and has matured to a well-rounded young adult,” said Mullins. “Although he’s been injured throughout the season, he’s still been a focal point offensively and defensively during the season.
“It’s been a pleasure coaching him, and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”
At Pitt Community College, Yelverton has averaged 3.8 points and 2.2 rebounds per game and is shooting 70 percent from inside the arc. However, during his senior year at Charles B. Aycock High School, Yelverton averaged 14 points and seven rebounds per game.
After missing most of the past two seasons, Yelverton said he is excited about playing the sport he loves again and is looking forward to the next step in his basketball career.
“Since I didn’t play much this season I’ll have to walk on to a team, but I got accepted to UNC Wilmington and UNC Charlotte, I’m just choosing which team I’m going to walk on to,” said Yelverton.