Former Cambridge Rindge & Latin basketball star Dimon Carrigan is on the move again. But the goal remains for the 6-foot-9-inch defensive demon: a full scholarship to a Division 1 program.
On Tuesday morning, the 2016-17 Globe Super Teamer was on a flight out of Logan Airport bound for warmer temps and Eastern Florida State College, a junior college in Cocoa that is ranked fifth in this week’s NJCAA Top 25 poll. He will enroll in classes for the spring semester as part of the Class of 2019.
Carrigan, along with former teammate Jakigh Dottin, enrolled last fall at Woodstock Academy in Connecticut. The duo had led Cambridge to 45 straight wins and back-to-back Division 1 state titles.
But Carrigan left the school after an off-the-court incident with a teammate.
“I was attacked [and] we both got kicked out of the basketball program, so that meant we couldn’t stay on campus,” said Carrigan. “I wasn’t commuting to school.”
He quickly transitioned to Bunker Hill Community College, playing for Nkrumah Jones, his former AAU coach who is also on the Cambridge faculty.
Carrigan was dominant in the paint, powering BHCC to an 11-3 record. He averaged 19.6 points, 17.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and a staggering 7.2 blocked shots per contest.
“It feels good to be reconnected and [Jones] definitely helps me to get my confidence up,” said Carrigan after a game in December.
Defensively, he was a monster. Carrigan had a run of four games with 21-plus rebounds, and notched three 10-plus-block performances. His best game came in a loss to Quincy College: 44 points, 24 rebounds, and 11 blocks.
Now he is off to Florida and a Titan squad that is 17-2 squad entering Saturday’s game against Florida State College at Jacksonville.
“It brings me joy to know that when there are bumps in the road, but you just keep on driving, that’s what Dimon’s doing right now,” said Jones, who realized that Carrigan’s stay at BHCC might be brief.
“He’s strapped in with his seatbelt, and he’ll continue to drive along this road until he reaches his destination. He has my blessing.”
Last fall Carrigan was considering Syracuse, Miami, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Houston, Texas, Wichita State, and Connecticut. He said there have been more offers recently. Now he is ready for the next challenge.
“I want people to know that nobody’s too good to go anywhere,” Carrigan said. “Basically, no matter how big your ranked, or how much your name is known, you can draw a lot from any level of basketball — anywhere and any place.”