Credit: Game of Inches

The War Eagles of Davie County, led by head coach Joshua Pittman, sit undefeated on the season at 16-0 and are certainly having a season to remember so far.  A team that finished 17-9 last year, brought a lot of talent back and was expected to be a strong group led by players such as 2025 Jackson Powers, 2025 Bryson Mickey, and several seniors.  But they have exceeded some early expectations already, sitting undefeated overall and in conference play.  Coach Pittman, a rising coach here in North Carolina, spoke to Phenom Hoops about the excitement with this group, the team’s mentality, and just how special this group has been so far.

Team Leaders:
2025 Jackson Powers: 15.1ppg, 10.6rpg, 1.7spg, 2.1bpg
2025 Bryson Mickey: 14.6ppg, 3.1apg
2024 Coleman Lawhon: 9.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.8spg, 4.6apg

See what he had to say below.

Phenom: Overall, what is the excitement around this year’s team and how is this year different from years past in your eyes?
Coach Pittman: I believe the main excitement is the surprise of the team. This team was expected to be better of course due to last year’s success and returning players, but their ability to stand up to adversity, adjust, and keep being coached is what really sticks out about this team.

Phenom: How much fun has it been coaching this team for you?
Coach Pittman: It has been fun. I have watched them grow, fight, and support each other. They have put their egos aside and really bought into the “WEBEFOREME” team attitude. It has been fun to see kids on the same page and locked in before every game.

Phenom: What has been your main focus and mentality with this group?
Coach Pittman: My focus with this group is just to make them work hard every day and stay locked in. The work will always show and if it is consistent, we will get good results. I stress that we stay humble and let our attitude, energy, heart, and effort do all the talking for us. Our mentality is team-first and put Davie County basketball on the map for good!

Phenom: Sitting undefeated on the season right now, just how special can this group be compared to other teams in Davie County history?
Coach Pittman: I think we have a way to go to start any comparisons and that is something that is always saved for after the season. I let others do that and I just focus on the short team, what is next, who is next, and what do we need to do to continue to get better. At this point, that is my main concern.