Bentavious Galmore juggled a job, his studies and playing on the men’s basketball team his freshman year at Coahoma Community College.
Galmore, a point guard, is a 2020 Coahoma County High School graduate.
“My first year, it was mostly a learning experience,” Galmore said. “I had to go in and learn the system. I struggled a bit trying to work and play basketball at the same time so it was a learning experience. It was fun, though.”
Galmore delivers pizza for Domino's Pizza. Having classes online during the COVID pandemic helped him manage his schedule.
“It was kind of easier this past year with school being online,” Galmore said. “I was able to do school work from home and then managing my job worked out. I had to make sure I would be able to go to work after my workouts with basketball practice and study hard and all that.”
As people were staying home during the COVID pandemic, there were more pizza deliveries than usual.
“We were big on the weekends,” Galmore said. “It increased.”
With CCC going back to in-person learning for 2021-22, Galmore will have to step things up managing his time.
“I’m going to be able to manage better this year,” Galmore said. “I’m just more focused on basketball. I think I was more focused on the job my first year of college. I’m going to put my focus into basketball this year where I will be able to get a scholarship to a bigger university.”
Galmore has an extra year of eligibility at CCC since he played in the middle of the COVID pandemic, but he plans to only be there for one more season.
“This is my second year, so I’m looking forward to getting out of there this year where I have three years of eligibility at a university,” Galmore said.
He is open to playing at any four-year school, but Ole Miss caught his attention when the Red Panthers won the state championship on the Rebels’ basketball court his senior year of high school. Galmore won state championships three of his four high school years and was the championship game MVP as a senior.
“Ever since I played my championship game in high school at Ole Miss, I just loved the energy, the playing at The Pavilion,” Galmore said. “It just changed my whole heart so I would love to play at The Pavilion, but anywhere I would get a chance I would do.”
As soon as Galmore arrived at CCC, he saw things would be tougher.
“It’s much different,” Galmore said. “You’re not going to be faster than everybody. You’re not going to be stronger than everybody. You’re going to meet people that are on your level. It’s much different from high school. Whatever you did in high school, you’re really going to have to work on your game to get better. People, they’re the same as you. People are working on their game in college. Nobody is garbage. Everybody is good.”
Galmore led CCC with 25 points en route to a 63-58 victory at home against Mississippi Delta Community College in the first round of the Region 23 Tournament.
Then-CCC coach Micheal Stringer showed confidence in Galmore.
“I told coach, I told him playoff time, I usually always show up,” Galmore said. “I was in the gym getting shots up. I was getting ready. I was able to do what I did. It was big for the team. In that last game, I didn’t do well, but we still fought hard and still came up short. I feel like I could have put more out there that last game. The one we did win, I was ready for it. It was playoff time.”
Galmore has gotten to know new CCC coach Richard “Dell” Cannon.
“We talk every day,” Galmore said. “I talked to him today after I worked out. I go out there and workout every day. He tells me what we’re bringing in, what everything is going to look like. He is telling me how everything is going to run. I’m looking forward to it. I’m ready for it.”
Galmore’s personal goal is to be a leader next season.
“This is my second year in,” Galmore said. “I’m a point guard. I’ve got to be able to lead my team. They’ve got to be able to follow.”
A team goal is to keep everyone together and build chemistry.
“Once you’ve got good chemistry, you’ll be able to play well on the court,” Galmore said. “I think we have good chemistry off the court, team relationships, so we’ll be OK.”
Galmore said a leader is most important to the team and the Red Panthers performed better when he showed leadership.
“A leader is always most important to a team,” Galmore said.
“Going into college, you’ve got to have a leader and be like that second coach to the players.”
He has high expectations for the Tigers next season.
“Get ready for the new CCC,” Galmore said.
Galmore is a criminal justice major and has taken introduction to criminal justice online. He enjoyed reading the books and learning the information. He is an honor student with a 3.6 GPA.
“Basketball is my heart, though, but school is always there,” Galmore said. “I am a student-athlete. School comes first.”