When he started the year for us this year, I think he still suffered from a lack of confidence. He was rather unproductive on the court due to the fact that he wouldn't do what he does best -- shoot the ball. In the end, with a roster that needed some change, I had to do the toughest thing I have had to do -- cut Dewitt.
What made it so tough is that Dewitt is such a special person. There is no kinder or more respectful person than Dewitt, and he is the exact type of person you want representing your franchise. The reason that made the cut difficult is that Dewitt is as good as his early stint showed, but we just weren't seeing it.
Later in the season, we were able to bring Dewitt back, and I think we started to see Dewitt finding his groove again. He was aggressively hunting his shot, and what shot he has. I have been lucky to see some great shooters in my day, and I would put Dewitt up there with any of them. I think he started to realize that, if he can get the shot off, it is likely going to go in the hoop. He started taking more shots and started hitting them. His confidence rose and so did his game. He started taking the ball to the hole like he never had before. He rose up and hit clutch jumpers for us, including a monster corner three that won a game in Erie and a wing three that put the game away against Maine at home. He grabbed some decisive offensive rebounds against Maine in Portland, and he hit some more crucial threes to help us pull that game out. I think we are just scratching the surface with Dewitt and how he can contribute, and I hope he comes back even better next season. Thus, yes, I do foresee Dewitt coming back to the Ants and showing us how much more his game and confidence has grown.