The short-term nature of two-year college athletics almost ensures that community college basketball has a year-to-year cycle.
But it's really difficult to watch the Moorpark College men's basketball team and not imagine the type of team it can become in the long term.
With a backcourt of Jamal McClerkin and Coltrane Powdrill, who are combining to average nearly 40 points per game, shooter Tarek Fattal, who had four big 3s in Wednesday's 84-78 win over Santa Barbara City, hustling role players like guard Greg Parker and forward Toki Oshodi and forward Alex Romero, who is averaging 11.2 points and 6.9 rebounds, the Raiders have a strong Class of 2012.
"We have the makings of something really special here," said Powdrill.
But the Raiders aren't willing to just look to next year.
"I really want to get the most out of both seasons," said McClerkin, the point guard from Chaminade. "We can do a lot of things this year."
Moorpark (6-9), which improved to 1-0 in the WSC North Wednesday, may be improving fast enough to give teams like Ventura and Oxnard a run this season.
"We're right there knocking at the door," said coach Remy McCarthy. "We're not freshmen anymore. We're not make the same mistakes we made earlier in the season."