Here is a brief look at former local prep players making news at the college ranks this week.
Former Liberty County High School basketball standout Rion Brown scored a game-high 19 points in the Miami Hurricanes’ 80-66 victory against Maryland on March 2.
According to UM’s athletic web-site, Brown hit three consecutive trey shots late in the second half of the game. Brown was 6 of 7 from beyond the arc.
For Brown, it was a turnaround game after he uncorked a 1-for-10 shooting performance against Florida State on Feb. 27.
"I think Rion is going to be a great player," senior Hurricane Adrian Thomas told the Miami Herald. "You saw flashes here today, saw it with Virginia when he hit big free throws. Cold-blooded freshman. He’s not even a freshman anymore. He’s playing real good right now."
Miami (18-13, 6-10 ACC) will have the No. 9 seed in this week’s ACC Tournament and will open tourney play Thursday at noon versus No. 8-seed Virginia (16-14, 7-9) on the ACC Network. The winner advances to Friday’s quarterfinals to square off against top-seeded North Carolina (24-6, 14-2) at noon on the ACC Network and ESPN2.
Former Lady Panther Metra Walthour scored a career-high 20 points in Georgia Tech’s 74-66 loss to Duke in the ACC semifinals on Saturday.
Walthour also sank five 3-pointers — including a banked-in runner from just across midcourt to end the first half — to lead the fifth-seeded Yellow Jackets (23-10), according to ramblinwreck.com.
The Lady Yellow Jackets reached the semis after defeating Maryland, 70-64, last Friday. In that game, Walthour chipped in 14 points. Walthour also scored 10 points during the ACC first-round game, where the Yellow Jackets beat Virginia Tech, 81-58, last Thursday.
Kwajelin Holsendolph, a former BI track standout, earned SoCon all-freshman accolades in both the 60-meter hurdles and 60-meter dash with second-place finishes in both for the Georgia Southern track team. According to the Georgia Southern website, she recorded the second-best time in Georgia Southern history in the 60-meter hurdles with a career-best mark of 8.58 seconds, taking nearly a half-second off her preliminary time. Holsendolph’s 7.65 mark in the 60-meter dash ranks fifth in the Eagles’ record book. The Eagles’ track team finished third at the Southern Conference indoor championships the last weekend in February.
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