Many players from our area take their skills to play in college, some even to the pros. These kids are the same kids that you grew up with and more likely than not dominated your high school team. Some will forget about these guys, but others ask, “Where are they now?” We have the answers.
The fifth-ranked Duke men’s basketball team took on Western Michigan this past Friday and the Blue Devils proved
why they are considered to be one of the country’s top teams, beating the Broncos, 110-70, after putting up 63 points in the first half. Quinn Cook (left), the 2010 All-Met Player of the Year while a junior at DeMatha, finished with 16 points, eight assists, four rebounds, and two steals. Cook earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors for the second straight week.
In the NBA, Prince George’s County native Ty Lawson helped the Nuggets surge past the Los Angeles Lakers during the second leg of a home-and-home series. Although Lawson had 17 points, 10 assists, and three rebounds, the bigger story was Kobe Bryant reaching his 28,000 career point. Lawson’s effort, however, was enough for Denver to sneak out a 99-90 win over their western opponent on Jan. 1.
In one of the most exciting NBA games of the season so far, former
Montrose Christian star Kevin Durant (right), came up big for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant finished with 30 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, but the shot that truly mattered was his buzzer-beating, turnaround three-pointer that gave the Thunder a 104-102 victory over the reigning champion Dallas Mavericks.
Playing with five stitches on his hand, Riverdale Baptist product Michael Beasley and the young Minnesota Timberwolves won a big game against one of the most experienced teams in the league, the San Antonio Spurs. In the 106-96 victory, Beasley had 19 points, five rebounds, and three assists.
Switching gears to the NFL, Larry Asante, a former Hayfield star, made an impact defensively for the Arizona Cardinals in an overtime thriller against Seattle. Asante recorded seven tackles (six solo) and forced a fumble against the Seahawks as the Cardinals won 23-20 on a Jay Feely field goal.
In the college football ranks, Michael Campanaro, the 2008 All-Met Offensive Player of the Year at River Hill, had a terrific game for Wake Forest in the Music City Bowl. Campanaro had 10 catches for 128 yards, but the Demon Deacons fell to Mississippi State, 23-17.
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