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.
Former Word of Life star Tristan Spurlock, who transferred to Central Florida after one season at Virginia, enjoyed a strong game Saturday at Southern Methodist. This red-shirt sophomore had with 15 points (including three three-pointers), two rebounds and a steal in a 59-52 win. For the season, the 6-foot-8 forward is averaging 8 points and 4.6 rebounds for the Knights (18-7, 7-4 Conference USA).
Sunday’s Villanova-Pittsburgh Big East showdown had a strong local flavor, with Villanova’s Mouphtaou Yarou (Montrose Christian), left, scoring 18 points to go with 14 rebounds and 3 blocks. Pitt (15-9), meantime, continues to get key contributions from a pair of front-court player with local ties — Dante Taylor (National Christian) and Talib Zanna (McNamara). Taylor, a 6-9 junior, had 9 points against the Wildcats and is averaging 6.4 on the season. Zanna, a 6-9 sophomore, is averaging 6.2 points.
Yarou, a 6-foot-10, 255-pound junior, is averaging 11.1 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Wildcats (10-13)
Brooke Point graduate Chay Shegog earned ACC women’s player of the week honors after scoring 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting in the Tar Heels’ 64-56 win over Virginia. Shegog also grabbed five rebounds.
Looking to keep an even pace with Big East leader Syracuse, the Georgetown Hoyas came ready to play against the South Florida Bulls on Saturday. Former Georgetown Prep All-Met Markel Starks had 10 points, four rebounds and an assist in a 75-45 win. The 14th ranked Hoyas travel to upstate New York for a showdown Wednesday at No. 2 Syracuse.
Going up a level to the NBA, this week we take a peek at the Memphis Grizzlies, who have three players with local ties — Rudy Gay (Spalding), Sam Young (Friendly) and Dante Cunningham (Potomac, Md. via St. John’s). Gay, a 6-6 forward is averaging a team-best 18.4 points and 6.6 rebounds for the Grizz (12-13). Cunningham, a 6-8 forward, is averaging 4.8 points and 4.1 rebounds and Young, a 6-6 forward, is averaging 4 points and 2.1 rebounds.
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