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.

Duke's Quinn Cook (2) drives against Western Michigan's Muhammed Conteh (32) during the first half of a non-conference game. (AP Photo/Sara D. Davis)

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.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots a 3-pointer to win the game. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

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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