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Prep Notebook: Alers and Jones pondering options
BY TAFT COGHILL JR.
Two Fredericksburg-area basketball standouts are weighing their college options.
James Monroe senior center Te’Quan Alers will visit Virginia Union University next week, Yellow Jackets coach Antonio Coghill said.
The Panthers have won three Division II national championships in their history, and have produced NBA stars Charles Oakley and Ben Wallace.
Alers has also received interest from Sacred Heart, a Division I program in Fairfield, Conn.
Alers, who stands 6-foot-9, was The Free Lance–Star’s player of the year this past season. He averaged 17.6 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game as he helped lead the Yellow Jackets to their first state tournament berth in 40 years.
North Stafford senior guard T.J. Jones is receiving interest from Virginia Military Institute, Wolverines coach Brad Lear said.
Jones (6 feet) was the Commonwealth District player of the year this past season after he averaged an area-best 22 points per game. Lear said Jones has also visited several Division II programs. St. Thomas Aquinas in New York and Lincoln Memorial in Tennessee have shown the most interest, Lear said.
TRENT MAKES HER PICK
Courtland girls basketball standout Anika Trent will play for Christopher Newport University, Cougars coach J.T. Nino said.
Trent was a first-team all-Battlefield District selection last season.
She was second-team All-Area. The forward was the lone senior starter on a Courtland team that finished 30–1 with its first loss coming in the Group AA, Division 4 title game to unbeaten Millbrook.
ACC TEAMS WANT LOCALS
Chancellor junior football standout Chris Holmes received a scholarship offer from defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion Clemson on Tuesday night.
Holmes, a 6–1 receiver, also has offers from South Carolina, West Virginia, Boston College, East Carolina, Temple, Marshall, Ohio and Old Dominion.
Chancellor assistant coach Chris Lam said Virginia will visit Holmes on Thursday. Maryland is set to visit on Monday. Boston College visited earlier this week.
Mountain View junior wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton recently picked up scholarship offers from Miami (Fla.) and Duke. Hamilton also has offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Wake Forest, Temple, East Carolina and Liberty.
BUFFALO SOLD ON RAVENEL
North Stafford junior wide receiver Brandon Ravenel collected his fifth scholarship offer in the past week. Buffalo of the Mid-American Conference has offered Ravenel a scholarship, Wolverines coach Joe Mangano said.
Ravenel, a first-team All-Area performer in 2011, also has scholarship offers from Boston College, Purdue, Temple and James Madison.
HAWK HEADING SOUTH
Brooke Point senior football standout Dominic Infante will play for Division III Randolph–Macon College, Black–Hawks coach Jeff Berry said. Infante was a first-team all-Commonwealth District defensive lineman in 2011.
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