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College notebook: Vegas trip pays off for Green
BY STEVE DeSHAZO
The 2011–12 basketball season was a frustrating one for Avery Green and Shenandoah University.
The former Courtland High School standout averaged 15.7 points per game as a sophomore, but the Hornets finished 5–22 as no one else averaged in double figures.
But with the new school year weeks away, both Green and second-year coach Rob Pryor are feeling better.
Pryor expects up to 10 new faces on his team as the Hornets move from the USA South Conference into the challenging Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
And Green was encouraged by his performance last week at the Scorers 1st showcase event in Las Vegas for players with aspirations of playing professionally overseas.
“It’s something I can use as I go forward,” Green said Monday. “I was going up against a lot of older, bigger guys. It definitely built my confidence.”
Green estimated there were 90 to 100 players in Las Vegas, most of them college graduates or members of NBA D-League rosters. After a day of drills and measurements, the 6-foot-1 guard said he played three games in two days.
“The things I need to work on are pulling up on my jump shots and jumping on my jump shots,” he said. “The thing I did best was I didn’t turn the ball over. I scored 17 points [in one game] and made a lot of steals.”
Under NCAA rules, Green paid his way to the event. Pryor said Green’s statistics piqued the interest of organizers, and he hopes the experience benefits both his star guard and his team.
“Avery’s going to be a big part of any success we have next year,” Pryor said. “But he’s going to have more help. I’ll be interested to see how he blends his talents with our new guys’.”
Six University of Mary Washington athletes were among the 156 honorees from 26 schools on the 2011–12 Virginia Sports Information Directors Academic All-State team.
UMW’s representatives were seniors Megan DeSmit (swimming), Kelly Scott (cross country/track), Marina Frano (equestrian), Chris Moore (baseball), and Chris Marino (cross country/track) and sophomore Liz Green (cross country/track).
Other honorees included Radford senior softball standout Nichole Beall (Culpeper); Apprentice School sophomore football player Brock Bullock (Spotsylvania); and Lynchburg senior runner Daniel Cutright and senior volleyball player Elena Kritter (Culpeper).
Honorees have a 3.25 or better cumulative grade point average.
Longwood rising junior Hannah Pierce (King George) was named to the 2011–12 All-American Scholar Team by the National Golf Coaches Association. She had a 3.5 GPA and and 80.62 scoring average. She also reached the second round of match play in last week’s Virginia State Golf Association Women’s Amateur.
The NCAA recently cleared U.S. Army veteran Daniel Rodriguez (Brooke Point) to walk on at Clemson. Rodriguez, who earned a Bronze Star for his duty in Iraq, hopes to make the defending Atlantic Coast Conference champions’ roster as a receiver and special-teams player.
Davidson rising senior Sarah Fisher (James Monroe) was one of five goalkeepers recently named to USA Field Hockey’s South Region high performance training squad, exposing her to top-level off-season coaching.
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