Saturday, April 25, 2009

Greenfield gym a busy place this week

Greenfield boys basketball head coach Rob Salter let me know the school has had many guests this week as a parade of college basketball head coaches and assistant coaches have stopped by.

Of course, the Knights boast a pair of major Division I recruits in Brian Richardson and Jeremy Jeffers but Jarred Hinton and Darian Cahill are getting their fair share of attention as well.

Head coaches from Marquette, Bucknell, Auburn, South Carolina, High Point and Winthrop have dropped in while assistant coaches from Maryland, Michigan, Alabama, Virginia Commonwealth, East Carolina, Auburn, UNC-Greensboro, Elon, UNC-Wilmington, Arizona State and Xavier have paid visits.


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Brown won't be in N.Y. for NFL draft

The NFL front office, at least, doesn't think former Florida State and Beddingfield High defensive end Everette Brown will be one of the first nine picks in its draft on April 25-26.

Brown wasn't among the nine players invited by the league to attend the first day of the draft in New York City's Radio City Music Hall.

So instead of waiting for his name to be called in the infamous "green room," perhaps Brown, the 2005 Wilson Daily Times Ironman of the Year, will await the phone call from his future employer from his parents' house in Stantonsburg.

Depending on what mock draft (and there are dozens on the Internet) you've seen, Brown could go anywhere in the first round from ninth to Green Bay to 11th to Buffalo to 13th to Washington to 14th to New Orleans or 19th to Tampa Bay. ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. doesn't even have Brown in his top 16 and since I'm not an ESPN Insider, I can't check out the rest of Kiper's draft to find out who he thinks will take Brown, who ended his Seminoles career as one of the nation's top pass rushers.

The consensus does seem to suggest that Brown, who has played DE for his entire career, might end up as an outside linebacker in the NFL's current favorite 3-4 defense.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Boyette back on track

Duke redshirt senior running back Re'quan Boyette seems to have hit his stride already.

The 2005 Fike High School graduate peeled off a 55-yard scoring romp in the Blue Devils' 85-play scrimmage Friday morning in Wallace Wade Stadium.

That's good news for Boyette, who had 68 yards on six carries, who missed all last season with a leg injury after leading Duke in rushing in each of the previous two seasons.

The Blue Devils, who went 4-8 in head coach David Cutcliffe's inaugural season last fall, will play their annual Spring Game on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Wallace Wade. There is no admission charge.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Anthony Atkinson and Harlem Globetrotters featured in Sports Illustrated

A great piece in the latest Sports Illustrated is on the resurgence of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Our own Anthony Atkinson is quoted in the lengthy feature by L. Jon Wertheim, so check it out.