For four years, Rod Hall suited up for Clemson basketball. But his athletic future may continue in another sport: football.
According to a Greenville News story, the 2011 Laney grad has received calls from NFL team scouts, wondering if he would be interested in a personal workout. At least 10 teams called showing interest in the college senior. Hall said scouts have been impressed by a YouTube video of his Laney football highlights.
The Masters Tournament starts next week, but it's never too early to be thinking about football, right?
The Georgia High School Association released football schedules for the upcoming season, sharing team-by-team schedules on its website.
As the men's and women's NCAA Tournaments get ready for the Sweet 16, three Augusta-area basketball players are still alive in the hunt for a Division I national championship:
-Oklahoma's Frank Booker
-Baylor's Khadijiah Cave
-North Carolina's Allisha Gray
Five local players had dreams of a March run when the tournament began. Here's how each one performed in the early rounds, with the group going 7-2 overall.
Anyone who watched Frank Booker at Westside knows all about his 3-point shooting. When given just a little room to shoot, Booker had no trouble firing and usually making his shots.
In a Feb. 1, 2013 win against Laney, Booker scored 40 points and had six 3-pointers.
Justin Gibbs, one of Aquinas' best offensive weapons, received an offer from Mississippi State on Monday. It was his first offer.
The sophomore Gibbs, a 6-foot-2, 188-pound receiver, finished third on the team in receiving this past season, getting 420 yards on 19 catches (22.1 yards per catch) for a team-best seven receiving touchdowns. He also had 23 total tackles on defense.
March Madness is about to dominate the sports scene, and a handful of local basketball players are hoping to make a run.
With the men's and women's NCAA Division I basketball tournaments starting this week, Augusta-area hoops fans shouldn't have trouble finding a piece of home throughout the country.
On the men's side, Frank Booker (Oklahoma), C.J. Washington (UAB) and James Webb III (Boise State) represent Augusta. In the women's bracket, there are Baylor's Khadijiah Cave and Allisha Gray of North Carolina.
Ahmed Hill’s freshman season hints at potential for even more.
The Aquinas boys basketball star’s first season at Virginia Tech ended Wednesday night in the second round of the ACC Tournament. After the Hokies beat Wake Forest on Tuesday, they lost to Miami, 59-49, to finish 11-22 on the season.
Hill, a former Augusta Chronicle All-Area Georgia Boys Basketball Player of the Year, averaged 8.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists as a freshman. He was fourth on the team in scoring.
Westside at Vidalia
The 5-5 Patriots are definitely in a slump, considering they’ve lost four games in a row. But Westside still made the playoffs for the first time since 2005. Unfortunately for the Patriots, it will be a short experience.
Bacon County at Screven County
Region champion Screven County is 9-1 thanks to bruising back Jeremy Johnson. Now the Gamecocks have to play fourth-seeded Bacon County. The two have met twice before, but that was back in 1996 and 1997. Expect this to be a close one.
2. Burke County-9-1
3. Strom Thurmond-11-1
4. Washington County-9-1
5. North Augusta-9-3
7. Silver Bluff-10-1
8. Lincoln County-9-1
9. Screven County-9-1
10. Augusta Christian-12-0
-Everyone in my poll won this past week, so there’s no change. However, with the playoffs starting for GHSA schools this week (at least all those not in Class A), expect some big differences once the season is done.
Westside at Josey
The Patriots clinch a spot in the state playoffs with a victory. Though they’re dealing with some injuries, they should stop their losing streak at three games and punch their ticket to the postseason.
Jefferson County at Thomson
Expect the Bulldogs to complete an unbeaten regular season. Jefferson County has a strong defense, but Thomson has too many playmakers to be kept quiet for very long.
Lakeside at Warner Robins