Originally created 06/27/99

Local buzz



Sam Smith of the Chicago Tribune reports two Augusta-area players are likely first-round picks in the June 30 NBA Draft.

Smith writes that William Avery, a former Westside standout out of Duke, will be in the "second tier" in the first round but in the top 12 picks. He also notes that Thomson's Vonteego Cummings out of Pittsburgh played himself into the first round with his play at last week's pre-draft camp in Chicago.

Smith rates the top six in the draft like this: Rhode Island forward Lamar Odom, who decided to return to school last week, then had another change of heart and will enter the draft, Maryland guard Steve Francis, UCLA point guard Baron Davis, Duke forward Elton Brand, Miami (Ohio) forward Wally Szczerbiak and Duke forward Corey Maggette.

Smith reports the Chicago Bulls, who have the No. 1 pick, may be leaning toward a trade that would allow them to take Brand and Maggette in the first round. He reports that the Charlotte Hornets want Francis with the first pick.

CAMPING:

The Marybeth Regan Memorial Basketball camp enters its 10th year on Monday and is one of the most unique camps in the area.

The five-day event, held at Westside High School, is devoted solely to middle-school girls basketball players. Counselors are volunteers and supplies are given by the community. All proceeds go to the Marybeth Regan memorial fund at Augusta State University, where Regan played collegiately from 1980-84. Last year, the camp raised nearly $2,500 for a scholarship at Augusta Stare. Regan died in October 1989 from a mysterious swelling of the brain stem.

The event aims to attract about 35 girls annually. Former Hephzibah player Brandi Hicks, now at UNC Charlotte, and former Regan teammate Debbie Born, the girls coach at Greenbrier High School, have volunteered in the past.

The camp fee is $125 and includes T-shirt, lunch, snacks and awards. Call 860-2369 for more information.

HOOPS BITS:

From the bad timing department: Hot recruit Damien Wilkins visited Georgia Tech last fall on the same weekend that Tech guard Dion Glover suffered a season-ending injury. Wilkins, the son of NBA player Gerald Wilkins, eventually signed with N.C. State. ... Allen University in Columbia made a big haul of local girls talent recently when Austellia Dixon and Tee-Era Warthen of Josey and Deborah Hudson of Warrenton signed. All three played at Denmark (S.C.) Tech the last two seasons. The 5-8 Dixon is considered the best of the three, after averaging 14 points, nine rebounds and 3.4 assists last year.