A brief departure from the game of basketball did not diminish Kevin Muns' desire or ability.
Following his graduation from South Aiken, the 5-foot-10 point guard worked at the Augusta National Golf Club. Muns has returned to the hardcourt at Reinhardt College, an NAIA institution in Waleska, Ga., where he is refining his skills.
Muns has started 17 games for Reinhardt (11-10) and is averaging 6.6 points and 3.1 rebounds. He has hit on 13 of 31 3-pointers (42 percent) and has 24 steals.
"Not playing competitively for a year hurts you, but he's come along well," said Reinhardt coach Gerald Sharpe. "He handles the ball well and shoots the three. He's been a pleasant surprise."
Muns ran the point for the Thoroughbreds during their run to the 1998 South Carolina Class AAAA state championship. He averaged nine points and four assists at South Aiken.
Former Richmond Academy standout Ty Shine scored a season-high 18 points in Seton Hall's 97-66 win over West Virginia on Feb. 5. The 6-foot sophomore guard is averaging 7.8 points for the Pirates (16-4, 8-2 Big East) who entered Wednesday's game at Rutgers second in the conference.
Shine has started eight games and scored six points in the Pirates' 69-67 upset of Syracuse Monday night.
Jeff Bolton, continues his evolution into one of the Southern Conference's top players. Bolton, a 6-3 guard who prepped at Butler, has converted his last 25 free throws at the College of Charleston.
Bolton is one shy of tying Jermel President's school record for consecutive free throws. Bolton hit all six of his shots from the foul line in the Cougars' (18-4, 9-2 Southern) 65-52 win over The Citadel Feb. 7. With two more free throws against Furman Saturday, he will break President's one-year-old mark.
A year sharpening his skills will provide North Augusta product Tyrone Walker an opportunity to improve himself without losing any collegiate eligibility. The 6-4, 220-pound forward is enrolled at New Hampton (N.H.) Prep where he's on the honor roll and averaging 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocks per game.
Walker was forced to attend prep school when he fell one credit short of NCAA compliance. He has several mid-major schools recruiting him.
Antrone Lee is representing the Augusta area on the west coast. The Thomson grad has played an integral role in Long Beach State's current 14-game winning streak. Lee, a 6-7 swingman, scored 15 points in the 49ers' 98-82 victory over Cal-State Fullerton Feb. 5 and generally defends the opponents' best scorer.
April Steele is running the offense at Florida Community College at Jacksonville (FCCJ). The Richmond Academy product is averaging 13.7 points, 3.9 assists and 2.6 steals for the Stars (16-6).
Steele guided the Musketeers to the 1997 Georgia Class AAA state championship. She transferred to FCCJ from Gulf Coast Community College and intends to continue her career at a Division I school.
Augusta native Ricky Gandy is averaging 8.5 points and 4.0 rebounds for Western Carolina (11-11). The Catamounts' swingman has scored in double figures eight times this year with a season-high 17 at Northwestern on Dec. 18. The 6-4 junior transferred from Western Nebraska Community College and has started 13 games this year.
James Seegars has started eight games for Charleston Southern (6-16, 2-7 Big South) and is averaging five points. Seegars, a 6-3 freshman guard, won the 1999 GISA Class AAA state championship while at Augusta Christian.
Reach Jimmy DeButts at (706) 823-3221.