Mercer’s Hall to play in national all-star game

mlough@macon.comApril 1, 2014 

The season ended more than a week ago, but Langston Hall still has a game to play.

The Mercer senior guard will join players from Georgetown, Indiana and Pittsburgh, among others, on the East squad for Friday’s National Association of Basketball Coaches all-star game.

The game will broadcast on a tape delay at noon on Saturday on CBS.

Stanford’s Johnny Dawkins is the West head coach while Maryland’s Mark Turgeon, who coached in the A-Sun at Jacksonville State, leads the East.

Hall teams with nine others on the East: Karvel Anderson, Robert Morris; Markel Starks, Georgetown; Pendarvis Williams, Norfolk State; Dwayne Evans, Saint Louis; Will Sheehey, Indiana; Juvonte Reddic, VCU; Jerrelle Benimon, Towson; Halil Kanacevic, Saint Joseph’s; and Talib Zanna, Pittsburgh.

On the West: Davion Berry, Weber State; Joe Jackson, Memphis; Neil Watson, Southern Miss; Drew Crawford, Northwestern; Jaye Crockett, Texas Tech; Cameron Clark, Oklahoma; Cory Jefferson, Baylor; Shawn Jones, Middle Tennessee; Sam Dower, Gonzaga; Christian Standhardinger, Hawaii; and Garrick Sherman, Notre Dame.

Hall has known about his selection for a few days, but the team was announced Tuesday.

It’s the second straight year a Mercer player has been part of Final Four festivities.

Jake Gollon earned a trip to Atlanta a year ago as a member of the NABC Good Works team and was honored at halftime of the Michigan-Syracuse semifinal last year.

It’s Hall’s second honor of the week. He was named an honorable mention All-American on Monday by The Associated Press, joining Joel Embiid of Kansas, Tyler Ennis of Syracuse, Gary Harris of Michigan State, Tyler Haws of BYU, Casey Prather and Patric Young of Florida, and Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State, among others.

Bobcats still rolling

Georgia College has lost two games since the beginning of March, and the Bobcats continue to live life in the top 10 in Division II baseball polls.

The Bobcats moved up three spots to No. 6 nationally in the latest Collegiate Baseball poll, owning a 24-5 record.

Georgia College stayed at No. 6 in D2Baseballnews.com, No. 7 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and No. 8 in Collegebaseballlineup.com.

The Bobcats have won five straight and14 of their past 15. Georgia College has cracked the 10-run mark 12 times this season and held opponents to three runs or less 11 times.

The Bobcats are fourth in the Peach Belt Conference with a .329 average and fifth with a 5.19 ERA.

Georgia College visits Erskine on Wednesday in non-conference action, then welcomes Columbus State -- a near-consensus top-20 team -- to Milledgeville for a conference showdown on Friday (6 p.m.) and Saturday (doubleheader starts at 1 p.m.).

Honor Roll

A pair of Middle Georgians made the Southern Conference’s winter academic honor roll.

Anna Claire Knight, a senior women’s basketball player, was one of only two from Georgia Southern to make the 160-person list. Knight, from Trinity Christian in Dublin, has a 3.80 in sport management.

FPD product Ashley Cope, a senior track runner at Samford, has a 3.36 in exercise science.

Cope was also the one of the conference’s athletes of the month in February for being the top field performer at the conference indoor championship and helping the Bulldogs to a fourth-place finish. She won the pentathlon and 60-meter hurdles and ran a leg in the 4x400 relay.

Georgia Southern on the tube

Georgia Southern’s debut season in the Sun Belt Conference includes a pair of ESPNU games.

The Eagles will face Appalachian State and Troy on Thursday nights on the network.

Georgia Southern hosts Appalachian State on Sept. 25 and Troy on Oct. 30. Kickoff times will be announced.

Heading north

Former Fort Valley State player Michael Bellamy has signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.

Bellamy spent one season with Fort Valley State after starting his career at Clemson and moving to East Mississippi Community College and Eastern Arizona College.

Around the state

Georgia State men’s basketball head coach Ron Hunter is the NABC top coach for District 24.

The Panthers have won 62 games under the third-year coach and reached the NIT this season.

Mike Young of Wofford is the District 21 honoree and Rick Byrd of Belmont the choice in District 19.

Georgia State sophomore R.J. Hunter, son of the head coach, was named an honorable mention AP All-American this week, after being named the Sun Belt player of the year.

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