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Wilson native Jalen Harris is off to an outstanding start in his first season as point guard for the Arkansas Razorbacks, currently leading the NCAA Division I ranks in the all-important assist-to-turnover ratio.
Harris, who played at Greenfield School before transferring to Word of God in Raleigh, has 68 assists and just nine turnovers for a 7.56 ATO in 11 games. His 7.6 assists per game ranks sixth nationally and is tops among Southeastern Conference point guards. Harris is averaging 9.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in helping the Razorbacks to an 8-3 start. His .816 free-throw percentage leads the team.
He is one of the tri-captains for the Razorbacks this season.
Harris, a 6-foot-2, 166-pound redshirt sophomore, sat out last season after transferring from New Mexico. He averaged 4.5 points and 2.3 assists while playing in all 31 games and starting 18 as a freshman for the Lobos.
MCCADDEN OFF TO A GOOD START
While another former Greenfield point guard, Coby White, is off to a spectacular start in his freshman season at North Carolina, White’s former Knights running mate Elijah McCadden is doing just fine at Georgia Southern.
The 6-4 freshman guard and 2018 Greenfield graduate is averaging 6.4 points and 2.5 rebounds while playing in 11 of the Eagles’ 12 games. McCadden has started four times in helping Georgia Southern of the Sun Belt Conference to an 8-4 mark.
RAMS DUO ROCKING
Yet another former Greenfield player, William Crandell, is off to a good start in his senior season at Winston-Salem State. Crandell, who was an All-CIAA selection last season, is averaging 14.6 points and 5.9 rebounds for the Rams.
For the WSSU women’s team, Hunt High product Bri Pate, the Rams’ lone senior, is averaging a double-double of 15.6 points and 10.9 rebounds through 10 games.
Emilee Futrell, a 2017 Fike High graduate and a midfielder at Carson-Newman, was named to the NCAA Division II All-South Atlantic Conference second team for women’s soccer.
Futrell, a sophomore midfielder, helped the Eagles to a 15-4-1 overall mark as they won their fourth straight SAC regular-season title. She scored nine goals and had six assists for 24 points. As a freshman, Futrell helped Carson-Newman reach the national championship game.
STOKELY IN TEXAS
Futrell’s former Fike teammate, Katie Stokely, a 2015 graduate, started in 19 games for the Texas-Rio Grande Valley women’s soccer team this fall. The Vaqueros posted a program-best record of 12-6-1 and finished tied for second in the Div. I Western Athletic Conference.
Stokely, a North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association All-State selection at Fike, had three assists. She converted a penalty kick to help UTRGV defeat CSU-Bakersfield in a shootout for its first ever WAC tournament win.
Guilford College junior offensive tackle Emory Lyndon, a Hunt High product, was named to the Div. III Old Dominion Athletic Conference third team.
Lyndon helped the Quakers rank No. 4 nationally among Div. III offenses with 526.2 yards per game. A four-time selection to Guilford’s student-athlete honor roll, Lyndon was named to the ODAC All-Academic team in 2017-18.
DEMONS IN THE CIAA
Justin Daniels, a 2018 Fike grad, played in eight of Shaw’s 10 football games this season, recording 18 tackles, including 4.5 for loss, and intercepting a pass.
His former Golden Demons teammate, Dangelo Hodge, played in four games for rival St. Augustine’s, making three tackles.