By Anthony Rhoads
Former high school players from the Southern Crescent are definitely making an impact at the collegiate level this season.
Our of nine former area players who are Division I rosters this season, four are leading their teams in scoring and one is second on his team.
Savannah State's Josh Barker, Youngstown State's Quin Humphrey, Appalachian State's Chris McFarland and George Washington's J.R. Pinnock are all leading their teams in scoring Toney Douglas is second in scoring at Auburn.
Barker, a sophomore, leads Savannah State with 13.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game this year. The Lovejoy High School graduate led the Tigers in assists last year in his freshman season.
Humphrey, a sophomore, leads Youngstown State with 16.3 points per game with 7.0 rebounds per game. Humphrey is a Stockbridge High School graduate.
Chris McFarland, a senior, leads Appalachian State with 18.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game this year. McFarland is a Riverdale High School graduate.
J.R. Pinnock, a sophomore, leads George Washington with 17 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Pinnock is a former Eagle's Landing High School student.
Douglas, a freshman, is second at Auburn with 19.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Douglas is a Jonesboro High School graduate.
Josh Brewster, a freshman, is getting some playing time at Alabama State. The North Clayton High School graduate is averaging about nine minutes per game.
Karl Hollingsworth, a junior, is a averaging 8.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game at Stetson. Hollingsworth is a Mt. Zion High School graduate.
Anthony Rice, a senior, is averaging 9.2 points and 2.5 rebounds per game this season at Memphis. Rice, a North Clayton High School graduate, entered this season second on the school's all-time 3-point list.
Terrence Woodyard, a senior, is averaging 6.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game this year at Western Carolina. Woodyard is a Mt. Zion High School graduate.
In women's basketball, there are several former area players on Division I squads this year.
Morrow High School graduate Kirby Copeland is averaging about 9.5 minutes per game in her sophomore season at Virginia Tech.
Kim Jordan, a sophomore, is averaging about six minutes per game at North Carolina A&T this year. Jordan is a North Clayton High School graduate.
Dominique Philpots, a freshman, is averaging 12.5 minutes per game at Tulane. Philpots is a Riverdale High School graduate.
Jessica Williams, a junior, is averaging 6.0 points per game at Georgia Tech. The Riverdale High School graduate is a captain this season for the Lady Yellow Jackets.