Local players excel at next level

By Anthony Rhoads

Former North Clayton High School standout Dexter Lyons is closing out his collegiate basketball career in style.

Lyons leads the University of Central Florida this year with 16.7 points per game.

Central Florida has six games remaining in the regular season before play begins in the Atlantic Sun tournament on March 3 in Nashville, Tenn.

Lyons isn't the only former local player to stand out this year in college.

Josh Barker, a freshman at Savannah State, leads the Tigers in assists this season with 2.4 assists per game. Barker is a Lovejoy High School graduate. Teammate and former Union Grove standout P.L. Henderson is averaging 6.3 points per game this year.

Riverdale High School graduate Chris McFarland is second in scoring at Appalachian State with 12.2 points per game. The junior ranks first in rebounds with 5.3 rebounds per game.

North Clayton's Anthony Rice is averaging 8.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game at Memphis. Rice is a junior this year.

Mt. Zion's Terrence Woodyard has played in 21 games and started twice this year at Western Carolina. The junior is averaging 3.2 points per game.

Former Eagle's Landing High School player and current George Washington freshman J.R. Pinnock was recently named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week. Pinnock is averaging 8.2 points per game.

Stockbridge's Quin Humphrey is averaging 6.3 points per game at Youngstown State. He is a freshman this season.

Former Mt. Zion standout Karl Hollingsworth is currently sitting out thisseason at Stetson University after transferring from Tulane.

Riverdale's Jessica Williams, who was named the News-Daily Girls' Player of the Year in 2002, is averaging 6.1 points per game for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets this year. She is a sophomore this season.

Kirby Copeland, the News-Daily's 2003 Southern Crescent Girls' Player of the Year, is in her freshman season at Virginia Tech. The former Morrow High School standout has played in 20 games and is averaging 3.2 points per game.

North Clayton's Kim Jordan is in her freshman season this year at North Carolina A&T. She has played in 10 games and started four.

Former Eagle's Landing High School standout Keisha McClinic leads the nation in steals and steals per game at Middle Tennessee State. She has 79 steals and 3.85 steals per game this season. The senior is also averaging 9.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

In her senior year at Eagle's Landing in 2000, she helped lead the Lady Golden Eagles to the state tournament and was named the Southern Crescent Girls' Player of the Year.