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Southern Crescent well-represented in collegiate hoops

By Anthony Rhoads

The Southern Crescent is jam-packed with basketball talent and that's evident as many former high school standouts are on Division I rosters this season.

Here is a glance at area players who are on Division I teams this year:

Men:

n Lovejoy's Josh Barker is a sophomore this season at Savannah State. Last year as a freshman, he led the Tigers in assists.

n Toney Douglas enters his freshman season at Auburn this year after closing out a stellar prep career at Jonesboro High School.

By the time his time at Jonesboro was through, he left as Clayton County's all-time leading scorer and had led Jonesboro to three straight state playoff appearances and two straight trips to the state semi-finals.

In his junior season, he helped lead the Cardinals to the Class AAAAA state championship game.

n Riverdale's Chris McFarland is a senior this year at Appalachian State.

Last year, he started 29 of 30 games, averaging 11.7 points and 5 rebounds per game.

n Mt. Zion's Karl Hollingsworth had to sit out last year at Stetson after transferring from Tulane. Hollingsworth, a junior, was a two-time All-Southern Crescent Player of the Year and is second on the Clayton County scoring list.

n Stockbridge's Quin Humphrey is a sophomore this season at Youngstown State. Last year, he played in 27 games, starting 17. He averaged 6.8 points and 2.3 points per game and probably would have done better but came down with pneumonia at about midway through the season.

Humphrey recently scored 24 points in an exhibition game.

"This year, he's the go-to guy," Stockbridge head coach Mark Andrews said. "He prepared for this his whole life. He was a good guy while he was here and that hasn't changed. He's extremely happy to be at Youngstown and he's extremely happy with the guys he's playing with."

n Former Eagle's Landing High School student J.R. Pinnock will look to follow up a solid freshman season at George Washington.

Last year, he was named to the 2004 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team. He played in all 30 games, starting two, and averaged 9.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.

n Anthony Rice, a North Clayton graduate, is a senior this year at Memphis. He goes into this season second on the school's all-time 3-point list. Last year, Rice averaged 9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.

n Mt. Zion's Terrence Woodyard is a senior at Western Carolina. Last year, he averaged 3.3 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.

Women:

n Morrow's Kirby Copeland is in her sophomore season at Virginia Tech. She played in 30 games last year as a freshman. Copeland wound up being the team's first player of the bench last year.

"Kirby did well last year," Morrow head coach Yolanda Jenkins said. "Hopefully, she'll get the chance to start this season."

n Mt. Zion's Milan Johnson is a freshman this year at Georgia. Last year, she helped lead Mt. Zion to the Class AAAAA state semi-finals.

n North Clayton's Kim Jordan is in her sophomore season at North Carolina A&T. Last year, she played in 18 games, averaging 2.6 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.

n Riverdale's Dominique Philpots, is a freshman at Tulane. In a recent exhibition game against Houston, she scored 15 points.

n Riverdale's Jessica Williams, a junior, is a captain this year at Georgia Tech. In her sophomore season last year for the Lady Yellow Jackets, she averaged 5.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per contest.