By Anthony Rhoads
Clayton College and State University's Gordon Gibbons is not just one of the winningest NCAA Division II coaches of all-time but lately he has had a knack for getting some of his former players to follow in his footsteps.
His son Jay is an assistant at Georgia Southwestern while two of his former players are coaching in the high school ranks. Lamar Rodgers, the former Mt. Zion High School standout who finished up his senior season last year at Clayton State, is now an assistant at Henry County High school. Kevin Young, who also was a senior last year at Clayton State, is an assistant at Mt. Olive Prep in Marietta.
Charlie Frazier, who played at Clayton State from 1998-2002, is a coach at Adamson Middle School in Rex.
"I think it's great," Clayton State head coach Gordon Gibbons said. "In recruiting, we take some of our guys who are interested in coaching and we'll help them and spend extra time with them. I'm glad; it's a great profession."
Making the transition from high school to college: When he was a player at Lovejoy High School, Michael Sloan was one of the top high school players in the area and got the opportunity to go to the next level at Clayton State.
Sloan is getting some playing time this year for the Lakers as a freshman -- he's averaging about 13 minutes a game.
In an exhibition game this season, he scored 14 points.
"Mike is doing great," Gibbons said. "He's really picking up everything well. He's a good addition to our program."
Pre-season all-conference: Former Morrow High School standout and current Johnson C. Smith University senior Lauren Goss has been named to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association 2004-05 Pre-Season all-conference team. Goss was all-conference in both basketball and tennis last year.
Goss graduated from Morrow in 2001 and ranks as one of the all-time leading scorers in Clayton County history. Goss is majoring in elementary education at Johnson C. Smith.
Brewster in first season at Alabama State: North Clayton High School graduate Josh Brewster in his freshman season at Alabama State, a member of the Southwest Athletic Conference.
Brewster will be coming back to the Atlanta area Nov. 19 when Alabama State opens its season at Georgia Tech.