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Montgomery College’s Turner leads Raptors over Butler Community 113-81

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Collin TurnerCollin Turner.          COURTESY PHOTOROCKVILLE – The final box score told the story.

Collin Turner, Montgomery College’s sensational sophomore guard, finished with a game-high 34 points on Saturday to lead the Raptors to a 113-81 victory over Pennsylvania’s Butler County Community College.

Turner, who logged 32 minutes against BCCC, shot 65 percent from the field including five three-pointers and converted all three of his foul shots.

Although he battled respiratory problems the entire game, Turner was still productive against BCCC. Turner’s three-pointer late in the game put the Raptors ahead, 101-64.

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Locals rise to prominence in pro football and college basketball

Dallas Cowboys running back Alfred Morris could see significant playing time this weekend after Ezekiel Elliott was denied a preliminary injunction blocking a six-game suspension.
Through five games this season, Morris has rushed for 105 yards on 13 carries including three yards in Sunday’s 33-19 win over the Redskins, his former team.
As a Redskins rookie in 2012, Morris rushed for 1,613 yards and 13 touchdowns, finishing second in the league in total rushing yards and second in rushing touchdowns.
Meanwhile, former DeMatha standout Arie Kouandjio was re-signed to the Redskins active roster from the Baltimore Ravens practice squad.

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Rockville native scores first TD in NFL, Springbrook senior commits to Quinnipiac

Mack HollinsMack Hollins. FILE PHOTO  Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver Mack Hollins reeled in a pass from quarterback Carson Wentz and scored on a 64-yard touchdown reception during Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins.
For Hollins, a Rockville native who once played at Wootton, the score marked his first career touchdown as an NFL wide receiver.
I spoke with Hollins in the Eagles locker room following Philadelphia’s 30-17 victory over the Redskins in the season opener at FedEx Field.
Although he didn’t get much playing time that day, he was happy to be back in familiar surroundings.

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Blair graduate joins staff of Terp basketball

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Montgomery Blair High School graduate Kevin Broadus has joined the Maryland men’s basketball program as an assistant coach.

Broadus, who spent nine years at Georgetown, brings more than two decades of coaching and recruiting experience to Maryland.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kevin to the Maryland Basketball family,” said Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon. “Kevin has a strong reputation as a tireless recruiter and is passionate about developing players on and off the court. He has extensive knowledge and experience as a coach, and I am confident his ties to this region will be extremely valuable to our program.”

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Patrick Ewing comes back to Georgetown

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NBA great and Georgetown legend Patrick Ewing has been hired to assume the head coaching duties at his alma mater.

Ewing, who once owned a home in Potomac, was introduced as the new Georgetown head coach last week during a press conference at the John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletic Center.

“This is a special moment for our university and for our men’s basketball program,” said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. “Thirty-three years after winning the NCAA National Championship, No. 33 is coming home.”

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UDC hires Juan Dixon

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Former University of Maryland men’s basketball standout Juan Dixon has a new position.

The Baltimore native, who guided the Maryland men’s basketball program to the NCAA title in 2002, has been named the new head women’s basketball coach at the University of the District of Columbia.

“There is no question Juan Dixon will take our women’s basketball program to the next level,” UDC Director of Athletics Patricia Thomas said in a statement. “His tremendous success as a student-athlete, as well as professionally, combined with his respect for the development of students support our goals. I am excited about the opportunity to work with Juan and welcome him to the Firebird community.”

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MoCo non-profit produces talent Beyond Belief

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JGS-DevonThomas-024Devon Thomas is a product of one of the area's most successful mentoring programs. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH

Had Devon Thomas opted to stay in Montgomery County and play public high school basketball who knows what the Texas Tech point guard would have accomplished on the hardwood.

The Silver Spring native played one season of junior varsity basketball at Kennedy before he was sidelined in tenth grade due to grades. He described his experience playing at Kennedy as “fun.”

“I played with all my friends so it was pretty cool,” said Thomas, who left Kennedy and spent three seasons prepping at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire before landing at Missouri State where he spent one season in a limited playing role.

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St. Andrew's Episcopal School forward pledges to play at Louisiana Tech

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One of Montgomery County’s top student-athletes in the Class of 2017 has made a pledge to play Division I college basketball.

Anthony Duruji, a 6-foot-7 junior wing forward at Potomac’s St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, on Monday verbally committed to play college basketball at Louisiana Tech University according to Lions’ head coach Kevin Jones.

“I’m happy Anthony chose a place that he feels will help him grow as a person and a player,” said Jones. “I look forward to seeing him play at the next level.”

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Rob Montgomery Commits to SFC

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A former Montgomery County Public Schools boys basketball standout has committed to play Division I college basketball.

Robert Montgomery, a 6-foot-7 forward who spent this past season at Baltimore’s Mount Zion Prep, has pledged to St. Francis College in Brooklyn.

“After a long and thoughtful process, I am extremely excited and blessed to announce that I am committed to play Division 1 basketball at St. Francis NY,” Montgomery said in a statement. “I would like to thank all my family and friends who’ve helped me and been there for me through the process.”

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