Former Ravenscroft QB is Mack’s first signee
Former Ravenscroft High School quarterback Quinn Billerman on Monday put his name on a national letter of intent to attend N.C. Central, becoming the first signed recruit of the university’s newly named football coach.
Former South Alabama wide receivers coach Jerry Mack was introduced as NCCU’s head coach on Thursday.
Billerman (6-3, 215), transferring from New Mexico Military Institute, is expected to enroll for NCCU’s spring semester that starts in January.
Mack said he’s bringing to NCCU a spread offense that frowns on huddling in favor of attacking defenses with a hurry-up style of play after play after play.
“Quinn is the type of quarterback that can dissect the defense, make all the throws and is intelligent,” Mack said. “He ran a similar style of offense at NMMI, so the transition should be an easy one for Quinn as he comes into our system.”
Billerman was a sophomore this past season at NMMI, where he set single-season standards with 2,962 passing yards and 34 passing touchdowns. He completed 176 of 335 passes (52.5 percent) and averaged 246.8 passing yards per game, helping the Broncos to an 8-4 overall record.
At Ravenscroft, Billerman became the Ravens’ all-time leading passer with 6,152 yards and 62 touchdown passes from 2009-11.
Eagles’ Ingram still scoring, soaring
DURHAM — N.C. Central’s Jeremy Ingram is the player of the week in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for the second time this season after averaging 30.5 points and shooting 58.8 percent (20 of 34) from the field in the Eagles’ last two games.
The senior guard from Charlotte hit half of this 3-point attempts (9 of 18) during that 1-1 stretch. He scored 37 points, including seven 3-pointers, during a loss to mid-major No. 10 Wichita State on Sunday, and his 24 points last Wednesday led all scorers in NCCU’s win against Winthrop.
Ingram is the nation’s No. 3 scorer at 24.6 points per game. He needs 11 points to both match former NCCU guard Clifton Daye’s (1990-93) 1,074 career points and become one of the top 25 scorers in the school’s history.
NCCU visits Maryland on New Year’s Eve (2 p.m., ESPN3).
ACC’s best rookie is Parker — again
DURHAM — Duke’s Jabari Parker is the rookie of the week in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the fourth time this season.
In wins over Gardner-Webb and No. 22 UCLA, Parker averaged 22.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists. He never missed a free throw in those two games and shot 56 percent (14 of 25) from the field, going 5 of 10 from 3-point range.
So far this season, Parker (6-8, 235) is second in the ACC in scoring (22.1 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (7.8 rpg)
Parker will be back on the floor again on Dec. 28 when Duke hosts Eastern Michigan (2 p.m., ESPN2).
More postseason play for Duke’s Cockrell
DURHAM — Duke redshirt senior cornerback Ross Cockrell has accepted an invitation to play in the 89th annual East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 18 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. (4 p.m., NFL Network, East-West Shrine Game Radio Network).
Before that, Cockrell will suit up with the Blue Devils in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Texas A&M (8 p.m., ESPN).
Cockrell (6-0, 185) is a two-year Duke captain from Waxhaw. He’s made the All-ACC first team twice and is Duke’s all-time leader in total passes defended with 53.
Duke volleyball in top 25
DURHAM — The final American Volleyball Coaches Association poll positioned Duke at No. 22 in the nation after the Blue Devils secured the team’s 11th conference championship.
The ranking is Duke’s highest in the final national poll since the Blue Devils were No. 18 following the 2010 season.
This season, Duke was 28-5, 18-2 in the ACC.
No other ACC team can match Duke’s 18 NCAA Tournament appearances.
Duke clinched the 2013 ACC Championship and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after rallying for a 3-2 decision over then-No. 14 North Carolina in the regular season finale, avoiding a three-way tie for the conference crown with UNC and Florida State.
Duke coach Jolene Nagel has guided Duke to three outright ACC titles (2006, 2010, 2013) and a league co-championship (2008) during her 15 years in Durham.