College roundup: Top shooting guard commits to Duke
DURHAM — Grayson Allen, a 6-4 shooting guard from Providence School in Jacksonville, Fla., committed Wednesday to play basketball for Duke beginning in 2014.
ESPN gave Allen a four-star rating on a five-star scale and he is No. 36 overall in the Class of 2014. He picked the Blue Devils over scholarship offers from in-state schools Florida, Florida State and Miami as well as N.C. State, Purdue and Georgia.
Allen averaged 19 points per game as a junior last season. He is Duke’s first commitment for the Class of 2014.
— STEVE WISEMAN
UNC 10, CHARLOTTE 2 — No. 1 North Carolina became the first team in the country to reach 40 wins on Wednesday as the Tar Heels claimed a 10-2 win over visiting Charlotte.
Freshman Reilly Hovis earned his first collegiate win as he allowed one run on three hits over five innings of work. Hovis struck out a career-high five batters in the longest outing of his short career.
Colin Moran led a 10-hit attack for the Tar Heels as he went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs, while the senior duo of Chaz Frank and Cody Stubbs each tallied two hits and combined to drive in seven runs.
DUKE 4, HIGH POINT 2 — A Jordan Betts three-run double in the third gave the Duke baseball team a lead it would not relinquish as the Blue Devils completed the home-and-home series sweep of High Point with a 4-2 victory Wednesday at Williard Stadium.
Sophomore Dalton Brown (2-0) picked up the win, starting on short notice against the Panthers. Brown permitted just one unearned run in five efficient innings of work and gave up just one hit on the day, a single by Devin Bujnovsky in the fifth, while striking out two batters in his second start of the season.
UNC 7, UNCG 3 — North Carolina closed its home slate with a 7-3 victory over UNC Greensboro on Wednesday.
UNC (37-13, 12-6 ACC) was led by Constance Orr with three RBIs.
Chidom, DeShields named to the All-USA team
Rebecca Greenwell and Oderah Chidom, both Duke women’s basketball recruits, were named to the USA Today All-USA high school team on Wednesday.
Greenwell, from Owensboro, Ky., averaged 23.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.6 steals a game at Owensboro Catholic H.S., as a senior before injuring her knee in the McDonald’s All-American game.
A native of Oakland, Calif., Chidom averaged 14.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game at Bishop O’Dowd High School.
Joining Greenwell on the first team were Diamond DeShields (UNC recruit), Linnae Harper (Kentucky), Taya Reimer (Notre Dame) and Mercedes Russell (Tennessee).
Makayla Epps (Kentucky), Kailee Johnson (Stanford), Stephanie Mayunga (UNC), Kelsey Plum (Washington) and Tyler Scaife (Rutgers) were named to the second team.
Cutcliffe to be featured
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Duke football David Cutcliffe will be the special guest speaker for the Shrine Bowl Coaches and Players Awards Banquet at the Marriott Renaissance Park Hotel and Conference Center in Spartanburg, S.C., on Dec. 20.
UNC’s Suarez-Malaguti takes ACC honor
GREENSBORO — North Carolina senior Gina Suarez-Malaguti has been named the ACC women’s tennis player of the year and leads the All-ACC team, which was announced Wednesday.
Virginia freshman Julia Elbaba was named freshman of the year and UNC coach Brian Kalbas was named the coach of the year for the fourth consecutive year.
The ACC regular season champions and the nation’s No. 2 team in this week’s poll, UNC (24-2, 10-1 ACC) placed a league-high three players on the All-ACC team. Suarez-Malaguti was joined by fellow senior Zoe De Bruycker and sophomore Caroline Price. The honor is the third of her career for De Bruycker, while Price is an all-league selection for the first time.
Duke was represented on the All-ACC team by senior Mary Clayton and sophomore Ester Goldfeld.
Duke, UNC earn ACC lacrosse honors
GREENSBORO — Duke junior attackman Jordan Wolf captured his third consecutive men’s lacrosse All-ACC team honor, as the Blue Devils landed a trio of players on the All-ACC squad as voted by the league’s coaches.
North Caorlina had senior Marcus Holman and sophomore Joey Sankey named to the team.
Duke senior David Lawson and junior Brendan Fowler captured their first All-ACC honors.
The Blue Devils, seeded third overall, begins ACC Tournament action against top-ranked UNC on Friday at Kenan Stadium (7:30 p.m., ESPNU).
UNC, Duke land 5 each on All-ACC
GREENSBORO — Duke and North Carolina had five players each named to the All-ACC women’s lacrosse team that was announced Wednesday.
The Blue Devils are represented by senior Makenzie Hommel, junior Taylor Virden, sophomores Kerrin Maurer and Taylor Trimble and freshman Kelsey Duryea on the 20-member team that was chosen by a vote of the league’s six head coaches.
UNC has junior attack Abbey Friend, junior midfielder Brittney Coppa, senior midfielders Emily Garrity and Kara Cannizzaro, and junior defender Sloane Serpe on the team.
Seventh-ranked and fourth-seeded Duke opens the ACC Championship today at 1 p.m. against No. 5 seed Virginia at UNC’s Fetzer Field.