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Collins Hill's Greenstone signs with North Greenville

Mindy Greenstone, a senior at Collins Hill High School, has signed a scholarship to play basketball at North Greenville College in Greenville, S.C.

The daughter of Tom and Mary Beth Greenstone, she was a key player on the Eagles' state title team this past season. She set a school record for 3-point shooting, making 59 percent of her shots from beyond the arc.

North grad Neff to play football at Greensboro College

Thor Neff, a 2004 graduate of North Gwinnett High School, will be a recruited walk-on for Greensboro College's football team in the upcoming season. Neff, currently attending Gwinnett Tech, will play offensive line at Greensboro College. He is the son of Donald and Nora Neff of Buford.

Prep Rally highlights state soccer

This week's Gwinnett Prep Rally airs highlights of the Norcross-North Cobb soccer, Brookwood-Pope soccer, Collins Hill-Mill Creek baseball and South-Shiloh baseball. Featured athletes are Parkview's Wes Johnson, Norcross' Emanuel Twum and Steven Kinney, Collins Hill's Greg Martin, South's Rob Flanigan and Buford's Justin Curry.

Gwinnett Prep Rally airs each Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Comcast Channel 25 and each Wednesday and Thursday at 9:30 p.m. on Charter Cable 19. It also airs on GCPS each Thursday at 10:30 p.m. and Friday at 6 p.m.

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Okafor wins Rookie of the Year award

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte forward Emeka Okafor has won the NBA's Rookie of the Year award, narrowly beating best friend Ben Gordon of Chicago Bulls, a Bobcats source told The Associated Press. The award will be announced today. The Bobcats have called a news conference for what they have only called ''a major announcement.''

Okafor, the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA draft, led all rookies in scoring (15.9 points per game) and rebounding (10.9 rpg) and was second in his class behind Atlanta's Josh Smith in blocks (1.71). He also ranked second in the NBA with 3.8 offensive rebounds per game.

Gordon wins Sixth Man award

NEW YORK - Chicago guard Ben Gordon won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award on Tuesday, the first rookie to win the award.

Gordon, the third overall pick in the draft out of Connecticut, averaged 15.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists in just over 24 minutes this season. He came off the bench in 79 of 82 games this season and helped the Bulls make their first playoff appearance since 1998, when Michael Jordan led them to their sixth title.

He received 88 of 125 first-place votes and 513 points from a panel of media members. Boston guard Ricky Davis was second with 257 points, and Denver guard Earl Boykins was third with 155.

- From staff, wire reports