Gwinnett products shining as college freshmen

Gwinnett's Class of 2007 featured an astounding amount of talent, including what many people thought was the most talented group of basketball-playing seniors to ever come through the county.

As those stars have entered college, they've continued to shine as freshmen.

The following is a look at how some of last season's high school standouts have fared in the jump to college:

Maya Moore, Connecticut

A two-time national player of the year in high school, the Collins Hill grad has been a force immediately for the second-ranked Connecticut Huskies. After scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in her debut, she came off the bench to score 31 points (22 in the first half) in a 91-36 win over Holy Cross.

Moore, who made 14 of 16 shots vs. Holy Cross, became the first UConn freshman to score 20-plus points in her first two games. In her 31-point game, she also had five rebounds, four assists, four steals and three blocks.

Jordan Jones, South Carolina

Moore's teammate at Collins Hill, Jones was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on Monday after posting 15 points, four assists and four steals in her college debut, a win over St. Francis. She made 5 of 7 shots, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range in her first game, which she started.

Antionette Howard, Florida State

The South Gwinnett grad had 17 points and six rebounds in her second college game, a victory over Florida Gulf Coast.

Emily Clarke, Western Carolina

Also a South grad, Clarke had 13 points and five rebounds in her first game against Detroit. She had two points and a steal in her second game, a win over Clemson.

D'Nay Daniels, Central Florida

Although her team is 0-3, the Greater Atlanta Christian grad averages 5.3 points and 2.3 rebounds.

Chioma Okoli, UNC-Asheville

The Brookwood grad scored 14 points in her debut, converting 6 of 10 field goals in a win over Montreat.

Chris Allen, Michigan State

Allen scored a team-high 17 points in the Spartans' most recent victory over Louisiana-Monroe. The Meadowcreek grad also scored 13 in his team's first game against Chicago State.

Gani Lawal, Georgia Tech

The Norcross grad is averaging 8.0 points and 5.0 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets.

Zach Graham, Ole Miss

Graham averages 6.0 points, but the Peachtree Ridge grad scored 13 in the Rebel's exhibition win over Delta State.


Gamecocks get Conference USA honors

Gwinnett products Jimmy Maurer and Blake Brettschneider, both freshmen at South Carolina, were honored on the All-Conference USA men's soccer teams.

Maurer, a Lawrenceville resident who went to St. Pius, was named the conference's freshman of the year and also made the All-Freshman team along with Brettschneider, a Parkview grad.

Maurer, a goalkeeper, also earned second-team All-Conference USA honors. He played more than 755 minutes against Conference USA teams and had a 0.83 goals against average. Brettschneider had four goals and four assists.

Gwinnett Grads is a column that runs on Saturdays spotlighting the achievements of past Gwinnett standouts. Coaches and parents are urged to send suggestions via e-mail to will.hammock@gwinnettdailypost.com or via fax to 770-339-8081.