Billy Humphrey is re-starting his college basketball career at a new school, and so far the revival has gone very well.
The New Orleans senior guard was named Sun Belt Conference player of the week on Tuesday after averaging 24.5 points in two victories the previous week. He scored 26 points in a win over Southern and then had 23 points vs. Texas State, converting 13 of 25 shots in the two games.
Humphrey, a Dacula grad, transferred to New Orleans (2-1) after the 2007-08 season at Georgia when he averaged 12.2 points for an SEC tournament champion team. He was dismissed from the Bulldogs in the summer of 2008 following a series of disciplinary issues.
The 6-foot-2 guard recently had minor knee surgery, but his return has gone smoothly. He leads the Privateers in minutes per game (33.3) and scoring (20.0), averaging 4.0 rebounds and making 42.9 percent of his 3-pointers.
Former Parkview standout Yaw Gyawu, a sophomore at Colgate, scored a career-high 25 points on 12 of 16 shooting Monday night in a 76-63 loss to TCU. ... Fellow Parkview grad Ricky McPhee also had a career-best game this week with 20 points, four assists, four steals and three rebounds in Georgia's 79-58 win over UNC-Asheville. He made 8 of 9 field goals, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range. Wesleyan's Trey Thompkins added 16 points for the Bulldogs. ... Meadowcreek grad Chris Allen scored 22 points last Sunday as Michigan State routed Valparaiso 90-60. ... South Gwinnett grad Gia Lockett had 10 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals last weekend in Kennesaw State's 66-51 win over Jacksonville State. ... Lockett's former South teammate, Mandi Dudish, had 20 points and made six 3-pointers last weekend as Georgia College and State University defeated Barry University 71-54. ... The GCSU men also won last weekend, defeating West Georgia 80-76 behind 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks from Greater Atlanta Christian grad Reece Wiedeman. ... Buford's Blanche Alverson scored 12 first-half points and made all four 3-point attempts as Auburn defeated Georgia Southern 62-56 on Tuesday. She finished with 13 points. Parkview's Jessica Geiger (five points, five rebounds, three assists) and Wesleyan's Carolyn Whitney (six points) played key roles for Georgia Southern. ... Norcross grad Daniel Emerson, a senior at Mercer, grabbed 12 rebounds last Saturday in an 89-50 loss to Florida State.
Heyward honored by Big Ten
Peachtree Ridge grad Cameron Heyward, a junior defensive lineman at Ohio State, was named second-team All-Big Ten in voting by both the media and the league's coaches.
Heyward, who recovered a fumble for a touchdown last week in a win over Michigan, has 42 tackles (nine for losses) and 51/2 sacks this season.
Smith gets SoCon honor
Samford linebacker Bryce Smith, a Central Gwinnett grad, was a firs-team All-Southern Conference selection this week in voting by the league's coaches and media.
The junior had a huge season for the Bulldogs with 102 tackles, first on the team by 57 over the No. 2 tackler. He had 72 solo stops and 11 for losses, as well as a team-high four interceptions and five pass breakups.
Icaza gets conference nod
Dacula grad Austin Icaza, a defensive lineman at Bridgewater College (Va.), was named second-team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference on Tuesday. The 5-foot-10, 268-pound senior made 24 tackles (19 solos) this season and had two sacks.
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