GWINNETT GRADS: Nimley starring right away at the next level

Saah Nimley was Charleston Southern's leading scorer in his first three college basketball games, putting up 13 vs. Florida State, 24 against Virginia Military and 22 vs. Radford.

The quick guard from Collins Hill hasn't slowed down much since his impressive debut, transitioning well to the college level from high school, when he averaged more than 22 points his final two seasons.

Nimley plays a team-high 29.9 minutes for Charleston Southern (5-3), averaging 13.9 points, 3.2 assists and 2.5 rebounds.

But he's hardly the only true freshman from Gwinnett making an impact early in the college basketball season.

Here's a look at some other immediate contributors:

--Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia

Brogdon, a two-time Daily Post boys player of the year at Greater Atlanta Christian, averages 21.7 minutes for the Cavaliers, who are off to an 8-1 start. He's fourth on the team in scoring (7.1).--Nick Mitchell, LaGrange

The Buford grad averages 7.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game. He's averaging 12 points in his last three games, including a 16-point effort vs. Berry.-- E. Victor Nickerson, Charlotte

The Norcross grad averages 4 points and 3.1 rebounds for Charlotte (6-2).

--Thomas Higginbotham, West Georgia

The point guard from Brookwood has played in every game for West Georgia, averaging 4.1 points, 3.4 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 17.8 minutes per game.

--Corey Heyward, Hargrave Military

Peachtree Ridge's Heyward, originally a Morehead State signee, is in the starting lineup for the post-graduate team at Hargrave Military (Va.).

--Katie Mallow, Appalachian State

The Brookwood grad averages 16.4 minutes off the bench for a 7-1 team, ranking third on the team with a 9.4-scoring average. She is the team's top 3-point threat, making 15 of 39 shots (38.5 percent) from long range.

--Kayla Nolan, Georgia State

A solid scorer at Duluth, Nolan has kept it up in college. She averages 7.3 points, with 17 in her most recent outing against Hofstra, and 4.3 rebounds.

--Aliya Thomas, Brewton-Parker

Also a Duluth grad, Thomas is Brewton-Parker's top 3-point shooter, making 24 of 55 shots from long range (43.6 percent). She is second on the team with 9-point scoring average.

--Sherresse Williams, Young Harris

Williams, a Buford grad, has jumped right into the rotation, averaging 4.8 points and 5.4 rebounds.


Williams shining for Armstrong

The high-scoring Armstrong Atlantic offense, averaging 95 points through seven games, can credit a good deal of its success to high-scoring senior Keyshore Williams.

The Berkmar grad averages 14.1 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists this season. He has made 53 percent of his field goals and 46.7 percent of his 3-pointers.

Fast breakParkview's Sczeny Hartry, a senior guard at Valdosta State, had 18 points Monday night in a 66-64 win over Albany State. ... North Gwinnett's Abby Slocumb is averaging 5.9 points and 4.7 rebounds for Georgia College and State University.


Massaquoi named all-conference

Central Gwinnett grad Jonathan Massaquoi, a junior defensive end at Troy, suffered through a rough 3-9 season, but played well enough individually to earn first-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors.

Despite frequent double-teaming, Massaquoi had 52 tackles (10 for losses) and six sacks. He also was a first-team All-Sun Belt selection as a sophomore after playing one season at Butler County (Kan.) Community College, where he had 102 tackles and 20 sacks.

Honors roll in for Roby

Ohio State's Bradley Roby, a Peachtree Ridge grad, earned recent All-Big Ten freshman honors from ESPN, The Big Ten Network and Rivals.com. He also was a second-team freshman All-American selection by Rivals and No. 23 on ESPN's top 25 first-year players for 2011.

The cornerback had 41 tackles (31 solos), three interceptions, five pass breakups and eight passes defended in his first college season.


Zimmerman gets All-American honor

Brookwood's Walker Zimmerman was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's All-American squad as a third-team defender.

He's the first Furman freshman to ever earn All-American honors and was one of just two freshman to make the three NSCAA Division I All-American teams. Zimmerman, who graduated early from Brookwood and skipped his senior high school season to train with Furman, also was selected as this season's Southern Conference freshman of the year.

Bayly, Pascutti named All-Americans

Former Parkview teammates Kansas Bayly and Kristina Pascutti were both named NSCAA Division II All-Americans this week.

Bayly, a sophomore defender at Columbus State, was a first-team selection after leading a defense that posted 12 shutouts and a 0.59 goals-against average. She also scored six goals, the most by a defender in the Peach Belt Conference.

Pascutti, a junior forward at Armstrong Atlantic, was a second-team selection. She had a team-high 12 goals and three assists as the Pirates made their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Final Four.

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