Though most left Gwinnett County’s prep basketball scene as standout players, local players have found playing time more scarce as college freshmen who are relegated to more supporting roles.
Some of those players, like Norcross’ Jeremy Lamb and Greater Atlanta Christian’s Trent Wiedeman, have heavier duty than others. Both of those Gwinnett products are key contributors for top college programs.
Lamb’s youth hasn’t stopped him from being a starter for the nation’s eighth-ranked team, Connecticut (11-2). The 6-foot-5 guard/wing has started every game for a team that features the nation’s leading scorer, Kemba Walker.
Lamb averages 7.7 points and 4.9 rebounds, twice leading the team in rebounding with eight.
Wiedeman hasn’t started as often for the College of Charleston, but the freshman plays 23.9 minutes per game. It’s enough action for him to average 7.4 points and a team-high 6.6 rebounds, while ranking first in field goal percentage (64.7) and second in free-throw percentage (77.1).
The 6-foot-8, 240-pounder has led Charleston (9-5) in rebounding in half of its games, playing his best against top competition. He played well against North Carolina (12 points, nine rebounds), Tennessee (six points and seven rebounds) and Maryland (six points, six rebounds).
In the team’s first two Southern Conference games, he had 10 points and eight rebounds vs. Davidson and 14 points and 11 boards against Georgia Southern.
Here’s a look at how some other college freshman basketball players from Gwinnett have fared this season:
Alyssa Aitken, Florida State College
Aitken, a 6-3 post, is in a reserve role for the junior college. The Shiloh grad averages 3.3 points and 3.9 rebounds.
Lauren Coleman, Florida State University
Though the Seminoles are 12-3, the former Parkview star hasn’t been much of a factor, playing in only five games and averaging just 5.6 minutes in those games since recovering from knee surgery just before the season.
Terrence Glass, Three Rivers Community College (Mo.)
The Meadowcreek grad averages 10.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists for the junior college.
Erin Hall, Wake Forest
Hall, a Wesleyan grad, comes off the bench to average 8.9 minutes and 3.8 points. She is first on the team with a 34.1 3-point percentage and her 14 3-pointers are third-best on the Demon Deacons.
Lavon Hooks, Marion Military Institute (Ala.)
Hooks, who played at Brookwood before finishing his high school career at Meadowcreek, is third on his junior college team in scoring (11.1) and second in rebounding (7.3). He leads the team in field goal percentage at 71.6.
Brittany Jack, Samford
Samford got off to a 9-3 start and the Peachtree Ridge grad averages 2.8 points and 2.2 rebounds off the bench.
Taylor Johnson, Lenoir-Rhyne
The post from Collins Hill averages 6.2 minutes off the bench.
Briana Jordan, Tennessee Tech
After a 17-point outburst against Belmont in her first college game, the Norcross grad has settled in as a contributor. She averages 5.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 22.4 minutes per game.
Elliott Long, Georgia
Long earned a spot on the Bulldogs’ roster as a walk-on, but the Greater Atlanta Christian grad has yet to see game action.
Ayo Madamidola, Faulkner
The Central Gwinnett grad is a key reserve, averaging 3.7 points.
Javonte Maynor, Georgia State
The guard from South Gwinnett has started on occasion, averaging 4.5 points with a team-high 13 made 3-pointers. He has led the team in scoring twice, including a high of 15 vs. Troy.
Malcolm McDonald, Navarro College (Texas)
The Norcross grad averages 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds at the junior college level.
Chaney Means, Western Kentucky
Means, a GAC grad, averages 10.3 minutes and has played in every game as a reserve.
Logan Morris, Wofford
The Wesleyan grad has been a big part of her team’s rotation, averaging 6.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 17.4 minutes per game.
Bianca O’Neal, North Georgia
O’Neal has jumped into a starting guard role, averaging 3.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and a team-best 4.3 assists. The Norcross grad’s 29.7 minutes per game is second-best for the Saints (9-2).
Andrew Osemhen, Kennesaw State
The Grayson product is a starter for the Owls, averaging 2.4 points and 2.9 rebounds in 13.4 minutes for a team lacking in size.
Breanna Overby, Young Harris
Overby, a Dacula grad, averages 9.6 minutes as a reserve.
Griffin Schamp, Birmingham Southern
A solid reserve, the Wesleyan product averages 3.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists for a 9-9 team, playing 13.3 minutes per game.
Abby Slocumb, Georgia College and State University
Slocumb has made eight starts for the 8-1 Bobcats. The North Gwinnett grad averages 4.1 points and 5.4 rebounds, with a 53.8 field goal percentage.
Kyle Speller, Georgia Tech
Speller, a Mill Creek grad, made the Yellow Jackets’ roster as a walk-on but has yet to play.
Matt Walker, St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy
The post from North Gwinnett is at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy (Wisc.) to prepare for a playing career at Army, where he signed in November.
Jac Weathers, Augusta State
The Mill Creek grad averages 2.3 points in 9.0 minutes per game.
Stephanie Wheeler, Armstrong Atlantic
Wheeler, a North Gwinnett grad, averages 5.3 points and 2.7 rebounds off the bench.
Brian Williams, Jacksonville State
The Central Gwinnett grad has played in every game for a struggling 2-12 team, averaging 7.9 minutes.
Reece Wiedeman was named Georgia College and State University’s athlete of the week for the second time this school year after two recent standout games. The Greater Atlanta Christian grad had a career-best 28 points with eight rebounds against Barton and a team-high 13 points in 21 minutes in blowout win over St. Augustine’s. ... Central Gwinnett grad Dria David had 11 points and eight rebounds in 52-36 win over Coastal Carolina on Monday night. ... Blanche Alverson had 15 points, making 3 of 5 shots from 3-point range, Thursday night as Auburn defeated Florida 73-56. Collins Hill grad Jordan Jones had eight points for the Gators.
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