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GWINNETT GRADS: Buford's Carter out for season at UT

A knee injury took away most of Andraya Carter's senior basketball season at Buford. Now a shoulder issue will cost her the rest of her freshman campaign at Tennessee.

Carter will have season-ending shoulder surgery to repair a problem that has bothered her since high school, according to Volunteer head coach Holly Warlick. The 5-foot-9 guard injured the shoulder Nov. 18 vs. Miami, then it caused problems again in games on Nov. 28 and Dec. 2.

"She hurt it in high school and it just kept popping out," Warlick told the Associated Press. "I think it's the best decision (to have surgery). I didn't tell her one way or another. I wanted them to make the best decision, but I totally understand it."

Carter had played in seven games, with five starts, as a true freshman. She averaged 5.3 points and two assists in 20.6 minutes per game.

The Volunteers will seek a medical redshirt for her this season.

"She's a great leader," Warlick told the AP. "It's going to hurt us as far as our depth. We may not be able to run as much as we have been because we could sub people in and out."

While Carter's freshman season hasn't gone like she planned, other college newcomers from Gwinnett have fared well.

Here's an update on some top women's college freshmen from Gwinnett:

• Oglethorpe has gotten big contributions from three freshmen from Gwinnett --Emily Buck of Collins Hill, Gabby Cole of Peachtree Ridge and Kendelle Culpepper of Dacula. Buck, a starter, averages 6.5 points, 2.9 assists and 2.6 rpg. Cole also starts and averages 11.3 points, second on the team. Culpepper averages 4.4 points in 19.8 minutes off the bench.

• Wesleyan's Missy Byrd had 10 points, 14 rebounds and four assists recently in her first career start for Air Force. She averages 4.5 points and 4.8 rebounds.

• Holli Wilkins of Furman has started five games, averaging 3.4 points. Her best game was nine points and two steals in an 83-47 loss to Georgia in Athens.

• Wesleyan's Jordan Frazier has played in all nine games for Wofford, averaging 3.8 points.

• Another former Wesleyan player, Kaelyn Causwell, has played in nine games off the bench for Georgia. She averages 3.6 points and three rebounds.

• Central Gwinnett grad Taja Latimore averages 5.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists for Georgia Highlands College.

• Andrew College's Jordan Ulm, a Collins Hill grad, averages 11.2 points with a season high of 19 in a win over South Georgia Tech.

• North Gwinnett's Ariel Johnson has played well lately for LaGrange, averaging 6.7 points in her last three games.

• South Gwinnett's Yvonna Dunkley is at Cowley County Community College (Kan.). She averages 9.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists. She's scored in doubles figures in seven of 12 games.

Here's a look at some men's players doing well as freshmen:

• Shiloh's Robert Carter starts and averages 9.3 points and a team-high 6.6 rebounds for Georgia Tech, while teammate Chris Bolden of North Gwinnett averages 5.1 points in 19.2 minutes off the bench.

• Berkmar's Yonel Brown has made eight starts in Kennesaw State's nine games, averaging 4.2 points and 1.6 assists. Teammate Cole Hobbs of Greater Atlanta Christian has played in six games off the bench.

• Dacula grad Anthony Morse has played in 11 games with four starts for Tennessee Tech. One of his best games was Tuesday in a loss at Auburn when he had eight points and seven rebounds in 19 minutes.

• Xavier Okoro, another Dacula product, averages 5.5 points for Cleveland State Community College (Tenn.). He has made two starts in 13 games.

• Northeastern will redshirt North Gwinnett grad Kwesi Abakah, who tore the ACL in his knee and is out for the season.

• Mac Howard of North Gwinnett has jumped right into the Berry College starting lineup, averaging 5.4 points and 2.8 rebounds.

• South Gwinnett and Central Gwinnett guard Simeon Dennis is playing at Cowley County Community College (Kan.). He scored 22 points in just 16 minutes during a recent loss to Moberly Area CC. One of his teammates is 6-8 sophomore Dominique McKoy, a South Atlanta grad who began his career at Meadowcreek.

• Wesleyan's Shane Smith is at the United States Military Prep School and scored 11 points this week in a victory over rival Navy Prep.

• Former South Gwinnett player Qiydar Davis, now at Pensacola State College (Fla.), averages 13.7 points and 6.3 rebounds.BASKETBALL

White shining at Columbus State

Though Columbus State is off to a 3-5 start, one bright spot has been the play of Grayson grad Taren White.

The sophomore guard averages a team-high 12 points, highlighted by 24 points vs. Jacksonville and 19 points vs. Fort Valley State.

White, a former star sprinter in track and field at Grayson, played a season at Gulf Coast Community College (Fla.) before transferring to Columbus State.

Osemhen, Nickerson post big games

Kennesaw State junior Andrew Osemhen, a Grayson grad, scored a career-high 14 points last Sunday in a 66-52 loss to Charlotte.

The 6-foot-9, 270-pound center made 7 of 10 field goals.

Norcross grad E. Victor Nickerson, a sophomore, came off the bench to score 11 points on 4 of 6 shooting for Charlotte.

Berkmar's Yonel Brown, a freshman guard, also played for Kennesaw, scoring a point with two assists and a steal off the bench.Mill Creek pair fuels Limestone startLimestone College (S.C.) is off to a 6-1 start this season behind stellar play from a pair of Mill Creek grads, Tia Williams and Alicia Brookins.

Williams, a senior guard, averages 13.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2.2 assists. Brookins, a sophomore forward, averages 11.3 points, a team-high 7.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals.

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Berkmar Class of 2009 doing well

Three members of Berkmar's Class of 2009 had exceptional college football seasons in 2012.

Troy Davis, who completed his Central Florida career Friday night in the Beef O'Brady's Bowl, started on the defensive line for the Golden Knights. He earned first-team All-Conference USA honors after tallying 66 tackles (nine for losses), 6.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries this season.

Fellow Berkmar grad Kadeem Wise completed his junior season at Chattanooga and earned All-Southern Conference honors, becoming the first Moccasin ever to earn all-conference honors his first three seasons. He had 55 tackles and two interceptions, upping his career interception total to 10, fourth-best in school history.

Berkmar's Brandon Aldridge, a junior at North Greenville, made 50 tackles and forced three fumbles this season from his defensive back position.

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