In 1977 and again in ’78, a 5-9 point guard named Susan Summons, coached by Alfreda Harris, helped Roxbury Community College, located in the suburbs of Boston, to the National Junior College championship tournament.
Now, 35 years after Summons started playing for Harris, the two have been selected for induction into the NJCAA Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place July 26 in Niceville.
Summons went on to play two years at Lamar University before returning to Roxbury in 1982 to be the program’s coach. She stayed on at Roxbury through 1986, when she began her long run as the coach at Miami Dade College.
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Even though the Hurricanes are ranked 14th in the nation in men’s basketball and have five seniors in key roles, none of their players made Chad Forde’s recently posted ESPN list of the top 30 prospects for this year’s NBA Draft.
But the Canes are 3-0 this season against players who did make Forde’s list: Maryland center Alex Len; Duke center Mason Plumlee; and North Carolina forward James McAdoo. Those three are ranked fourth, 12th and 20th, respectively.
On Saturday, the Canes travel to North Carolina State to face two more top-30 prospects in forward C.J. Leslie and guard Lorenzo Brown, although Brown’s chances of playing for the No. 19 Wolfpack are in doubt because of a sprained left ankle.
The Canes will also get another shot at McAdoo (Feb. 9 in Miami) and Plumlee (March 2 at Duke).
Meanwhile, it’s probably too bad that the Canes got only one of the four basketball-playing Hamilton brothers — Gary, who is now competing professionally in Japan. His younger brother, Jordan, played two years at the University of Texas and is now in the NBA with the Denver Nuggets.
Their youngest brothers, Isaac and Daniel, are top prep prospects in Los Angeles and appear headed for Texas-El Paso. Isaac, a 6-4 senior shooting guard, is the fourth-best prospect in California and has committed to UTEP. Daniel, a 6-6 junior shooting guard ranked fifth in the state, has yet to decide but has UTEP on his list.
Women’s basketball star Jerica Coley, a junior guard who leads the nation with a 24.7 scoring average, is challenging numerous school records.
Coley, who averaged 15.7 points as a freshman and 23.4 as a sophomore, is currently fifth on FIU’s all-time list with 1,808 points. But if she stays on her pace of the past two years, she will shatter Albena Branzova’s record of 2,515 points, set from 1991 to ’95.
Coley’s current 20.8 career scoring average ranks second behind Karen Turnquest (21.8 average in 1981-82). Lynette Richardson (1984-85) set the single-season record for scoring average (25.3).
The Buccaneers, who have won two Division II national titles in the past three years — men’s tennis in 2010 and women’s tennis in 2011 — might be in position this spring to add to that total. Four Barry teams are currently ranked in the top five in the nation: men’s golf (second), men’s tennis (fourth), women’s golf (tied for fourth) and women’s tennis (fifth).
The men’s basketball team leads the nation (NAIA) in steals. Also, guard Kevin Hincapie is second in the nation in steals per game (3.41).
On Wednesday, the men’s basketball team upset St. Thomas, which was seventh in the nation (NAIA).