State Colleges

Cousin of UM hoops star Adrienne Motley a prep standout ‒ but Canes are long shot to sign her

Megan Walker of Monacan High in Richmond, Va., is ranked by ESPN as the No. 1 sophomore in the nation.
Megan Walker of Monacan High in Richmond, Va., is ranked by ESPN as the No. 1 sophomore in the nation. Richmond Times-Dispatch

University of Miami first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference guard Adrienne Motley was invited by USA Basketball to compete for a spot on its World University Games and Pan American rosters, but she withdrew because of a leg injury.

A Hurricanes spokesman said the injury is considered minor, but Motley withdrew as a precaution. Motley is the most important player on the Canes’ roster, and UM would love to sign more players like her.

One possibility, although a long shot right now, is Motley’s second cousin. That would be 6-1 guard Megan Walker, ranked by ESPN as the No. 1 sophomore in the nation.

Walker, who has a 3.8 grade-point average at Monacan High in Richmond, Virginia, averaged 19.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks as a sophomore, earning Virginia Player of the Year honors.

She had 25 points and 12 rebounds in the championship game, leading Monacan to the first state title in program history.

Walker, who is being heavily recruited by Connecticut, Notre Dame and Duke, among others, keeps in touch with Motley.

“We talk from time to time,” Walker said of Motley, who is from Newport News, Virginia, about an hour from Walker’s home. “She said the coaches [at Miami] talk about me all the time.”

ST. THOMAS

Congratulations to the Bobcats baseball team, which won its regional with an 8-2 victory over Gwinnett in Lawrenceville, Georgia, on Friday and is now headed to the NAIA World Series for the first time since 2007.

The third-seeded Bobcats (44-16) navigated through the five-team, double-elimination regional tournament and now head to Lewiston, Idaho, for the NAIA World Series from May 22-29.

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN

The Sharks baseball team, 39-11 entering Friday, is close to making the Division II College World Series for the first time in school history.

NSU, fresh off its first Sunshine State Conference title, is playing this weekend in the NCAA Division II South Region playoffs in Livingston, Alabama.

The Sharks are the No.2 seed in the six-team, double-elimination tournament, with host West Alabama the top seed. The winner of the region will advance to the World Series, to be held May 23-30 in Cary, North Carolina.

FIU

The FIU baseball team entered the final weekend of the regular season ranked third in Conference USA in runs scored, fifth in ERA and sixth in fielding percentage. Yet the Panthers, even after Thursday’s big win over No.21 Rice, are just 13-15 in conference play, tying them for seventh place.

FIU, 25-27 overall after Thursday, is powered by junior first baseman Edwin Rios, who leads the conference with 18 homers and 54 RBI. He is hitting .319 and helped the Panthers clinch a spot in the conference’s postseason tournament.

BARRY

Freshman infielder Jonathan Quintana was named first-team All-Sunshine State Conference as a utility player. He led the team with seven homers, was second with 38 RBI and went 10 for 10 on steal attempts.

The former Archbishop McCarthy standout hit .352 for a team that finished 21-28, becoming the first Barry player in two years to earn first-team all-league honors.

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