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View from the East
Monday, April 5, 2004

By Al Myatt
ECU Beat Writer for The News & Observer

Herrion pursuing backcourt firepower


Dwayne Shackleford, a teammate of East Carolina basketball signee Mike Castro at Allegany College in Cumberland, Md., made a campus visit the weekend of March 27.

Shackleford (5-foot-10, 185 pounds) is a scoring guard who puts up baskets by the bushel at times. He tallied 40 points in Allegany’s 97-90 triple overtime win over Lon Morris, Tex. Junior College (Luke McKay’s alma mater) in the first round of the national junior college tournament.

ECU basketball coach Bill Herrion saw the performance, in which Castro fouled out. If the Pirates sign Shackleford, Herrion would likely sign a combination guard with the remaining scholarship.

Herrion went 1-for-2 on his Final Four semifinal picks. He had Connecticut beating Duke and Oklahoma State over Georgia Tech. The Huskies are his choice for the title tonight.

Just a note from one Associated Press account on UConn’s 79-78 win over Duke in the semifinals. The story referred to a 3-pointer by Chris Duhon of the Blue Devils at the buzzer as meaningless. While it certainly didn’t affect the final outcome, the published line on the game had the Huskies giving Duke two points. While it’s illegal to bet on sports in most locales, Duhon’s bank shot made the Blue Devils a winner on the spread — far from meaningless to those who had money on the game.

Pirates vs. ACC for Jimmy V

Promoter Keith Peten plans to carry March Madness right into April and help a good cause in the process when he brings a team of Atlantic Coast Conference seniors to Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum to play a team of former East Carolina players.

Tickets are already available through the ECU ticket office for a 7 p.m. tipoff on Friday, April 23.

The ACC players who have committed to this point include Marcus Melvin, Jamar Smith, Todd Billet, Chris Hobbs, Scooter Sherrill, Alan Williams, Damien Price, Jonathan Miller and Phillip McLamb.

Peten may yet add some ACC players who have been involved in the NCAA Tournament.

The Pirates contingent includes Vinny Sharp, Lestor Lyons, Brandon Hawkins, Erroyl Bing, Garrett Blackwelder, Shawn Moore, Travis Holcomb-Faye and Derrick Wiley.

A portion of the proceeds from the ACC vs. Pirate challenge will go to the Jimmy V Foundation. For more information about the game or sponsorship opportunities, contact Peten at (919) 580-7572.

Henry impressive across the pond

Former ECU running back Leonard Henry was allocated to NFL Europe by the Miami Dolphins and opened the season overseas in impressive fashion on Saturday. Henry ran 19 times for 114 yards and two touchdowns to help the defending champion Frankfurt Galaxy to a 34-11 win over the Amsterdam Admirals in Frankfurt. The former Clinton High School star also had three catches for 60 yards. Purple is one of Frankfurt’s team colors.

The Galaxy visits the Cologne Centurions, a new team in the league, on Saturday.

More NFL Europe

The Berlin Thunder team for which former ECU mentor Steve Logan is quarterbacks coach opened its season with a 20-14 win over the Scottish Claymores in Berlin. Former LSU quarterback Rohan Davey started at quarterback for the Thunder and completed 8 of 14 passes for 106 yards.
David Rivers (pronounced RYE-vers) was 8 for 10 for 65 yards and a touchdown. Neither Thunder quarterback threw an interception and Berlin was 7 for 14 on third down conversions.

Former Pirate quarterback turned receiver Richard Alston saw action for Berlin as a returner. He had a fair catch on a punt and returned one kickoff for 13 yards.

Berlin visits Amsterdam on Saturday.

Pinkney emerges

If the post spring depth chart holds up, East Carolina will have its third different starting quarterback in as many seasons with James Pinkney listed as No. 1 coming out of the final offseason scrimmage on Thursday night.

“James throws a nice ball and he’s intelligent,” said new offensive coordinator Noah Brindise, the third coach in that position in the same number of seasons. “We didn’t know how intelligent he was because he’s very quiet.”

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