College Sports in the Carolinas
from the East
Monday, April 5, 2004
By Al Myatt
ECU Beat Writer for The News &
Herrion pursuing backcourt
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
The Pirates contingent includes Vinny Sharp, Lestor Lyons, Brandon Hawkins,
Erroyl Bing, Garrett Blackwelder, Shawn Moore, Travis Holcomb-Faye and
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
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.
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
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