Tracking the College Basketball Stars of the Future
Sunday, December 7, 2003
By Thad Mumau
ECU still cultivating
secured the signature of Mike Castro on a letter of intent in November, and
now the Pirates would like to add one of his teammates to their spring
Ledbetter is a sophomore point guard at Allegany Junior College in
Cumberland, MD. At 6-4 and 195 pounds, his height and strength give him an
advantage over many other players at the position. He can see over defenses
and is strong enough that he doesn’t get bumped off the ball.
"He’s really a
fine all-around player," Allegany coach Robert Kirk said. "Sterling can
score, get the ball to teammates for good shots and run the offense, plus he
is an outstanding defender. We almost always put him on the opponent’s top
offensive player unless it’s a big man. He can guard anybody up to 6-6.
"He is a big,
strong point guard. He handles the ball very well, and this year he is
running the team a lot better. He has matured a lot."
started every game last season as the Trojans finished 27-3 and ranked No. 8
in the final National Junior College poll. He averaged 8.8 points, 8.3
assists and 5.7 rebounds on a balanced team that saw eight players get at
least 7.5 points per game. He also had 55 steals and 18 blocked shots.
more this season, an average of about 15 points to go with 7.5 assists and
six rebounds per game in Allegany’s 7-1 start, but he's hitting just 32
percent of his three-point attempts.
improve," Kirk said. "Sterling needs work on his three-point shot, and he
has worked hard on it. It’s something he has spent a lot of time on. He
knows you can’t be very successful as a point guard in Division I college
basketball if people are backing off and giving you the jump shot. That
makes the rest of your game less effective.
looks to pass first, and that’s the way it should be with a point guard. At
the same time, though, the point guard has got to shoot well enough to keep
defenses honest. Otherwise, they sag back and clog up the passing lanes.
"He can get
into the lane," Kirk said. "He’s a very good penetrator and can beat you off
the dribble. He is very good in transition and in half-court."
48.2 percent of his shots from the floor last season, but that included only
31.7 percent (13 of 41) accuracy behind the arc. He sank 74.7 percent of his
He scored a
season-high 21 points against Howard Community College and turned in his
best all-around performance in the Maryland Juco Tournament when he had 19
points, 16 assists and seven rebounds in a win over Hagerstown CC.
would love to get Sterling," Kirk said, "and so would a lot of other
favorite schools appear to be East Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia,
Clemson and Maryland, with no visits taken recently.
think Castro’s decision to join ECU could have a strong influence on
Ledbetter since the two of them are teammates at Allegany Junior College,
but apparently that will not be a factor on the point guard’s decision.
"No, I don’t
think so," Kirk said. "Mike really liked East Carolina when he visited
there, and Sterling heard all about it. But that won’t play a part in what
not taken any official campus visits.
A graduate of
Laurel (MD) High School, he averaged 10 assists as a junior and 15.3 points
and eight assists his senior season.
recruiting news involving a Conference USA team, junior big man Clarence
Holloway has committed to Louisville. He also had scholarship offers from
Marquette, Purdue, Florida and Illinois.
275-pound center averaged 12.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots as
a sophomore at Chicago (IL) Fenger Academy. He is ranked No. 26 in the 2005
class by Prepstars.com.
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