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* HEADING SOUTH: With six freshmen, three junior college transfers and three other newcomers from overseas, Charleston Southern wasn't expected to be a factor in the Big South Conference race this winter. The Buccaneers, however, are a surprising 5-2 in conference play and 11-6 overall, thanks to the all-around play of 6-5 junior guard Darnell Sneed.
Sneed, who played one season of varsity ball at Douglass High before blossoming at the New Community College of Baltimore, leads the Big South with a 20.6 scoring average. He's made 53.5 percent of his shots, and also is picking up 4.6 rebounds and a team-high 3.5 assists per game.
"Darnell is a penetrator, and he's getting a lot of his points driving and pulling up for the jumper," Charleston Southern coach Gary Edwards said. "In the last three or four minutes of a game, we want the ball in his hands. It's nice when your best player is also your hardest worker, and that makes him a great role model for our younger kids."
NCCB was loaded with guard prospects when Sneed played there, and Red Devils coach Roger Dickens used him at center. Sneed was an all-region choice in 1989-90, and got his associate degree in December 1990 before enrolling at Charleston Southern last spring. Dickens had sent Doren Chapman and Ashby White to Atlantic Christian when Edwards took that North Carolina school to two NAIA tournaments.
Sneed, a strong candidate for Player of the Year in the Big South, has the opportunity to play here next season, since that's the conference that Towson State and UMBC will be joining.
* POWERFUL FORWARD: The Kentucky women are getting another strong season from Patressa Leonard, a 6-2 junior forward who starred at Woodlawn High.
Leonard has started all 20 games for the 11-9 Wildcats. She's averaging 8.2 points and is the team's top rebounder, with 6.3 a game. She also leads Kentucky in blocks, with 12. She averaged 8.3 points and 5.5 rebounds as a sophomore.
* A GOOD WEEK: Devin Gray of Clemson was named the ACC's Rookie of the Week. The St. Frances graduate scored 41 points in three games to lead all Clemson scorers for the week. He made 10 of 11 shots in the loss to top-ranked Duke. His 90.9 field-goal percentage for the game was the best for any Clemson player in four years. * ACC Men's -- Bryant Stith, Virginia, 6-5 sr. forward: Scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a victory over Maryland, then added a season-high 30 points in a win over North Carolina State.
* ACC Women's -- Rhonda Mapp, North Carolina State, 6-3 sr. center: Scored 29 points and had 10 rebounds in a victory over East Carolina. Against top-ranked Maryland, she scored 30 points with nine rebounds in a 99-90 loss.
* Atlantic 10 -- Marsalis Basey, West Virginia, 5-8 so. guard: 23 points in win over St. Joseph's.
* Atlantic 10 Women's -- Rosemary Kosiorek, West Virginia, 5-5 sr. guard: Mercy High grad averaged 27.3 points and 8.0 assists in three wins.
* East Coast -- Terrance Jacobs, Towson State, 6-3 sr. guard: Averaged 25 points and 11.5 rebounds in 2-0 week.
* ECAC South Division III Women's Rookie -- Chris Politz, 6-1 fr. forward: Averaged 18.7 points and 12.7 rebounds in three games.
* Metro Atlantic -- Keith Bullock, Manhattan, 6-7 jr. forward: Averaged 20 points and nine rebounds in three wins.
* Metro Atlantic Women's Rookie -- Patty Stoffey, Loyola, 5-10 fr. forward: Honored for sixth time in nine weeks after averaging 14.5 points and eight rebounds in two losses.
* Mid-Eastern Athletic -- Reginald Finney, Florida A&M, 6-5 sr. forward: 51 points, 21 rebounds and 13 assists in 2-1 week.
* Northeast -- Miladin Mutadvic, Wagner, 6-10 fr. center: Averaged 23 points and 14.5 rebounds in 1-1 week.
* Patriot Men's -- Patrick King, Bucknell, 6-6 sr. forward: Averaged 27 points and eight rebounds in a 3-0 week. Bob Krizansky, Lehigh, sr. forward: Scored 24 points against Bucknell, then added 25 in victory over Holy Cross.
* Patriot Women's -- Kelly Roche, Fordham, 6-5 jr. center: Set school and league record with 10 blocks against Navy. Also had team- and season-high 17 rebounds and 19 points.