Barney chooses third path

Southwestern star opts to follow Green, Summers into Big East, but picks Providence



For Southwestern's Jamal Barney, the choice was easy.

Longtime Cecil Kirk Recreation teammates Dante Green of Towson Catholic and DaJuan Summers of McDonogh, two 6-foot-9 forwards, already had committed to Syracuse and Georgetown, respectively.

Barney chose Providence, accepting a full athletic scholarship for which he will sign today, the first day of the early signing period for several sports that ends Nov. 16.

"[Summers and Green] were a factor in my decision, yes, and it would be great to play with them in college," said Barney, a 6-3 guard. "But I've played with DaJuan for about three or four years, and since we'll all be in the Big East, anyway, I figured why not go somewhere where I can develop on my own and make it on my own."

Barney said he chose Providence over a number of other schools offering scholarships, including Georgetown, Miami, Illinois, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, George Mason and Towson.

"When I went to Providence, I really enjoyed the laid-back coaching style of their coach and the environment in general. Plus, they'll be losing a guard to graduation, so I'll go in and try to fill that spot," said Barney, a full qualifier under the NCAA's guidelines for freshman eligibility.

"I met with the academic adviser and they said they'll provide tutors if I need them. I'm comfortable that I'll get the academic support that I need, so I'm set."

Last season, Barney averaged 24.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game in leading the Sabers to a 22-4 record and a No. 6 ranking in The Sun's final boys basketball poll.

Barney was the go-to player for the Class 4A North regional runners-up - a high-flying guard with a classic touch from the perimeter and the ability to stop on a dime in order to execute his pull-up jumper.

Milestone season

With Friday's come-from-behind, 20-17 football victory over Baltimore City League Division II rival Digital Harbor, Samuel L. Banks (4-6) virtually guaranteed itself a berth in the Class 1A South regional playoffs. If that happens, it is believed Samuel Banks will become the first state team to make the playoffs in its initial season.

Senior quarterback Devin Jefferson rushed for a touchdown, a two-point conversion and 114 yards, and freshman quarterback Jonathan Perry threw a 23-yard scoring pass to senior Dante Scott to spark the Lions' victory.

Seniors Brandon Matthews and Edgar Wright and sophomore Travis Garnett had interceptions for the Lions, who trail Poolesville (7-1), Dunbar (7-2) and Forest Park (5-4) in the chase for one of the four regional seeds.

The Lions, coached by Rashid Pinckney, next face winless W.E.B. DuBois, while Digital Harbor (3-6), which is fifth in the region, takes on Division II power Carver (8-1).

Samuel Banks also had its first state qualifiers in cross country, with junior Kayon Spencer and sophomore Christel McKenzi finishing 13th and 14th in last weekend's Class 1A South regional championships at Dulaney. Finishing in the top 15 allows competitors to qualify for the 1A championships at Hereford on Saturday.

Passing the torch

After eclipsing the school's career rushing record with his 181-yard, three-touchdown effort Friday night against visiting Baltimore Lutheran, Cardinal Gibbons running back Antwarn Jones got a surprise visit from the man whose record he broke.

The game was stopped early in the second quarter to allow former All-Metro pick Hassan Muhammad II, whose mark of 3,137 fell to Jones' 3,182, to honor his successor at midfield.

Muhammad, now playing for Towson University, still holds the school's single-season rushing record of 1,737 yards, which he accomplished during his sophomore year in 2000.

Muhammad played another year at Cardinal Gibbons before transferring to Meade of Anne Arundel County for his senior year.

"They stopped the game and [Gibbons coach] Donald Davis called Hassan out to the field and gave him a football," said Hassan's father, Hassan Muhammad I. "Then Hassan whispered something to Antwarn and gave the ball to him. It was a nice gesture on the part of the coach, sort of like passing the torch."

Jones finished the year with 1,132 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Douglass supporter

Ricky Jackson, a 1972 graduate of Douglass High, is happy for the football team's current success, but he remembers when things weren't going so well for the Ducks. Douglass had lost 28 consecutive games entering an Oct. 8, 1971, matchup with McDonogh, won by the Ducks, 38-6.

Jackson, 51, who ran for a touchdown in the game, lives in Los Angeles and works as a customer service manager at a bank. Now married with four children ranging in age from 13 to 32, he corresponded with The Sun in response to an article in the paper about his alma mater's past futility that has turned into success.

This year's Ducks (8-1 overall, 8-0 league) are in first place in Division II of the Baltimore City League after beating rival Carver (8-1), 13-6, Friday.

"I've been checking the Internet on them every once in a while," said Jackson, whose Ducks also beat longtime rival Carver, 28-8, in the final game of his senior season.

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