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Over the last few seasons, Greater San Antonio has produced more and more prospects to play at the college level. Not all have had a smooth transition, but more than a handful have been solid contributors and important pieces on their current team.
We take a shotgun look at some of the former area stars and how they’re fairing, as most college programs are getting ready for the start of conference play.
Put on a career performance against UTSA Friday. Went for 21 pts in leading the Mean Green to the come from behind win. Is averaging 9pts, shooting 44% from beyond the arc, and has played in all 14 games for UNT. Has already started 5 games, but on Friday, UNT Head Coach Tony Benford opted to bring him off the bench for a spark and Brown paid huge dividends. On the season is averaging 26 minutes a game.
Marcus Harris, So. San Diego (Macarthur HS)
Has started all but 1 of the Torero’s 12 games. Is the teams floor leader and leads San Diego in minutes per contest, averaging 30 a night. He’s also third on the team in scoring with 8 points a game. Is 23 of 28 from the charity stripe and is the Torero’s top shooter from the charity stripe (82%).
Tanner Leissner, So. New Hampshire (Judson HS)
As a freshman he splashed onto the scene, earning America East Conference Freshman of the Year. Was dubbed All America East pre-season at the start of this year and he’s lived up to the hype. He leads UNH scoring 14pts a game, and is the second leading rebounder with 6 boards a contest.
One of the more visible area alumns whose had his standout moments on the air. Earlier in the season he marked his arrival with an impressive performance versus Clemson on ESPN. The nation took notice. He earned Big 10 freshman of the week earlier in December for his play. Although the Gophers have struggled as of late, Murphy’s game has not. He’s seen action in all 13 games, started 2, and is fourth on the team in scoring, 11pts. Even more impressive, he’s the team leader in pulling down 9 boards a game.
Connor Lammert, Sr. Texas (Churchill HS)
A frontline starter for Shaka Smart, putting in 26 minutes a contest, has shown his grit and toughness down low on the defensive side, hitting the glass for 5 rebounds a game. On the offensive end, he’s able to stretch defenses because of his ability to shoot the three, on the season he’s 14 of 42 (33%).
Taurean Prince, Sr. Baylor (Warren HS)
As a junior he earned All Big XII honors and 6th Man of the Year award for Baylor. He’s continued his rise with stellar play as a senior, leading the Bears with 16 points a night, second on the team with 21 steals, and is arguably the teams best overall player. With his play for the Bears and performance in this past summers Pan-AM games, he is now being mentioned on NBA draft boards.
George King, RS So. Colorado (Brennan HS)
The biggest surprise of the group, just might be King. After red-shirting last year to hone his game and take care of work in the classroom for Tad Boyle, he’s re-emerged as a top option for the Buffs. Currently second on the team in scoring at 14pts, and has developed an accurate long range game. He’s one of CU’s best deep threats, hitting 30 of 66 (46%) from 3-point land. A big reason why the Buffaloes are 11-3, and getting votes to crack the Top 25.
Taylor Sutlive, RS So. Cal-Poly (Churchill HS)
A primary starter for the Mustangs, is having a breakout year. Currently scoring 9pts a game and is lighting it up from the floor. Shooting 47% from the field as a two guard, but even better from deep. From beyond the arc, has nailed 28 of 59, a 48% clip for the 3-ball.
Ronnel Jordan, Sr. (Cole HS/Texas Western JC)
After starring at Cole, and then spending two seasons at Texas Western Junior College, he’s developed into a key cog for the Wildcats. Is averaging 10pts and is a primary starter at the SG spot for New Hampshire.