Rice Owls Have New Leader to Follow

D’Frantz Smart went back to school this summer, but the most important lesson she learned may have come during the first few weeks of last season. Smart admittedly wasn’t physically or mentally ready at the beginning of the 2009-10 season. She was still recovering from a foot injury that sidelined her most of the summer, and it showed during the Owls’ 1-6 start. That’s when coach Greg Williams made the decision to bench his starting point guard for an early non-conference game against Sam Houston State.

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4 PGC Grads named to Naismith PreSeason Watch list

The Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors compiled the 2010-11 Naismith Preseason Watch List. On the list are four (4) Point Guard College alumni: Cetera DeGraffenreid (UNC), Italee Lucas (UNC), Jence Rhoads (Vanderbilt) and Dawn Evans (James Madison).

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Three PGC Alum Named as Candidates for Lowes Senior Class Award

30 NCAA® women’s basketball student-athletes, who excel both on and off the court, were selected as candidates today for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in basketball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of candidates follows this release.

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Point Guard College Basketball Instructor Holds Court in Kenya

From Rookie of the Year to two-time MVP, Dave Burnett was a fixture on the University of Waterloo men’s basketball team for five seasons. Now, he’s taking his skills and experience to the streets of Nairobi, Kenya, where he’ll volunteer at a basketball program in one of the city’s most troubled neighborhoods.

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Indiana University Senior, Whitney Lyndsay, Gains Edge at Point Guard College

Indiana senior Whitney Lindsay was one of 32 female participants, joining 11 other point guards who played in the 2010 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, at the Point Guard College’s “College Athlete” Session from Aug. 9-13, 2010, at Emmanuel College in Boston.

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Point Guard College Grad, Emilie Johnson, Eyes the Prize

While other college students are backpacking across Europe or partying till dawn, Emilie Johnson (UC Santa Barbara Gauchoes) and Kasey Riecks (UC Davies Aggies) are keeping busy with hoops. For Division I college basketball players like Johnson and Riecks, there is no such thing as a true offseason.

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Relentlessly Optimistic

Despite her determined push to develop into a team leader who imposes her will via vocal chords and work ethic, Rice junior point guard D’Frantz Smart remains as affably approachable as ever, her rosy disposition seemingly unaffected by her overt desire for maturation.

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Point Guard College Grad, Danielle McCray, Signs Professional Contract

Former Kansas women’s basketball player, Danielle McCray, also an alumni of Point Guard College, signed a professional basketball contract to play internationally in Israel.

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