Saturday, November 18, 2017

Today's AugBball Schedule

Today’s local hoops schedule:

High school games on the AugBball radar:

Baldwin​ vs Johnson (Savannah at Evans
- According to the AJC​, Baldwin is the #4 team in GA’s class AAAA and Johnson is #4 in AAA

Laney vs Savannah at Evans
- Laney is #5 in AAA

Lakeside vs Josey at Greenbrier

Augusta Christian at Greenbrier

College games on the AugBball radar:

Charleston Southern​ at USC Upstate on ESPN2
- Preseason Big South Conference​ first team pick Christian Keeling will make his 2017-18 debut in this one!

Augusta University​ at West Georgia
- The Jaguars will aim to improve to 3-0. Coach Dip Metress’s squad has 5 players averaging double figures after 2 games.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Previews for the 3 HS tip-off tournament games featured Friday at AugBball: Baldwin-Flora, Lakeside-AC, and Greenbrier-Josey

Kalen Williams (left) and Nate Dunlop (right), 2 of the area's best, meet tonight at Greenbrier

For Friday’s live highlights and updates from Greenbrier’s Wolfpack Tip-off Challenge and Evans’ Hoopfest Tip-off, follow the following @AugBball channels:

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Friday at the Evans Hoopfest Tip-off

Baldwin vs AC Flora at Evans at 5:30

- Buck Harris’ Braves are the defending region champs and are ranked #4 in the AJC’s preseason class AAAA rankings as well as 4th on my preseason list of this area’s best teams.

Friday at Greenbrier’s Wolfpack Tip-Off Challenge

Lakeside vs Augusta Christian at Greenbrier at 7:00

- Lakeside went 21-6 in coach Jeff Williams’ first head coaching season, complete with a 13-0 league record and the school’s first ever region championship. The Panthers return junior star Kalen Williams and a good mix of returnees and newcomers.

- Augusta Christian is finally able to play Georgia’s public schools and 6’5” 210 pound junior guard Nate Dunlop is the area’s top returning scorer and probably the top player entering the season. Dunlop averaged 28 ppg and shot 38% from 3 last season.

Josey at Greenbrier at 8:30

- Josey clocked in as the #4 ranked class AAAA team in the AJC’s poll to go nicely with the Eagles’ final 4 finish last March. Rodriguez Daggett will lead the Eagles who I hope are eager to prove me wrong for not putting them on my preseason area top 10 list.

Austin Canaday: Sr, Greenbrier

- Greenbrier’s Austin Canaday and Richard Crawford make for a dangerous backcourt. The Wolfpack will try to improve to 2-0 tonight after beating Harlem soundly Wednesday.

Last season tipped off when Crawford and Laney’s Donald Henley Jr. dueled in Friday’s Wolfpack Challenge night cap game:

In a recent text interview, Greenbrier coach Casey Heckathorn told me about the great relationships and matchups that the Challenge has fostered over its 3 year history and the neat addition of Augusta Christian:

We love having both Laney and Josey and have great relationships and cross rivals with those schools now. We did draw Laney for another tournament so we’re happy for that.

With Laney out this year and the opportunity to include private schools we thought ACS was a great fit as their fan base and population is greatly based out of the lakeside and greenbrier zones. There’s a lot of interest in them proving themselves against public schools. We thought it was a good fit.

Sounds like a great fit and a great night of area high school hoops!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Gomillion leads Aquinas past Midland Valley and more results from Tuesday

Tre Gomillion (Aquinas)

Aquinas 64, Midland Valley 31

Preseason scrimmage game

Richmond 65, Grovetown 49

I only watched 1 quarter of Richmond’s 65-49 home win over Grovetown. But I was very impressed with the Musketeers. The team has good inside players and guards who can shoot and score and who want to throw the ball inside to the bigs. And I don’t think any of tonight’s starters were seniors. Coach Steve Nobles always does a good job.

Grovetown Lady Warriors 51, Richmond 34

Grovetown improved to 2-0.
Ayana Collins - 13, Marissa Tate 11 (3 threes), Savannah Giles 8

Richmond's Jakiyah Parker led all scorers with 16.

Augusta Christian 72, Alleluia 47

Nate Dunlop (Augusta Christian) - 23 points

Ben Freed (Alleluia) - 33 points

Glenn Hills 65, Harrison 61

Several people approached me in the gym to tell me I was wrong for only ranking Glenn Hills #6 in my preseason ranking. Tuesday's result may be seen as a sign they were right and I was wrong. But time and results will tell for sure.

 College Basketball

Benedict freshman Jelani Watson-Gayle (Westminster ‘17) scored 21 points in a 105-71 win over Carver. Watson-Gayle has scored 58 points in the team’s first 3 games. Benedict (3-0) will host Augusta next Tuesday and I’ll report live from the scene.

Carver's Malique Gibbons (Thomson '14) scored 19 points in the loss.

Thank you Ron Freeman for the film and the updates!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Georgia Southern, South Carolina and Clayton State all win at home to headline Monday's AugBball college basketball results

Follow @AugBball on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for live highlights and updates from the AugBball Game of the Day!

Georgia Southern 77, CSU Bakersfield 53

Georgia Southern creamed CSU Bakersfield 77-53 in the first home game of the season for the Eagles, who improved to 2-0 after an 85-83 win at Wake Forest Friday. Tookie Brown (Morgan County '15) posted nearly flawless shooting Numbers, making 7 of 8 field goals and 9 of 10 free throws. Fellow preseason All Sun Belt Conference first team pick Ike Smith added 21 points on 4-7 three point shooting.

South Carolina 70, Western Michigan 60

Hassani Gravett scored 15 points and Frank Booker (Westside '13) added 14 as the Gamecocks improved to 2-0 Monday on the night when last season's Final Four banner was hung at Colonial Life Arena. Booker made 5 of 8 field goals and 3 of 6 from deep to follow up a 12 point (3-5 3 pt FG) performance in Friday's win at Wofford.

Clayton State 106, Carver 78 (Exhibition)

Denzel Council, a senior transfer from Armstrong State, scored 25 points to lead the Lakers to a convincing exhibition game win at home. Aubrey McRae (Glenn Hills '14), who transferred from Georgia Southern, added 19 points on 4-7 3 point shooting. And Jaylen Taylor (Laney '15) added 12.

Wednesday Clayton State opens its regular season at Queens (2-0), which was ranked as high as #2 in Division II by at least one preseason poll.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday night’s AugBball college basketball schedule and one more weekend standout

Follow @AugBball's Monday night live coverage of Georgia Southern's home opener and more games including area players! 

Monday night’s AugBball college basketball schedule:

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7:00 PM

Carver at Clayton State

Area players:
- Clayton State’s Aubrey Mcrae (Glenn Hills ‘14), Jaylen Taylor (Laney ‘15) and Moses Williams (Richmond ‘17)
- Carver’s Malique Gibbons and Marquel Gibbons (Thomson ‘14 and ‘16)
Live stats -
Video -

7:00 PM

Temple women vs Rutgers

Area player: Temple’s Emani Mayo (Hephzibah ‘17)
Live stats -

7:30 PM

Georgia Southern vs CSU Bakersfield

Area player: Tookie Brown (Morgan County ‘15)

Brown led the Eagles to an upset win at Wake Forest Friday night.

Tonight is GS’s home opener.

Live stats -
Video -

8:00 PM

South Carolina vs Western Michigan

Area player: South Carolina’s Frank Booker (Westside ‘13)

The Gamecocks will hang their 2017 Final Four banner before this home opener. Booker scored 12 points Friday in the Gamecocks’ opening night win at Wofford:

Live stats:

8:00 PM

Savannah State women at Alabama State

Area player: Savannah State’s Jazmine Bartlett (Laney ‘17)
Live stats -

One more standout performer from the weekend

If you followed the @AugBball live coverage on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter this weekend you know all about Don Coleman's 62 points in two Cal games; Ahmed Hill's 19 point, 9 rebound performance, complete with a highlight dunk off the backboard, in Virginia Tech's season opening win over Detroit Mercy; Jelani Watson-Gayle's blistering beginning for 2-0 Benedict; and Tamyrik Fields's opening 19 point opening night thunderous second half dunk that put Augusta ahead of Mount Olive.

Before we move into a new week, I want to recognize the play this weekend of Augusta University forward Deane Williams in the Jaguars' back-to-back season opening wins at Barton College. 38 points on 15 of 18 field goal shooting (including a poster dunk on the first possession of the season shown here) and 16 rebounds was an eye popping stat line for the 6'8" junior!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

AugBball schedule - Sat, 11-11-17

HS Bball’s 2017-18 opening game:

Butler at Grovetown (girls) - 5:00
Butler at Grovetown (boys) - 6:30

Expect @AugBball bonus coverage (score updates and video highlights) for these opening HS Bball games

Men’s and Women’s CBB schedule:

Augusta at Barton College - 1:00
Live stats

Benedict vs AUM in Orangeburg - 1:30
Area player: Benedict’s Jelani Watson-Gayle (Westminster ‘17), who scored 23 points in BC’s season opening 86-74 win over Montevallo Friday.

Queens vs North Georgia at Georgia College - 1:30
Area player: Queens’s Daniel Carr (Midland Valley ‘16)

Lander Women vs Carson Newman at USC Aiken - 2:00
Area player: Lander’s Tabitha Dailey (Butler ‘16)

USC Aiken women vs Lincoln Memorial - 4:00
Area players: USC Aiken’s Janae Simpson (Greenbrier ‘15), Lonesha Lee (North Augusta ‘16) and Kwajelin Farrar* (Grovetown ‘16) *likely out due to injury

Lenoir Rhyne vs Francis Marion at Pembroke - 5:00
Area player: Francis Marion's Jaquez Smith (North Augusta '16)

Albany State women at Valdosta State - 6:00 PM
Area player: Albany State's Gemiya Bowman (Laney '16)

NJIT vs Wagner - 6:00
Area player: NJIT’s San Antonio Brinson (Thomson ‘16)

Mars Hill at Limestone - 7:30
Area player - Mars Hill's Justen Hartfield (Greenbrier '16)
Area player: Limestone's TJ Sheppard (North Augusta '13)

*I am still double checking times. And thanks to the people who have been reminding me of names to check for. On that note, I will be populating my calendar (and this post if need be) with the info for the following players:

Naomi Hughes - Air Force
Morgan Taylor - Navy
Nick Meyers - Belmont Abbey
Destiny Brewton - Arkansas Pine Bluff

Jasmine Holloman - Mississippi Valley State

Standout performers from opening day of college basketball: Includes Tamyrik Fields, Ahmed Hill, Don Coleman, Frank Booker and more!

1) Tamyrik Fields (Aquinas '14) - Augusta University

2) Tookie Brown (Morgan County '15) - Georgia Southern

3) Ahmed Hill (Aquinas '14) - Augusta University

19 points and 9 rebounds in Virginia Tech's 111-79 win over Detroit Mercy

4) Aaron Byrd (Augusta University)

5) Frank Booker (Westside '13) - South Carolina

6) Don Coleman (Butler '15) - California

Don Coleman is the kind of player who will go down swinging if he has to go down. It was a big individual night for Butler's all time leading scorer in Cal's loss to UC Riverside.

7) Jelani Watson-Gayle (Westminster '17) - Benedict

Jelani scored 23 points (4-8 3 pt FG) in BC's 86-74 win over Montevallo in his first collegiate game.

8) Jasmine Robinson (Richmond '17) - Troy

10 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in Troy's 89-62 win over Stillman

9) Deane Williams - Augusta University

10) Mckenna Lawrence (Evans '16) - Jacksonville

11 points (3-5 3 pt FG) in 103-44 win over Brewton Parker.

Friday, November 10, 2017

High school boys preseason top 10 and the AugBball Games of the Day for the first week of HS play

Kevin Williamson (Aiken) left and Daniel Parrish (Aquinas) right

In this post are the following:
1) Preseason top 10 teams with a special focus on the top two teams, #2 Aquinas and #1 Aiken
2) My current schedule for week 1 HS hoops Game of the Day AugBball coverage

AugBball Preseason Top 10 Teams:

#10 Midland Valley (Last season 7-17)
#9 Richmond (23-6, GHSA class AAAA region 3 runner up)
#8 Lakeside (21-5, class AAAAAA region 3 champion)
#7 Butler (18-10, class AA region 4 runner up)
#6 Glenn Hills (16-10)
#5 Laney (25-6, class AA region 4 champion, state playoff quarterfinals)
#4 Baldwin (18-9, class AAAA 3 champion)
#3 North Augusta (20-6, SCHSL class AAAA, region 4 runner up)

#2 Aquinas

Last season:
GHSA class A region 7 champion
Reached quarterfinal in state playoffs in GHSA class A private

The two teams at the top of my preseason top 10, Aiken and Aquinas, have two common traits. Both teams return their best players from undefeated region championship teams that reached the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. And both teams have very tall players at almost every position. I count maybe 8 players 6'3-6'4" and above in the two starting lineups. Both teams are legitimate state title contenders.

Aquinas will open before Aiken when the Fighting Irish play Bishop Loughlin (Brooklyn, NY) and Eagles Landing Christian Academy 14 hours apart in the highly regarded Holiday Hoopsgiving tournament November 24 and 25. The tournament made the USA Today High School Sports list of the top 15 tournaments in the country this season:

Eagles Landing is one of class A private's top 4 teams, as is Aquinas. So coach Darren Douglas's team will be able to measure itself immediately after the season tips off. The addition of Daniel Parrish, a 6'4" senior wing who transferred from South Aiken, will give Aquinas the length to challenge even last season's almost unbelievable 36 points allowed per game mark, which was good for first in the state.

Coach Douglas talked to me at a recent practice about the Holiday Hoopsgiving tournament, the addition of Parrish, and more:

#1 Aiken

Last season:
SCHSL class AAAA region 4 champion
Reached quarterfinal in state playoffs in SCHSL class AAAA

Aiken will not officially get started until the Hornets visit Silver Bluff on November 29. But I saw coach Darris Jackson's squad in a recent scrimmage against Lakeside, and the Hornets looked extremely sharp, and imposing, and experienced.

As you can see, Aiken's deep roster is huge, and productive, at almost every position:

Nazae Baltimore - 6'6" junior - 8 ppg, 7 rpg
Antonio Bussey - 6'7" senior
Kevin Williamson - 6'4" senior - 10 ppg, 4 rpg - All Region
Calvin Mathis - 6'4" senior - 7 ppg, 4 rpg, 2 apg
Jordan Lytes - 6'1" senior - 10 ppg, 4 apg - All Region
Maison Hall - 6'1" junior - 5 ppg, 3 rpg
George Williams - 6'2" junior - team leader in 3s made and 3 pt%

AugBball Game of the Day coverage of the first week of HS hoops

Grovetown at Butler (girls and boys)

Saturday, 11-11
AugBball Bonus Coverage

Butler's Drez McBride (16 ppg, 5 rpg) and Keith Littles (10 ppg, 3 rpg) immediately stepped into leadership roles during the first game of last season, a win over Lakeside. 

The senior duo will try to get the Bulldogs off to a good start on the road against a talented bunch at Grovetown. The Warriors are led by senior sharp shooter Eric Graham, who also started last season with a strong offensive showing in a game I featured:

Midland Valley at Aquinas (preseason scrimmage)

Saturday, 11-14
AugBball Game of the Day

Scrimmage or not, I won't miss it when two of the area's best meet in a sort of rare cross border heavy weight matchup. Aquinas's Tre Gomillion, last season's Augusta Chronicle Player of the Year, his teammate Daniel Parrish, and Midland Valley's Anthoney Ray all seem to me like they will be college players next season.

6'4" senior wing Anthoney Ray (Midland Valley) averaged 16 ppg last season.

Augusta Christian vs Lakeside at Greenbrier

Friday, 11-17
AugBball Game of the Day

This Wolfpack Challenge contest, which follows a Greenbrier-Josey which will likely become part of a double-header AugBball Game of the Day, features two of the area's best junior... point guards. That's right. As AC coach Charles Welch tells us in the interview below, the 6'6" 210 pound junior Nate Dunlop, who scored 28 ppg last season, will bring the ball up the court this season. (I like this move a lot.) Dunlop will face highly touted Lakeside lead guard Kalen Williams (16 ppg), also a junior, in this one.

In addition to Friday's Greenbrier-Josey game and Saturday's Greenbrier-Augusta Christian game, I'll try to add more games to the first week's coverage schedule, especially those including Baldwin, Laney, and Evans in this tip off tournament at Evans Friday and Saturday:

Thursday, November 9, 2017

More than 25 local players will suit up for NCAA Division I and II teams Friday on the college basketball season's opening day

Follow @AugBball for live updates and highlights from CBB's opening day at these channels:

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By my count, 28 area raised men and women basketball players will play for NCAA Division I and II schools Friday during what is officially the first day of the college basketball season. Here is a list of games, times, players involved, and links to follow the scores, stats, and broadcasts from the games.

Augusta vs Mount Olive at Barton College - 5:30 PM

AugBball Game of the Day

Area players: Augusta's Tamyrik Fields (Hephzibah and Aquinas '14), Kyle Doyle (Josey and Buford '13), and Mac McBride (Alleluia '16)

Troy women vs Stillman - 1:00 PM

@AugBball Bonus Coverage

Jasmine Robinson scored 11 points and dished 9 assists in Troy's exhibition win over AUM last week.

Area player: Troy's Jasmine Robinson (Richmond "17)
Live stats

California vs UC Riverside - Midnight

Area player: California's Don Coleman (Butler '15)
Watch on Pac 12 Network

Clemson women vs Kennesaw State - 11:00 AM

Area player: Clemson's Aliyah Collier (Laney '15) - *likely out due to injury

College of Charleston women vs Lipscomb 1:00 PM

Area player: College of Charleston's Destiny Marshall (Grovetown '17)
Live stats

Francis Marion vs Catawba at Pembroke - 1:00 PM

Area player: Francis Marion's Jaquez Smith (North Augusta '16)
Live stats

Albany State women vs West Florida - 5:30 PM

Area player: Albany State's Gemiya Bowman (Laney '16)

Benedict vs Montevallo in Orangeburg - 5:30 PM

Area player: Benedict's Jelani Watson-Gayle (Westminster '17)

Benedict's Jelani Watson-Gayle (Westminster '17)

Jacksonville women vs Brewton Parker - 5:30 PM

Area player: Jacksonville's Mckenna Lawrence (Evans '16)

Lander women vs Lincoln Memorial at USC Aiken - 5:30 PM

Area player: Lander's Tabitha Dailey (Butler '16)

Mars Hill vs Belmont Abbey at Limestone - 5:30 PM

Area player - Mars Hill's Justen Hartfield (Greenbrier '16)

Alabama A&M women at Alabama - 6:00 PM

Area player: Alabama A&M's Aubriana Bonner (Laney '17)

Virginia Tech vs Detroit - 6:00 PM

Area player: Ahmed Hill (Aquinas '14)

Charleston Southern at Davidson - 7:00 PM

Area player: Charleston Southern's Christian Keeling (out due to injury)

Georgia Southwestern at Radford - 7:00 PM

Area player: Georgia Southwestern's Jason Weaver (Richmond '17)

Savannah State women vs Lagrange

Area player: Savannah State's Jasmine Bartlett (Laney '17)

South Carolina at Wofford - 7:00 PM

Area player: South Carolina's Frank Booker (Westside '13)

Temple women vs Delaware State - 7:00 PM

Area players: Temple's Emani Mayo and Nicolette Mayo (Hephzibah '17)

Young Harris at Barton College - 7:30 PM

Area player: Young Harris’s Ben Dresser (Alleluia ‘17)
Live stats

Limestone vs Wingate - 7:30 PM

Area player: Limestone's TJ Sheppard (North Augusta '13)

Queens at Georgia College - 7:30 PM

Area player: Daniel Carr (Midland Valley ‘16)
Live stats

USC Aiken women vs Carson Newman

Area players: USC Aiken’s Janae Simpson (Greenbrier ‘15), Lonesha Lee (North Augusta ‘16) and Kwajelin Farrar* (Grovetown ‘16) *likely out due to injury
Live stats


Auburn vs Norfolk State - 8:00 PM

Area player: Auburn's Malik Dunbar (North Augusta and Spring Valley '15)

Memphis women vs Tennessee State

Area player: Memphis's Alana Davis (Cross Creek '17)

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Brown leads Georgia Southern to exhibition win over Augusta

Georgia Southern's Tookie Brown scored 27 points Friday

Tookie Brown and Ike Smith, who were both recently chosen as preseason first team All Sun Belt Conference players, combined to score 46 points to lead Georgia Southern past Augusta in exhibition action Friday. The game marked the first time in more than 25 years that a division 1 game was played at Christenberry Fieldhouse, home of the Jaguars, who made the move from division 1 to 2 after the 1991-92 season.

Augusta, which took a 22-11 first half lead after a Tamyrik Fields dunk, fell behind the Eagles 42-28 at halftime after a 31-6 Eagle run leading into the break. The Jaguars, led by Fields's team high 24 points, twice cut the deficit to 10 points in the second half. But foul trouble and the dynamic play of Southern's Brown, who led all scorers with 27 points, were too much for Augusta to overcome.

The Jaguars open the season Friday, November 10, against Mount Olive at Barton College. The Eagles open the same day at Wake Forest.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Links to keep up with the 6 colllege basketball and 3 high school football games that are on Friday's AugBball radar

Follow @AugBball on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for all the latest in area hoops (and HS football) action.

Friday's CBB exhibition action is plenty!

On the radar for AugBball - Nov 3, 2017

On the @AugBball radar tonight for CBB and HS football:

(Good luck to all the competitors!)

AugBball Game of the Day

7:00 Georgia Southern​ @ Augusta​

Live stream with John Patrick and me:

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6:30 USC Aiken​ Women at the College of Charleston​

- features last season’s Peach Belt Conference​ freshman of the year Kwajelin Farrar (USCA via Grovetown) and Destiny Marshall (Charleston via Grovetown). High school teammates reunited.

Live stats -

7:00 Charleston Southern​ vs Southern Wesleyan

- Preseason First team All Big South Conference​ pick Christian Keeling (Laney) leads the Bucs in their exhibition opener.

Live stats -

Mars Hill​ at NC State

- MH includes Justen Hartfield (Greenbrier)

HS football region championship games at 7:30 -

Jefferson County at Screven County​

(If tonight’s special AU vs GS hurricane relief game had not been scheduled I would have been at the Screven County game.)

Aquinas​ at Stratford

Link to watch -

Heritage at Evans​

Back to CBB...

7:30 Queens​ at Wake Forest​

The Royals, ranked #2 in Division 2 in a recent preseason poll, will try to follow last season’s exhibition game upset win over VCU with a road win in the ACC tonight. Daniel Carr (Midland Valley) returns for his sophomore season after making the SAC’s all rookie team last year.

Live stats -

8:00 UNC Pembroke​ at Creighton

The Braves were picked first in the Peach Belt Conference​ preseason coaches poll. Back to back exhibition games against Creighton and Northern Iowa will no doubt get the Braves ready for its coming opener against Lenoir-Rhyne​.

Live stats -

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Augusta falls at Clemson but prepares for part 2 of the exam, Georgia Southern

Kyle Doyle (right) and Deane Williams (left) defend Clemson's Gabe Devoe Thursday.

Hopes of an Augusta University upset at Clemson faded soon after halftime Thursday when the Tigers outscored the Jaguars 49-23 in the final 20 minutes to hand Clemson an 80-56 exhibition game win over Augusta. The Jaguars led by as many as 11 in the first half and took a 33-31 lead into intermission.

“In the first half we were pretty good. In the second half we couldn’t match their physicality,” Augusta coach Dip Metress said after the game.

The Jaguars out-rebounded Clemson 22-17 in the first half, converting 8 second chance points along the way. Augusta was led by Deane Williams (11 points and 9 rebounds), Tyvez Monroe (11 points), TC Fields (10 points and 6 rebounds), and Kyle Doyle (9 points and 7 rebounds).

Full Game Highlights

Williams echoed his coach’s comments in our post game interview: “I felt like we held our own in the first half. In the second half they just got more aggressive. That’s the difference between division 1 and division 2. Size is a big factor.”

Metress and Williams both pointed towards Friday’s home game against Georgia Southern, a special game that will raise money for hurricane relief, as another opportunity to learn before the regular season starts.

“I told them it’s a three part exam. Tonight’s the first part. Tomorrow against Georgia Southern is the second part. And Sunday’s scrimmage on the road is the final part,” coach Metress said.

Georgia Southern’s visit will mark the first time a Division 1 team has played at Christenberry Fieldhouse, Augusta’s home, since the Jaguars made the move from Division 1 to Division 2 over 25 years ago.

Also noteworthy will be the return to the Augusta area of junior Tookie Brown, Georgia Southern’s all conference guard who famously knocked out Laney High from the semifinals of the state playoffs in 2015 while playing for Morgan County HS. Brown scored 32 points in the second half of that game. He scored over 3,000 points in his four years of high school.

Augusta at Clemson - Game of the Day Preview

Junior Tyvez Monroe is Augusta's leading returning scorer and assist man.

For live video highlights and news updates from today's AugBball Game of the Day between Augusta University and Clemson, follow @AugBball on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

The Jaguars will tip off the 2017-18 season tonight with an exhibition game at Clemson (7:00 P.M.) before returning home Friday to host Georgia Southern in a special "hurricane relief game" at Christenberry Fieldhouse. The Jags were recently picked to finish second in the Peach Belt Conference preseason coaches poll. Clemson was tabbed as the 13th (of 15) best team in the mighty Atlantic Coast Conference at its recent media day gathering.

Even after the graduation of the school's and the conference's all time leading scorer Keshun Sherrill, Augusta returns a wealth of experience and talent. Four of the team's top 5 scorers from last season are now juniors or seniors. Senior Tamyrik Fields told me in an interview before this season's first practice that he and his teammates are eager to prove they can build on the team's regular season Peach Belt Conference championship from a year ago: "We want to show everybody that we have scorers on our team. We have people that can go get a bucket. Who can go get stops," said Fields.

Meet Augusta's returning leaders:

Jasmine Robinson hit the ground running at Troy and other news and notes from Wednesday's exhibition games

Jasmine Robinson - Freshman, Troy

Richmond graduate Jasmine Robinson, last season's Augusta Chronicle Player of the Year, wasted no time making an impact at Troy University. The freshman scored 11 points, dished 9 assists, and grabbed 6 rebounds in the Lady Trojans' 79-54 exhibition game win over Auburn University at Montgomery Wednesday. Here are clips of her playing and speaking to the media afterwards:

Troy earned a spot in last season's NCAA tournament by winning the Sun Belt Conference championship. I dare say that in the past 10 years or so no area player, female or male, has stepped onto campus and started right away for a team that was at the top of its conference. If I am right, this will not be the only time Jasmine has done something I've never seen. I've also never seen a high school girl score 50 points in a game, like she did last season against Hephzibah.

Robinson averaged 27 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals last season at Richmond, which reached the second round of the state tournament.

Troy opens its regular season Friday, November 10, at home against Stillman.

Other news:

In an exhibition game, the Peach Belt Conference's Georgia Southwestern defeated Troy's men's team, which like the women won the Sun Belt Conference championship last season. RJ Sessions made 8 threes and scored 30 points to lead the Hurricanes to a surprising 88-87 road win.

Another Sun Belt team, Georgia Southern, fared much better against the Peach Belt's Georgia College. The Eagles topped the Bobcats 92-59. Ike Smith scored 23 points to lead the way.

Georgia Southern will visit Augusta University, also from the Peach Belt, Friday in Augusta.