Getting Another Point

Arkansas head coach Stan Heath was at the National Junior College Tournament this week to take a look at three different point guards playing there.<br><br> Hawgs Illustrated's Dudley E. Dawson profiles those three guards.<br><br>

Tarrance Crump, PG, 6-1, 180, Shelton (Ala.) State

Crump, who played his high school basketball in Decatur, Ala., was the MVP of the Alabama Community College Conference this season.

He averaged 14.4 points and 6.8 assists , shot 49 percent from the field, 70 percent from the free throw line and 28 percent from the 3-point line.

Crump had 15 points and 9 assists on Friday as Shelton State whipped Northwest Mississippi 94-81 to advance to the seventh place game today at 1 p.m.

Shelton State lost that game 88-83 to the North Dakota State College of Science.

In his other NJCAA games this week:

- 20 points and 4 assists in 80-63 loss to Chipola on Tuesday

- 9 points and 5 assists in 77-76 win over Globe Institute on Thursday

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Jamaal Brown, PG, 5-10, College of Southern Idaho

A much traveled young man who graduated from Chicago Westinghouse back in 2002 after averaging 21 points and 5 assists.

He signed with UNC-Greensboro, but ended up at Utah Valley State JC for 2002-2003 where he averaged 15.1 points and 4.5 assists per game that season.

He played there for a year and then transferred to Dixie State CC - where he committed to Oklahoma State - but left there and went to take classes at Olive-Harvey (Il) CC.

He then went on to the College of Southern Idaho where he has played this season 18 points and 8 assists, shot 48 percent from the field, 38 percent from the 3-point line and 80 percent from the FT line.

USC, Illinois, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Gonzaga, UCONN, Purdue and Auburn are schools that have been mentioned with him before.

Rumor has it he and his coach might end up at USC as Tim Floyd is taking over.

He had 14 points and 6 assists in his team's first game at the national tournament - a 72-56 win over Northeastern Colorado.

Brown had 13 points and 5 assists in his team's 70-69 win over Midland on Thursday.

He scored five straight points before missing a shot near the buzzer that was tipped in by a teammate.

I couldn't find stats for Friday night's semifinals where Paris rallied past CSI 77-69 to get into the finals.

CSI plays for third place tonight at 6 p.m. against Chipola.

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Eddie Smith, PG, 6-1, 185, Moberly Area Community College

He's averaging 17.6 points, 6.5 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 3.5 steals, hitting 37 percent of his 3-point shots.

Smith was named the MVP of Region XVI.

He played his high school ball at Southeast High in Springfield, Ill. - acutally playing on the same team as Andre and Frank Iguodala when he was a junior and then against Andre when he transferred to Lanphier the next season.

There is a question of just how much time he has left on his eligibility clock.

He left an Illinois JC for family-related problems and then didn't enroll at Moberly until and year-and-a half later.

If the NCAA views his clock as having started in 2001-2002 and running continously, he would only have a year left - and that won't work for a scholarship in the SEC.

If he played any at the first school, he would only have one left.

If he has two years left, obviously he could go to an SEC school and be on scholarship. JacksonHog and I are digging for info on this.

He could go to the Big 12 and be on scholarship either way, which makes sense Missouri, Texas A&M and Colorado are among the teams he is interested in.

Smith hit a 12-foot buzzer beater with 0.6 seconds left in the NJCAA tournament this week in a 69-66 win over Northwest Mississippi on Tuesday.

NWM then threw the ball away and Moberly hit two free throws to seal the deal.

He had 11 points and 4 assists in a 73-65 win over Iowa Western on Wednesday.

He then busted out with a 28-point, 8-rebound, 4-assist effort in an 80-61 win over Chipola Friday night in the semifinals.


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