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The CI: Parks pair among national leaders
JCSU standouts atop Division II scorers, shooters
Published Thursday, January 10, 2013 9:00 am
by Herbert L. White

Johnson C. Smith senior guard Trevin Parks hasn’t lost his scoring touch.

Parks second in points per game for Division II according to the weekly rankings for games through Jan. 6.

After 12 games, Parks had scored 312 points for an average of 26 per game.

Last season, Parks was second in the nation with an average of 22.7. The season before, he averaged 21.3 and was named CIAA player of the year as well as Division II all-America.

Last week, Parks averaged 23.5 points per game against Lincoln (Pa.) and Bowie State. Going against national No. 3 scorer Byron Westmorland of Bowie State, Parks dropped 24 points compared to Westmoreland’s 14.

Tyshawn Patterson of North Greenville (S.C.) tops the nation with 27.4 points after nine games.

• JCSU forward Emilio Parks is also in the national rankings – third in field goal percentage by shooting 69 percent (78-113).
Emilio Parks, who isn’t related to Trevin Parks, is the Golden Bulls’ second leading scorer and top rebounder, averaging 15.7 points and 7.3 rebounds.

• Lincoln and Livingstone, perennial basketball have-nots, are now haves.

Both teams have been stellar so far this season, with Lincoln rolling along to a surprising 8-4, 1-2 in league play. Livingstone is really rolling at a robust 11-1 and 3-0 in the conference.

Can they keep the momentum during division play?

• Chowan linebacker T.J. Batchelor has been named National Christian College Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year, and offensive lineman Jobari Coleman-Wilson has been named to the first team ffense.

Batchelor, a junior, led the Hawks with 77 total tackles this season (45 solo, 32 assisted).  Batchelor also collected 12.5 sacks on the year, two pass break-ups, three forced fumbles, and nine quarterback hurries.  The Middlesex, N.C., native finished the year in the top three in the CIAA for sacks (12.5), and in the top 10 for tackles per game (7.7).

 Jobari Coleman-Wilson anchored an offensive line that collected 4,307 yards of offense in their most successful season since transitioning to a four year school in 1992.  The Hawks turned in a 6-4 overall record and 5-2 CIAA to cap off their first winning season since 1999 when the then-Braves posted a 5-4 mark.  Predicted to finish 5th in the CIAA North, the Hawks continued their rise in the conference with a 2nd place finish in the Northern Division.

The NCCAA is an association of Christina universities, colleges, and Bible colleges in the United States and Canada.  It was formed in 1968 to provide a Christian-based organization that functions uniquely as a national and international agency for the promotion of outreach and ministry, and for the maintenance, enhancement, and promotion of intercollegiate athletic competition with a Christian perspective. 


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