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WWAY's Tuesday night sports - June 4; Rendleman explores pro basketball options

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Keith Rendleman is now a UNCW graduate. In fact he graduated on time last moth. "My student advisor stayed on me and my coaches. It looks like it's paying off for me," Rendleman told WWAY. It was not a good four years though as far as wins and losses for the Seahawks during Keith's time on the court, but it was a great four years for Keith individually. He's fourth all-time in the history of the school as far as points.. He's #1 a UNCW all-time for blocked shots and rebounds. Keith will be working out for the Atlanta Hawks this week. That's just one of several NBA teams he'll be visiting. "My agent is sending me places to work out," Rendleman said. "I was just in New York working with a couple draft prospects. I'm trying to get moved around as much as I can to show people what I can do to get the best opportunities I can get."

If the NBA does not pan out for Rendleman the fall back plan is professional basketball in Europe. Rendleman was born in England. With that comes extra benefits. "Whenever I want to play for the bigger teams in Italy and Spain & Germany, instead of me counting as an American, I would count as a European over there. That also helps me out money wise for me at the top level."

Here's more information on Keith Rendleman, courtesy UNCW

WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Former UNCW men's basketball standout Keith Rendleman doesn't yet know where he'll continue his hoops career next season. He only knows for certain that it will be on the professional level.

The 6-8 Rendleman, who collected an array of postseason honors this past year with the Seahawks, signed recently with agent Sean Kennedy of Excel Sports Management and has been participating in several workouts over the last several weeks.

He just returned from his second trip to New York, where he worked out for 20 NBA teams, including the Brooklyn Nets, on Long Island. As part of his barnstorming tour, Rendleman heads to Atlanta this week to show the Hawks what he can do.

"I've been trying to get some exposure, work on my game and improve in some areas," said the beefed-up 230-pound Rendleman, who appeared in 123 games for the Seahawks over the last four seasons. "They want to see me continue to make progress with my jump shot, get my handles down and be able to take the ball off the dribble."

The Iron Station, N.C., hoopster went up against inside prospects Mike Muscala (Bucknell) and Anthony Bennett (UNLV) during the New York workouts and has also become close friends with highly-regarded guards Reggie Bullock (UNC Chapel Hill) and C.J. McCollum (Lehigh) as the group tries to position itself for the NBA's upcoming draft on June 27.

"It's been a great experience for me," Rendleman said during a stopover in Wilmington. "I'm hoping to get noticed by some teams and they will talk about me to other teams. It's all about preparation and possibly getting drafted."

Excel represents a myriad of NBA players, including Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves), Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics), Blake Griffin (L.A. Clippers) and Tyler Hansbrough (Indiana Pacers) of the NBA. Excel also has Major League Baseball stars Derek Jeter (N.Y. Yankees), Lance Lynn (St. Louis Cardinals), Jason Heyward (Atlanta Braves) and Tyler Clippard (Washington Nationals) under contract. Golfers Matt Kuchar, Tiger Woods and Cheyenne Woods are clients as well.

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WILSON, NC (SHARKS) -- The Wilmington Sharks came up just short on the road Tuesday night against the Wilson Tobs 3-2. The game was dominated by great pitching and defense from both squads.

The Sharks struck first as Dylan Bosheers led off the inning with a double. He eventually scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Andrew Amaro to give the Sharks a 1-0 advantage.

The Tobs picked up three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on four hits to take a 3-1 lead. The Sharks had the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. A double play with no outs allowed Andrew Amaro to score to put the game at 3-2. Alex Freedman hit a line drive right at the Tobs left fielder to end the game.

Travis Connolly threw five innings for the Sharks striking out five Wilson Tob batters. Alex Freedman picked up his eighth hit of the year for the Sharks.

With the loss the Sharks move to 3-3 on the year and will go on the road Wednesday to take on the Fayetteville SwampDogs with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. The Sharks return home on Thursday.
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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- The UNCW women's soccer program will tackle an 18-game slate, including seven home contests, nine road matches and two neutral site matchups, during the 2013 season, veteran Head Coach Paul Cairney has announced.

The Seahawks will open the campaign with a six-game road swing that gets under way Aug. 23 at Southeastern Conference foe South Carolina and also features road matchups with UNC Charlotte (Aug. 25), East Carolina (Sept. 6) and N.C. State (Sept. 8) as well as a pair of neutral-site contests versus Western Carolina (Aug. 30) and UNCG (Sept. 1) in a tournament hosted by ECU.

Cairney's club makes its home debut Sept. 13 with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the UNCW Courtyard Marriott Wilmington Invitational. UNCW will also face Longwood (Sept. 15) during the two-day event at the UNCW Soccer Stadium that also includes future Colonial Athletic Association member Elon.

A home contest against Coastal Carolina (Sept. 19) and a visit to Francis Marion (Sept. 22) brings the non-conference schedule to a close.

The Seahawks open CAA action with a road test on Sept. 27 against defending CAA champion Hofstra, which defeated UNCW in double overtime last November in Williamsburg, Va. A trip to Northeastern on Sept. 29 wraps up September.

October has the Seahawks playing four of their final six regular season contests in the Port City as they open the month with home matchups against Towson (Oct. 4) and College of Charleston (Oct. 11) before taking to the road for games versus James Madison (Oct. 18) and defending CAA regular season champion William & Mary (Oct. 20). The regular season ends with home matchups versus Drexel (Oct. 25) and Delaware (Oct. 27) during the final weekend of October.

The 2013 CAA Women's Soccer Championship will once again be a six-team event that begins Nov. 3 with first-round contests at campus sites. The winners of the two first-round contests will join the top two seeds for the semifinals (Nov. 8) and championship (Nov. 10) at the home of the regular-season champion.

UNCW has a pair of preseason exhibitions lined up before embarking on the regular season ledger. The Seahawks will face Campbell at home on Aug. 12 and travels to Elon on Aug. 17.

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