WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — On Thursday night our sports coverage featured the NBA Draft. The Charlotte Bobcats decided to keep the overall #2 pick. In a bit of a surprise the Bobcats selected Kentucky forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. On Thursday Wilmington swimmer Cari Blalock completed her week at the US Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska. The former New Hanover Wildcat didn’t make Team USA, but Blalock had a great week in the pool. Plus, we found out there’s an opening for an athletic director at West Columbus High School in Cerro Gordo. Click play video in order to see these stories and much more from our 11pm sports on Thursday.
Here at WWAY we’re extremely proud to announce the addition of Drew Combs to the 2012-2013 men’s basketball roster for the UNC Asheville Bulldogs. Combs recently graduated from Wilmington’s Ashley High School. Combs will be playing for former Wrightsville Beach resident Eddie Biedenbach in Asheville. Biedenbach will be entering his 17th season as the head coach at UNCA. http://www.uncabulldogs.com/SportSelect.dbml?SPSID=92366&SPID=11176&DB_OEM_ID=19200&KEY=&Q_SEASON=2012
WILMINGTON, NC (Sharks news release) — Three errors committed by the Wilmington Sharks (15-11) in the first inning gave the visiting Peninsula Pilots (11-15-1) an early 1-0 lead, but the hosts returned to Coastal Plain League action for the first time since Sunday at Petersburg with a 5-4, come from behind win.
Despite the trio of miscues behind him defensively in the first, plus another before he left the game in the fifth, starter Nick Price put together a solid effort on the mound over 5.2 innings. Price surrendered just two hits, and was charged with only one earned run out of four total. He walked five and struck out three in his fourth no-decision of the season, although Wilmington has won every game started by Price this season. A fifth error was also committed in the ninth inning.
Only one run scored in the top of the first for Peninsula, and the Sharks were able to bounce back easily with a tying run in the second on a Lloyd Enzor double that brought Scott Coleman home. The Pilots took another lead in the third at 2-1, and the score would remain there until the visitors added another pair in the sixth.
Alex Freedman, Jeff May, Brad Shaban and Casey Goss were the first four batters in the seventh inning for the Sharks, with all four reaching base and scoring to give the Sharks a 5-4 lead that Wes Hatley and Andrew Brockett would hold onto, despite Aaron Hoover getting the win in relief.
May and Coleman each turned in multi-hit nights, with both scoring a run and Coleman adding a pair of runs batted in on the go-ahead single in the seventh.
WILMINGTON,NC (UNCW sports relesase) -– With the National Basketball Association’s draft just hours away, UNCW’s Buzz Peterson finds himself on a unique list: He is one of 32 active NCAA Division I head basketball coaches that was selected in the NBA Draft.
The Cleveland Cavaliers tabbed Peterson in the seventh round of the 1985 draft. Peterson, who begins his third season with the Seahawks in 2012-13, will be watching closely when the selection show begins at 7 p.m. EST at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
According to Mike Douchant, author of the Encyclopedia of College Basketball and guru of the fact-based CollegeHoopedia.com, Peterson is one of three state coaches drafted following their collegiate careers. UNC Asheville’s Eddie Biedenbach was selected in the fourth round of the 1968 draft by the Los Angeles Lakers and N.C. State’s Mark Gottfried was chosen in the seventh round of the 1987 draft by the Detroit Pistons.
Overall, 11 active NCAA Division I head coaches were picked in the first or second round of the draft
NEW YORK, NY (courtesy NBA) —
NBA Draft 2012 First Round
1 New Orleans Anthony Davis C
2 Charlotte Michael Kidd-Gilchrist SF
3 Washington Bradley Beal SG
4 Cleveland Dion Waiters SG
5 Sacramento Thomas Robinson PF
6 Portland Damian Lillard PG
7 Golden State Harrison Barnes PF
8 Toronto Terrence Ross SG
9 Detroit Andre Drummond C
10 New Orleans Austin Rivers PG
11 Portland Meyers Leonard C
12 Houston Jeremy Lamb SG
13 Phoenix Kendall Marshall PG
14 Milwaukee John Henson PF
15 Philadelphia Moe Harkless SF
16 Houston Royce White SF
17 Dallas Tyler Zeller PF ** see below for info on Zeller trade
18 Houston Terrence Jones PF
19 Orlando Andrew Nicholson PF
20 Denver Evan Fournier SG
21 Boston Jared Sullinger PF
22 Boston Fab Melo PF
23 Atlanta John Jenkins SG
24 Cleveland Jared Cunningham SG
25 Memphis Tony Wroten PG
26 Indiana Miles Plumlee C
27 Miami Arnett Moultrie PF
28 Oklahoma City Perry Jones III PF
29 Chicago Marquis Teague PG
30 Golden State Festus Ezeli C
INDEPENDENCE, OH (AP) – The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired the rights to center Tyler Zeller from the Dallas Mavericks for the Nos. 24, 33 and 34 picks in the NBA draft.
The Mavericks selected the 7-foot Zeller from North Carolina with the 17th overall pick before shipping him to the Cavs. The deal must still be approved by the league before it’s official.
Zeller averaged 16.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks a game last season as a senior for the Tar Heels. He was the fourth North Carolina player selected in the first 17 picks on Thursday night.
The Cavs were desperate for some size up front, and needed someone to play in the middle after Anderson Varejao struggled guarding bigger players last season.
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