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Member of Sweet 16 Lady Cats Hits Hollywood

Lilburn, Georgia’s Watkins Gets Role In Summer Hit

 

Four women's basketball players in maroon and white uniforms stand with two actors on Georgia movie set.
“Former Georgia Northwestern student-athlete, Kenisha “Scooby” Watkins, number 13 in the photo, poses with three other teammates who were supporting cast members in the recently released movie, “Uncle Drew.” Sitting in the wheelchair in the front is former NBA star Nate Robinson. Standing behind Robinson is current NBA standout Kyrie Irving.”

(Gwinnett County, Georgia) – When professional basketball legends like Reggie Miller and Lisa Leslie follow your Instagram account, you know you’ve had some success. For former Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats guard Kenisha (Scooby) Watkins, that fame has come by way of a summer blockbuster.

Earning her way into a supporting role in the new movie, “Uncle Drew,” Watkins plays the role of a member of a women’s basketball team. This brush with fame brought the Lilburn, Georgia product face-to-face with former and current pro players like Miller, Leslie, Shaquille O’Neal, Nate Robinson, and five-time NBA All-Star, NBA World Champion, and the number one draft pick in 2011, Kyrie Irving.

“It wasn’t part of the movie or anything, but I got to play some one-on-one with Kyrie on the set,” said Watkins. “That was my favorite part of it all. And, getting to meet and joke around with the legends at the shoot.” The movie shoot took place in a small country town about a year ago. However, it has been six years since the 5-foot-3 guard was a bit of a local legend in Northwest Georgia hoops.

Watkins first made waves on the hardwood in high school. After helping her Berkmar (GA) High School Patriot teams make the GHSA State Playoffs her junior and senior seasons in 2010 and 2011, Watkins would really garner attention on the collegiate floor as one of the cast members of Georgia Northwestern’s first-ever qualifier for the NJCAA National Tournament. “That was a really special time in my life,” said Watkins of her freshman year with Georgia Northwestern. “I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

Huge shots from Watkins down the stretch of the 2012 NJCAA Region XVII Conference Championship would help punch the college’s historic trip to nationals. “She was a little pistol for us,” said former Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats Assistant Head Coach, Robbie Nash. “She really caught fire in that game. She hit a run of late three-pointers that really put it away for us.” The Lady Cats would see that historic 2011-12 campaign come to an end when they would run into NJCAA #6 Montgomery College-Rockville in a “Sweet 16” game just outside of Washington, D.C.

Two people playing basketball on a movie set in a parking lot.
“Dressed as the fictitious elderly basketball player “Uncle Drew,” NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving is seen here playing a quick game of one-on-one with former Georgia Northwestern student-athlete Kenisha “Scooby” Watkins.”

From playing for a collegiate Sweet 16 contender at Georgia Northwestern to lighting up the big screen, Watkins has always had a little “Hollywood” in her personality. “She would always tell the coaches that if her shoes look good, she’d play good,” said former Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats Assistant Coach Consuelo Saxton. “Scooby liked to dance around the locker room and bang on the lockers before each game. That’s how she hyped herself up.”

Now, 25, Watkins is still that charismatic small town Georgia girl. But now, while she is still working on her game, she is also working on a career in the dental industry. “I think I want to become a hygienist,” said Watkins. “It’s a new step in my life and I’m looking forward to all the greater things still to come.”

Close-up head shots of Kenisha Watkins and Shaquille O'Neal standing right next to each other.
“Former Georgia Northwestern student-athlete, Kenisha “Scooby” Watkins with NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal during a shoot for the recently released movie, “Uncle Drew.”

The movie, “Uncle Drew,” opened in theaters in North America on June 29. The film stars comedian Lil Rel Howery who plays Coach Dax. He coaches a street ball basketball team with hopes of winning the Rucker Classic Street Ball Tournament held in Harlem, New York. After a series of unfortunate setbacks, the coach loses his players and needs help. He then stumbles upon street ball legend, Uncle Drew. After convincing Drew (Kyrie Irving) to take to the court one final time, they hit the road to find all of Drew’s old teammates from the prime of his career.

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GNTC offers more than 200 programs online and on-campus. Campuses are located in Ringgold (Catoosa County Campus), Rome (Floyd County Campus), Calhoun (Gordon County Campus), Rockmart (Polk County Campus), Rock Spring (Walker County Campus), and Dalton (Whitfield Murray Campus).
Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 16,402 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,750 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 8,652 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

GNTC’s Fugh Sets All-Time Scoring Record

564c121e80c03-imageCongrats to Bobcat Basketball student-athlete Darrius Fugh for setting the college’s all-time scoring record this past weekend.
GNTC’s Fugh Sets All-Time Scoring Record

Seven basketball players receive GCAA honors

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On the eve of the GCAA Division III basketball tournament, seven Georgia Northwestern players have been recognized with All-Region honors.

Sophomore Ashley Farrell is one of four Lady Bobcats honored by the region. Farrell made the GCAA Division III first team after averaging 10.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and just under one assist and one steal per game.

Freshman Katy Phillips was picked for the second team after averaging 9.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals in the regular season. Phillips was also named to the five-player All-Defensive Team.

Two other freshman, Haley Blevins (8.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.8 steals) and Sprite Dyer (4.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.8 steals) were named as honorable mention selections.

West Georgia Tech’s Jacky Jones was named as the Player of the Year, while West Georgia Tech’s Kenny Edwards was named the Coach of the Year.

Three Bobcats were honored on the men’s side.

Freshman Darrius Fugh took first team honors after scoring 19.7 points and averaging 7.7 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.8 assists per game. He also shot 53 percent from the field – 49 percent from behind the 3-point arc – and 83 percent from the free throw line.

Sophomore Tyler Shropshire was picked for the second team after averaging 12 points a game to go with 3.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals a game.

Sophomore Dominic Powell (7.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.1 steals) was named as an honorable mention pick.

Southern Crescent Tech’s Dantavius Bega was named the Player of the Year, while Roderick Stubbs of Oxford College was named the Coach of the Year.

Farrell Named GCAA Player Of The Week

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Congrats to our own Ashley Farrell from Calhoun, Georgia. She was named the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for last week.
Ashley Farrell, a sophomore guard from Calhoun (Gordon Central HS), has been named the GCAA Division III Player of the Week for Dec. 2.
Farrell had 13 points, six rebounds, a block and a steal in a 61-46 home loss to the Bryan College junior varsity team on Nov. 23.
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Georgia Northwestern, GSD Grad Takes Education From Class, Court Back Home

Daughtry Putting Degree To Use At Georgia School For The Deaf

“In an action photo from a tournament her sophomore year at Georgia Northwestern, Daughtry drives to the basketball against Warren Wilson College (NC) in a two-day tournament in Nashville, Tennessee.”
“In an action photo from a tournament her sophomore year at Georgia Northwestern, Daughtry drives to the basketball against Warren Wilson College (NC) in a two-day tournament in Nashville, Tennessee.”

(Cave Spring, Georgia) – Four years after putting the Georgia School for the Deaf (GSD) on the basketball map, Brittney Daughtry has put herself back on the GSD campus. Her new goal is to give back in a way she knows how. She’s putting her collegiate training from Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) to work at the school which launched her career.

Daughtry, now 26-years-old, was the Mason-Dixie Tournament Most Valuable Player during her senior year of high school basketball at the Cave Spring institution. The annual roundball event pits the Schools for the Deaf from across the Southeast against one another. It would just be a short time later that Daughtry would become her high school’s first female to ever become a collegiate athletic signee.

“Brittney Daughtry with her Mason-Dixon Basketball Tournament Most Valuable Player Trophy in 2010. Daughtry was the Georgia School for the Deaf’s first-ever female student-athlete to sign a letter of intent with a college.”
“Brittney Daughtry with her Mason-Dixon Basketball Tournament Most Valuable Player Trophy in 2010. Daughtry was the Georgia School for the Deaf’s first-ever female student-athlete to sign a letter of intent with a college.”

“I love to work with kids,” said Daughtry in her GNTC signing day interview in August 2011. “I want to help them and watch them learn like all my teachers and coaches have done for me. It always makes me feel so proud.” To celebrate, the entire student body attended the event that day and waved pom-poms which shook so violently that the obvious silence was almost deafening.

Today, Daughtry is making her wish come true. She currently serves as a resident advisor at the GSD. “I work with the elementary school girls on campus,” said Daughtry. “I help teach more sign language, basic student life things, and whatever it takes to help them make it at GSD.”

The former Georgia Northwestern Lady Bobcat is currently considering colleges to pursue her next degree in Early Childhood Education. “I earned an associate degree in Early Childhood Care and Education from Georgia Northwestern,” said Daughtry. “Just thinking about my next step. I am really happy about the opportunity to bring whatever education I obtain back to the school that has done so much for me.”

This K-12 school in Cave Spring, Georgia has been in business for nearly 170 years. This is the first time a female student has signed to play a collegiate sport on any level. More than 30 years ago, the school saw its first-ever male student-athlete sign to play college basketball when GSD alum Willie Brown headed to Hofstra University.

Originally from Sylvania, Georgia, Daughtry will tell you how she didn’t have much interaction with other children early in life. “I started to lose my hearing when I was two,” said Daughtry. “A really bad fever started my hearing loss. When it was time to begin Kindergarten, we made the decision to attend GSD. I learned everything from sign language to the game I love. Both GSD and Georgia Northwestern have taught me so much.”

It’s a decision that shaped her education, career, and future, both on the court and in the classroom.

The Lady Cats Basketball program is based in Rossville, Georgia. Georgia Northwestern Intercollegiate Athletics competes within the NJCAA Division III and the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA). Application deadline for Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s summer semester is April 20. The last day to register for summer classes is May 4.

Heritage Gunner Looks To Score Big With Bobcats

On the front row, from left is Greg Scott, Christie Scott, Cameron Sherlin and Harley Sherlin. On the back row is Nick Scott, Jim Spurgeon, Carolyn Scott, Heritage head coach Kevin Terry and Cody Sherlin.
On the front row, from left is Greg Scott, Christie Scott, Cameron Sherlin and Harley Sherlin. On the back row is Nick Scott, Jim Spurgeon, Carolyn Scott, Heritage head coach Kevin Terry and Cody Sherlin.

(Catoosa County, Georgia) – When you are the younger brother of two recent northwest Georgia high school basketball standouts, you almost can’t help but have some of it rub off on you.
Heritage senior Cameron Sherlin is hoping use the knowledge gained from his siblings, along with the skills he’s honed on the floor with the Generals and on his own, to help the Georgia Northwestern Bobcats become region and national contenders.
Sherlin recently signed a letter of intent with the junior college Bobcats in front of a large crowd of family, friends, coaches and teammates at Heritage High School.
“This is just awesome,” Sherlin said. “I’m ready to play at Georgia Northwesten and I’ve been working hard so hopefully I can go over there and make a big impact on the team.”
During his time with the Generals, Sherlin made his mark as one the program’s all-time leading shooters and one of the area’s top long-range threats.
“He’s been a big part of our offense for the last three years,”
Heritage head coach Kevin Terry. “He’s a tremendous shooter with unbelievable range and he should be able to stretch the defense. If you don’t come out to guard him, he can make you pay.”
Sherlin finished with 693 career points, ranking him seventh all-time in Heritage history, while his 153 career 3-pointers tops the Generals’ record book. He finished his career shooting 33 percent from behind the arc.
“We sometimes forced him to take shots from some pretty deep spots on the floor and he still made one out of every three,” Terry said. “He’s a good shooter and I wish him nothing but the best. Hopefully he can be a key contributor for the Bobcats and help them improve.”
Bobcats head coach David Stephenson agreed.
“Cam is going to be a tremendous shooter for us,” he said. “We needed some shooters since we’re losing Tavish McReynolds, who is now out of eligibility. He can give us that deep threat from the outside.
“He’s also a tough kid that committed to us a long time ago. He has a family connection to the college so he’s very familiar with the campus and the program. We’re looking for very big things from him.”
Sherlin, the brother of former General Cody Sherlin and former Ringgold Tiger Nick Scott, said he is currently undecided on a major.
“They’ve taught me a lot throughout the years,” he added. “It’s good to have brothers that can do that for you.”

Cats Ink 6-5 Frazier

Among those on hand for the signing ceremony of Sammie Frazier (center) were Adairsville coaches Lee Whitaker, Ray Reece and Kent Howard, along with GNTC head coach David Stephenson.
Among those on hand for the signing ceremony of Sammie Frazier (center) were Adairsville coaches Lee Whitaker, Ray Reece and Kent Howard, along with GNTC head coach David Stephenson.

(Adairsville, GA) – Sammie Frazier may not say much, but the smile on his face Wednesday afternoon spoke volumes.
An ear-to-ear grin seemed to be permanently attached to the Adairsville senior’s face after he signed papers to continue his basketball career with Georgia Northwestern Technical College in a ceremony at the high school.

“It means a lot to me to have all my friends and family here to watch me sign to play in college,” he said. “It’s just good to see everybody smile.”

About the only person smiling more than Frazier was GNTC Bobcat coach David Stephenson, who was more than thrilled to pick up the 6-foot-5, 190-pound Tiger standout.

“This is a big pick-up for us,” he said. “To get a 6-5 kid that can run the floor is great and him being left-handed gives him a little bit of an advantage over most people he’ll be facing. He’s someone we can put in the four or five spot for sure, and after summer workouts we may be able to slide him in at the three depending on who we’re playing.”

Frazier said he was impressed with the coaches, staff and the campus at GNTC itself. He added that he would bring a lot of positives to the Bobcat program, on and off the court.

“I’ll bring length, ability, skill level, a great attitude and a winning attitude,” he said. “I just want to win. I know I need to work on some things, like footwork, speed and shot selection, but I take pride in my rebounding and my defense. I work hard at them.”

“He’s a low post player, but he also has pretty good mid-range on his shots,” Stephenson added. “One of the biggest things about him is that he can move his feet, which will pose match-up problems against some of the bigs we’ll play. He’s got to put on some weight, but that’s usually the case with most kids coming out of high school. He’s a good kid that’s been well-coached.”

Frazier averaged around 13 points, over 10 boards a night and more than three shots a contest this past season. He shot 57 percent from the floor and recorded 13 doubles-doubles. He had a season-high 23 rebounds and nine blocks in a late-season win over Coahulla Creek on Feb. 8.

“He’s one of the most improved kids I’ve ever coached, from his freshman year to his senior year,” said Adairsville coach Kent Howard. “He’s gone from a freshman that could barely run the floor, although he had great hands, to a senior that was one of the top rebounders in all of Class AAA. He’s can also handle the ball and guard away from the basket, but he can play with his back to the basket and he’s consistent.

“He’s also a high character kid. He’s a great practice player and a great kid to have in the locker room. He loves his teammates and wants to win. He has a tremendous upside. I think he will just continue to get better because he knows how to play and how to compete. I’m excited for him. He’ll have a great future playing for Coach Stephenson.”

Frazier said he is undecided on a major, but is considering psychology.

Gordon Lee’s McAllister Signs With GNTC Hoops

Incoming freshman hits hardwood this fall

Tony and Missie McAllister were among those hand at Gordon Lee last Thursday to watch their son Garret sign a letter of intent to play basketball at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Also present for the ceremony were GNTC head coach David Stephenson, Gordon Lee assistant Brad Gray and Gordon Lee head coach Ed Clendenen
Tony and Missie McAllister were among those hand at Gordon Lee last Thursday to watch their son Garret sign a letter of intent to play basketball at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Also present for the ceremony were GNTC head coach David Stephenson, Gordon Lee assistant Brad Gray and Gordon Lee head coach Ed Clendenen

(Chickamauga, GA) – After a senior season where he earned All-Region status in football, Gordon Lee’s Garret McAllister was leaning toward continuing his gridiron career in the college ranks.
But when his first love came calling, McAllister simply couldn’t say no.
The senior has opted for basketball as his sport of choice at the next level, signing a letter of intent on Thursday to join nearby Georgia Northwestern Technical College.
“I love football,” said McAllister, who had considered a handful of schools, “but basketball is my favorite sport and I’m happy I found some place where I can keep playing basketball.”
McAllister said he also considered not playing sports at all when he got the call from Bobcats head coach David Stephenson. “I couldn’t find anywhere to play basketball, so I thought about just going to go to school and being a regular college student,” he explained. “But Coach (Stephenson) called me one day and asked me to come and talk to him. So I did and everything just worked out.”
McAllister had an award-filled senior year for the Trojans, leading the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game, shooting 36 percent from behind the 3-point line and 68 percent from the charity stripe, while adding 5.7 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.7 steals a night.
He was named to the All-Region 6-A squad by the region’s coaches and as a Class A All-State honorable mention by the Georgia Sports Writers Association.
“He had been talking to some football people, but his passion was basketball and from a money standpoint, (GNTC) will be a lot cheaper than any school he was looking at for football,” Stephenson said. “I think we got a steal here. He’s a guy that can play the 1 or 2 spot for us, and we like getting guys that have played football because they are more used to the contact they will have to adjust to in college.
“Plus, he’s got good character, good grades and he comes from a good family, and if you get a kid out of Gordon Lee’s program, you know they are coming with good, sound fundamentals. It makes our job a lot easier when the kids have the basics down.”
Gordon Lee’s Ed Clendenen said he wasn’t surprised that his point guard finally chose basketball.
“I think he enjoyed playing football, but his first love was basketball,” Clendenen said. “I’m proud that he will get to play some more at the next level. He’s multi-talented and one of best rebounding guards I’ve ever coached. He can play the point, but he shoots it well enough to play the 2, and if they want to go small, he could even play the 3. He’ll be a good addition for Georgia Northwestern and a valuable addition to their recruiting class.”
The Trojans played in arguably the toughest Class A region in the state and Clendenen said that type of competition will only help McAllister down the road.
“He wasn’t exactly held back from playing against top-level players, that’s for sure,” the coach continued. “He’ll be ready to play the competition he’ll face (in college) because he’s gone up against even (NCAA) Division I talent in high school. I think he’ll make an immediate impact and he can be a great leader for them. I’m looking forward to watching him play some more.”
McAllister added that he chose GNTC for its proximity to home and that he credits Clendenen for helping prepare him for the college game.
“Coach (Clendenen) always pushed us and tried to get the point across that we had to mature as players,” he said. “That really helped me get to the next level and know that basketball is what I wanted to keeping doing with my life.”
McAllister said he considering Criminal Justice as a major.

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