Former Incarnate Word Academy girls’ basketball star Napheesa Collier is going back to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament once again with her UConn Huskies.
Collier has been a major part in UConn’s dominant 36-0 season, which resumes this weekend in Columbus, Ohio when the Huskies take on Notre Dame in the national semifinals on Sunday.
Collier had 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists in the Huskies’ 94-65 victory over South Carolina in the East Regional finals in Albany, New York on Monday night. She added 16 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in a 72-59 victory over Duke in the regional semifinals.
For the season, Collier is averaging 15.9 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 58 percent from the field with 120 assists, 59 steals and 63 blocked shots. Collier was a McDonald’s All-American in high school after leading Incarnate Word to three consecutive Class 4 state championships in 2013, ’14 and ’15.
St. Louisans shine in NCAAs
Former Hazelwood Central standout Xavier Sneed of Kansas State turned in a series of strong performances in leading the Wildcats to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. The 6’6” Sneed was huge in Kansas State’s victory over Kentucky in the Sweet 16 with a game-high 22 points, nine rebounds and five 3-pointers. Sneed also had 16 points, six rebounds and four 3-pointers in the Wildcats’ loss to Loyola of Chicago in the South Regional finals in Atlanta. Sneed also came up with several big plays down the stretch in the Wildcats’ victory over UMBC in the second round, including a highlight reel tip-dunk to seal the victory for Kansas State.
Former Jennings standout Courtney Stockard of St. Bonaventure was outstanding in the Bonnies’ two NCAA games. The 6’6” Stockard scored 26 points and grabbed four rebounds in St. Bonaventure’s 65-58 victory over UCLA in the First Four game in Dayton, Ohio. He followed up with 14 points and six rebounds in the Bonnies’ loss to Florida in a second-round game. Stockard averaged more than 20 points during the last month of the season as the Bonnies’ made a strong late-season surge to make the NCAA Tournament.
Big Doings at Trinity
There were some major happenings coming out of the powerhouse prep football program at Trinity Catholic. Standout quarterback Isaiah Williams gave a verbal commitment to the University of Illinois. Williams is one of the nation’s top prospects in the Class of 2019 and one of the many talented players in the Trinity program. As a junior, Williams passed for 1,898 yards and 29 touchdowns to lead the Titans to a 10-1 record.
The other big news is that Trinity has tabbed Terrence Curry as its new head coach. Curry was a former prep standout at Kirkwood in the late 1990’s who went on to have a standout collegiate career at the University of Missouri. Curry replaces Cory Patterson, who left his post at Trinity to become an assistant coach at Illinois on Lovie Smith’s staff.
JP shines at Lamar
Former Parkway North girls basketball standout Jadyn Pimentel enjoyed an excellent freshman season at Lamar University. The 5’3” point guard was selected the Freshman of the Year in the Southland Conference after helping Lamar to the regular season league championship. Pimentel averaged seven points a game while leading the Southland Conference in assists, steals and assist-to-turnover ratio. Pimentel was one of the most exciting players in the St. Louis metro area throughout her career at Parkway North.
Cameron Comes Home
As a sophomore in 2016-17, Cameron Coleman played a big role in Vianney’s drive to the Class 5 state championship in football. After that great sophomore year, Coleman ventured to Florida to play his junior season at IMG Academy. Coleman will be returning to St. Louis for his senior season, where he will be attending Cardinal Ritter. Coleman is one of the state’s top prospects in the Class of 2019. As a sophomore at Vianney, Coleman had 68 receptions for 866 yards, rushed for 347 yards and scored 16 touchdowns. Coleman is expected to team with fellow 2019 standout Jameson Williams to form one of the top receiving tandems in the state at Cardinal Ritter.