Friday, December 23, 2011

Taylor, Tate, Thompson going strong at the college level

Photo courtesy of Seattle University Athletics
Hobbs graduate and Seattle University junior Allen Tate goes up for a shot.
  I really mean to do this more and I think I'll make it a regular thing with my blog, but I like to try and keep up with how former Eagle basketball players (and any Lea County athletes in general, for that matter) are doing at the college ranks.
  There are three players off of the Eagles' 2008 state championship team still going strong at the college level – Jeffery Taylor (Vanderbilt), Allen Tate (Seattle University) and Juhreece Thompson (Trinidad State Junior College).
  The 6-foot-7, 225-pound Taylor is second on his team in scoring at 17.9 points per game (fourth in the Southeastern Conference) while averaging 5.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Taylor, a senior, leads the team with 21 steals and is second on the team with seven blocks as the Commodores are 8-4 to start the season. Taylor is starting to assert himself more, which should only help his draft stock when the NBA Draft comes around in June.
  The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Tate, a junior, has started nine of Seattle's 10 games this season and is averaging 3.8 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in his first season with the Redhawks after two years at Lamar Community College. He's second on the team with 10 steals as the Redhawks are 2-8 on the season as Tate is adjusting to the Division-I level.
  The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Thompson, a sophomore, has really hit his stride at Trinidad State as he's averaging 10.5 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 steals per contest as the team is off to a 4-8 start.
  I know there are several Lea County athletes on the NMJC golf team to go along with Hobbs graduate Mallet Reid diving for the University of Evansville (he just won MAC Swimmer of the Week honors). If you have any other leads on Lea County graduates playing sports in college so I can post them on this blog and get them in the paper, please feel free to email me at