Former Rock Hill High School standout Thomas Douglas is off to a quick start this season for Cumberland's basketball team.
The 6-foot, 175-pound Douglas leads the Bulldogs with a scoring average of 14.3 points per game. He had a season-high 29 in a recent 82-73 victory over Oakwood.
Douglas, who started his college career at Cleveland State (Tenn.) Community College, is in his second year at NAIA Cumberland. Douglas, a junior, averaged 14.2 points and almost 2.0 assists a game last season.
• CHARLESTON SOUTHERN: Fort Mill High left-hander Charlie McCready has signed a national letter-of-intent to play for the Buccaneers.
The 5-10, 165-pound McCready is a senior at Fort Mill and has been a member of the Yellow Jackets since his sophomore year. Last season, McCready was 6-3 with 50 strikeouts and only 10 walks in 50 innings. He had a 2.22 ERA and was a member of the All-Region 3-AAAA team.
McCready, the son of Stu and Jane McCready, is one of three prospects to pick the Buccaneers during the early signing period. Infielder-outfield Patrick Dolan of Summerville and left-handed pitcher Tim Flight from Portsmouth, R.I., will also join coach Jason Murray's program in fall 2008.
• CLEMSON: Two former Tigers have been named to staff positions in professional baseball for 2008.
Ex-outfielder Billy McMillon will be the batting coach for the Greenville Drive. McMillon played for the Charlotte Knights (1996-97) and set the single-season batting record with .352 in '96.
Former infielder Tim Teufel has been named the manager of the New York Mets' St. Lucie entry.
• COASTAL CAROLINA: Chanticleers senior outfielder Tommy Baldridge, who played at Fort Mill, has been named to the preseason 2008 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award Watch List.
A year ago, the 6-1, 200-pound, left-handed Baldridge led the Chanticleers with a .383 average to go along with 92 hits, 15 doubles, three triples, 13 homers and 58 RBIs. He was fourth in the Big South Conference batting race, named to the All-BSC team and was chosen the MVP of the BSC tournament.
• NORTH CAROLINA: Former York Comprehensive High and Tar Heels standout Ivory Latta has been spending recent weeks overseas, honing her court skills in the Israeli League.
Latta is playing for Elizur Holon and is averaging 20.9 points and 4.5 assists a game while playing 35.6 minutes an outing.
She has just gotten back into action after suffering an ankle injury and will also be headed home for a couple of weeks for the holidays.
The 5-6 Latta spent the past season playing for the WNBA's Detroit Shock. The 11th pick in last year's draft, Latta appeared in all 31 games for coach Bill Laimbeer's team, averaging 3.0 points and 0.6 assists a game.