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Council earns USC Aiken weekly honor; Camden duo off to hot starts to season

Posted: December 13, 2011 2:05 p.m.
Updated: December 14, 2011 5:00 a.m.

CAMDEN’S STERLING COUNCIL is the leading scorer for the USC Aiken basketball team.

University of South Carolina Aiken men’s basketball player and Camden native Sterling Council was named the South Carolina Education Lottery USC Aiken Athletic Department Student-Athlete of the Week on Dec. 11, 2011.

Council has now won the weekly award twice in the 2011-12 season. He also won the award on Nov. 21, after averaging 15 points, 3.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game in USC Aiken’s first two games of the regular season.

The 6-foot, 170-pound senior guard concluded USC Aiken’s 31-point 98-67 win over Flagler at the Convocation Center on Saturday, Dec. 10 with a career-best 23 points.

Council shot 70 percent (7-for-10) from the floor in collecting the 23 points. He was 7-for-7 from the free throw line and 2-of-2 from beyond the arc. He also had four steals and three assists in the Pacer win.

Council is leading the Pacers in the 2011-12 season with 14.3 points per game.

A 2008 Camden High graduate, Council was a two-time all-state and three-time all-conference selection for Ron McKie’s Bulldogs. At the conclusion of his final high school campaign, he was chosen to play in the South Carolina vs. North Carolina High School All-Star Game which was played at Charlotte Bobcats Arena, now Time-Warner Cable Arena.


Council and Gary off and running:

Jay Council, a junior at Belmont Abbey College, and his former teammate and current redshirt sophomore at Francis Marion University, Evrik Gary, already have posted big games for their respective schools.

Council, a 6-foot-3 guard and the cousin of Sterling Council, is coming off a season-high 20 points in the Crusaders’ 95-91 loss to Johnson C. Smith. That came on the heels of a 19-point, 10-rebound effort in a win over North Greenville.

Belmont Abbey fell to 5-3 on the season with the loss to Johnson C. Smith.

Council is second on the Crusaders in scoring with a 17.5 per game average. He is second on the team in free throw percentage (.750), three-point shooting percentage (472) and rebounds (45.) His .513 mark from the field is third on the team. He also leads Belmont Abbey in averaging 27.8 minutes of playing time per game.

Gary, a 6-foot-3, 155-pound guard, has led the Patriots (5-3) in scoring four different times this year including a 27-point effort in a win over St. Andrews University.

A starter in all eight contests, Gary is tied for the team scoring lead, averaging 15.1 points per contest. He has also been perfect from the foul line this season, knocking down all 42 of his attempts from the charity stripe. He also leads the Patriots in minutes played, averaging 35.9 minutes of court time per game.

Gary is second among all FMU starters in shooting percentage (.423) and assists (23) while being tied for third in steals with eight.

Gary will face his former Camden High School teammate, Sterling Council, when USC Aiken comes to Florence for a 7:30 p.m. game on Wednesday, Jan. 4.

Two players who helped lead Camden High School to the 2008-09 AAA state basketball championship are enjoying strong starts to their respective college seasons.


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