Standout Ram excited about possible call to the NBA - Mike Whitson, San Angelo Stanedard Times
Five months ago, LaMarshall Corbett feared his lifelong journey to play in the NBA had come to a dead end.
Suspended from the Angelo State University basketball team for alleged theft just 13 games into his much-anticipated senior campaign, the all-America guard wondered if his lofty hoop dreams would ever become a reality.
But Thursday night, the 6-foot-3, 170-pound Corbett will be watching the 2011 NBA draft closely from his North Carolina home, with a still "realistic" chance of hearing his name announced.
An already uphill battle to make it to the pros — which went through junior college and Division II ASU — suddenly became an even more arduous road with the suspension.
"At that point, I felt like it might not happen," Corbett said. "But (ASU head basketball) coach (Fred) Rike talked to me a lot. He talked to my father and my mother, and told me to keep my head up."
UCO baseball player signs with independent league - UCO Sports
Former Central Oklahoma pitcher Jordan Stern has signed a professional contract with the Lincoln (Neb.) Saltdogs of the American Association, considered the leading independent professional league in the country.
A 6-foot-6 right-hander from Plano, Texas, Stern was a workhorse on the mound for the Bronchos in 2011. He finished 5-4 with a solid 3.78 earned run average while leading the team in starts (12), complete games (five), innings pitched (78 2/3) and strikeouts (80).
“Jordan was probably the best pitcher in our league down the stretch,” UCO coach Dax Leone said. “He has an unbelievable work ethic and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him continue to develop with the Saltdogs and become a mainstay in their rotation.
“He had a lot of interest from Major League scouts this year and this opportunity with Lincoln will put him a great position to possibly get picked up in the future.”
The Saltdogs, one of 14 teams in the American Association, are currently 17-18. The season runs through Aug. 30, with the three division winners and one wild card team advancing to the playoffs.
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