Former Southern star Desmond Lawrence has another chance to make it in the NFL. After getting waived by the Detroit Lions in May, Lawrence has been signed by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Lawrence was signed two weeks ago along with former Hillside and North Carolina player Greg Little. Both reportedly have looked good in training camp and in scrimmages at Cincinnati, which is looking for fill a vacancy at wide receiver.
Lawrence initially enrolled at East Carolina but transferred to N.C. A&T after two seasons, and led the team in receiving in his junior and senior year.
He was also a track star and became the only athlete in N.C. A&T’s history to earn All-American honors in both outdoor and indoor track and field. Lawrence set the Mid-Eastern Athletics Conference record in the 60 meters earlier this year, and owns MEAC titles in the 100 meters and 400 relay.
Little originally was drafted by the Cleveland Browns and led the team in receptions in 2011 but was released in 2014. Signed and released last year by Cincinnati, he was resigned by the Bengals on July 30.
Sky Miller wins medal in fencing
Durham native Sky Miller won a medal last month at the USA Fencing National Championships in San Jose, Calif. Sky finished seventh out of 86 competitors in the Youth 12 women’s saber event.
She is a member of the Mid-South Fencing Club in Durham. Owner and head coach Jen Oldham and Jeff Kallio have trained her for two-and-a-half years.
Sky is a rising eighth-grader at Emerson Waldorf School in Chapel Hill. She attends St. Titus’ Episcopal Church in Durham.
N.C. Central’s Parks inks a deal in Italy
Former N.C. Central star Jordan Parks is the latest Eagle to sign a professional basketball contract. Parks signed a two-year deal with Pallacanestro Trieste of Italy.
“It was a surreal moment, I didn’t really know how to act,” he said. “I’m super excited. I ‘ve always wanted to travel the world and now I can do it for free, and it’s part of my job, so I’m ready for that.”
Parks shot 66 percent from the field last season – third best in the NCAA. He averaged 15.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
“We connected from day one because of similar backgrounds, and I always told him this day would come,” coach LeVelle Moton said. “He exceeded the expectations of many this year. No one deserves this opportunity as much as Jordan, and I’m proud that he leaves with his degree as well as an opportunity to provide for his family.”
Red Sox honor Triplett
NCCU first baseman Christian Triplett accomplished a feat April 25 that no college baseball player had ever done previously – he knocked out two home runs over Fenway Park’s Green Monster.
The Eagles were playing conference opponent Florida A&M in the inaugural HBCU Legacy Weekend Celebration in Boston, Mass. Red Sox officials were in town last Wednesday to officially present Triplett with the game’s most valuable player award.
Triplett is also doing a bang-up job off the field. The accounting major has a 3.76 GPA and is a member of the Eagles’ honors program, a Chancellor’s Scholar and a Dean’s List honoree.
Hillside senior wide receiver Daeshawn Stephens has committed to N.C. State’s football program. The three-year starter caught 65 passes for 968 yards and seven touchdowns last season.