COLLEGE POSTCARDS

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Leon Williams has come a long way since his early basketball days at Kenwood High in Baltimore County.

From Cardinal Gibbons in the tough Catholic League to Ohio University in the Mid-American Conference, the 6-foot-8, 245-pound power forward has had major impacts on two programs in three seasons.

He achieved All-Metro first-team honors from The Sun his senior year at Gibbons after transferring there his junior year, setting the stage for an improbable breakout freshman season this year at Ohio.

Williams leads the Bobcats in rebounding (8.8 average), is second in scoring (11.6), third in steals (14) and blocks (five) and is shooting 65.5 percent. His shooting is tops among the regulars and is even better than his free-throw percentage of 63.8.

"I'm not surprised [by instant success]; I'm just thankful I got the opportunity to do this and not sit the bench," Williams said. "I'm taking advantage of this opportunity."

The game Williams is most proud of this season came Dec. 18 against Duquesne when he was fighting foul trouble in the first half.

"I came back strong in the second half and finished with 13 points and 18 rebounds," he said of a 73-60 victory over the Dukes.

On Saturday, Ohio put together its most impressive victory of the season, an 80-54 rout of MAC rival Kent State. That win raised the Bobcats to 7-6 overall and 2-3 in the league.

Williams had 13 rebounds, six points and three steals, hitting the only two shots he took from the field.

"Most of my shots are from 6 feet or closer," he said. "But I'm working on my outside shot. I have a 15-foot jumper. I just need to shoot it more."

Another quick start

Siena freshman Jack McClinton (Calvert Hall) became a starter after seven games this season and has been on a tear since.

On Monday night, the 6-1 point guard scored 19 points in an 84-80 loss to Canisius in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game, raising his average to 10.6, second on the team.

He leads the squad in assists (39), is averaging 4.6 rebounds and has twice been MAAC Rookie of the Week.

Bengel hits 1,000

Jen Bengel (Roland Park) became only the eighth player in Gettysburg women's basketball history to reach 1,000 career points, scoring 17 last Thursday night in a 90-52 romp over Haverford.

Bengel leads the Centennial Conference in scoring (16.8).

Another former Roland Park player, Franklin & Marshall senior Lauren Dodrill, tops the Centennial in rebounding (12.8) and is 11th in scoring (12.6).

Lauer comes back strong

Highly regarded West Virginia senior wrestler Brandon Lauer (River Hill) has returned to the mat after taking a medical redshirt last season because of a shoulder injury, giving him two more years of eligibility.

Lauer is off to a 9-3 start at 141 pounds, registering four pins.

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