Heismanpundit.com has named UH quarterback Bryant Moniz as one of 22 players on its 2011 Heisman Trophy watch list.
Here’s the link: Moniz.
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It is fitting that UH’s Circle of Honor, whose plaques encircle the interior of the Stan Sheriff Center, finally extended memberships to two of the building’s brightest stars — volleyball’s Yuval Katz and basketball’s Anthony Carter.
In particular, it was appropriate acknowledgement of what Carter meant to the school and, in turn, what the school meant to Carter.
During his playing career, UH tried to market Carter and Alika Smith as a basketball dynamic duo. While Smith was a very good player — especially on left-handed jumpers off screens on the wing, and as a crafty defender — Carter was a great player who made others better. Carter helped workmanlike players like Micah Kroeger and Eric Ambrozich become offensive threats. In a WAC era that included several future NBA players, Carter was the quickest from end line to end line. With a vertical jump that topped 40 inches, he also was the recipient of many alley-oop passes, mostly delivered by Smith. Toughness? Carter played his senior season virtually one-armed after suffering a subluxed left shoulder. Often during games, he would go to the sideline so trainer Jayson Goo could pop back the shoulder joint.
A few years before joining UH, Carter was a high school dropout. Through the help of mentor Llew Haden, who ran a nightly basketball program for youths in the Atlanta area, Carter earned his GED, attended Saddleback Community College in California, and then earned an associate’s degree. At Haden’s insistence, Carter donated $100,000 (from his early NBA contracts) to UH’s scholarship fund. It probably was his most meaningful UH assist.
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After training for more than a month at the famed Athletes’ Performance in Carson, Calif., former UH running back Alex Green leaves today for Indianapolis, where he will participate in the NFL Scouting Combine.
Green said he will participate in all of the workouts, with an emphasis on the 40-yard dash. How fast does he project to run it? “We’ll find out,” Green said.
After the combine, Green will spend two weeks at his family’s home in Portland, then return to Carson to train for UH’s Pro Day on March 31. That event also will be held in Carson.