HCC's Branham, Tabron choose Division I schools

March 07, 2001

HCC's Branham, Tabron choose Division I schools

Guards have long been the featured players for the Hagerstown Community College basketball team.

Now, they are branching out to other programs.

Two of HCC's featured players plan to be featured somewhere else after making verbal commitments to NCAA Division I four-year schools on Tuesday. Point guard Eric Branham has chosen to play for Virginia Tech next year while shooting guard Corey Tabron will be headed to American University.

The pair, two of HCC's top scorers this season, have led the Hawks to a 27-5 record and a berth in this weekend's NJCAA Northeast District III playoffs at Allegany College.

Branham made good on his desire to sign with a Big East Conference school. But the Hokies (8-19, 2-14) finished last in the East Division of the league and failed to qualify for this week's Big East tournament in New York.


Branham is leading HCC with 15.5 points and 5.5 assists per game. He has an ability to take over games when needed.

Tabron is a 3-point shooting specialist who has shown flashes of brilliance, especially during last weekend's Region XX tournament. He scored 19 points for the Hawks in a do-or-die game against Garrett Community College in the semifinals. He is averaging 12.8 points per game and has hit a team-high 69 3-pointers this season.

American, in Washington, is coached by former Virginia coach Jeff Jones. It finished last in the nine-team Colonial Athletic Association. American will move to the Patriot League next season.

Branham and Tabron will formally sign letters-of-intent with their schools from April 7-15, during college basketball's national signing period.

Shepherd's Parkman gets all-region nod

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Antar Parkman is going out with a bang ... for a second time.

Shepherd College's senior guard was named to the 2001 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-East Region team Tuesday as one of four players honored from the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Parkman was selected to the second team for the second consecutive year. The team is chosen by sports information directors in the eastern region. He was also selected to the All-WVIAC first team.

Parkman led Shepherd in scoring with 19.7 points and rebounding with 9.3 boards per game. He finished his career at Shepherd as the school's 10th all-time leading scorer with 1,624 points and 10th in rebounding with 609.

The first team consists of Colin Ducharme and Jason Pryor of Longwood, Edinboro's Kenny Tate, Salem International's Ed Jenkins and Seth Martin from California (Pa.).

Nem Sovic of Pfeiffer (N.C.), J.R. Gamble from Queens (N.C.), Kalan Smith from Charleston (W.Va.) and Michael Jebbia from West Liberty join Parkman on the second team.

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