Area Sports Briefs: Kaminsky signs; Rowan schedules game
Published 12:37 am Friday, July 3, 2015
From staff and wire reports
CHARLOTTE — First-round draft pick Frank Kaminsky has signed a contract with the Charlotte Hornets.
The team, which announced the signing Thursday, didn’t release terms of the deal.
The ninth overall pick in last month’s NBA draft, Kaminsky was the Big Ten Player of the Year, He averaged 18.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.5 blocks in 33.6 minutes per game as a senior at Wisconsin.
Kaminsky was a 54 percent field goal shooter who also shot 41 percent from 3-point range. He ranked second in the conference in rebounding, third in scoring, third in field goal percentage and seventh in 3-point percentage.
Duncan to return
SAN ANTONIO — Tim Duncan is returning to San Antonio for a 19th season.
Until Duncan made his announcement Thursday, there was speculation that he could call it a career after the Spurs lost to the Los Angeles Clippers in a thrilling seven-game series in the first round of the playoffs.
Many expected him to return, particularly since he was coming off such a strong season. Duncan averaged 13.9 points, 3.0 assists and 2.0 blocks and earned third team All-NBA and second team All-Defense honors.
Duncan turned 39 in April and accompanied the Spurs on a recruiting trip for star free agent LaMarcus Aldridge on Wednesday.
Duncan will likely not agree to terms on a new contract until the Spurs know if Aldridge will be coming to town to play beside him in the San Antonio frontcourt.
Thad Lowry pitched seven innings, but the Kannapolis Intimidators couldn’t erase an early deficit and fell the West Virginia Power 5-1 on Thursday.
The Intimidators scored their only run in the sixth inning. After Eddy Alvarez singled and stole second and third, Louie Lechich knocked in Alvarez with an infield single.
Carson won 10-0 against Mocksville in its last regular-season game on Thursday. Brycen Holshouser was the winning pitcher. Holshouser and Luke Barringer had three hits each. Cameron Prugh, Pearce Wilhelm and Logan Ridenhour had two hits apiece for the Cougars (19-8).
Carson opens the playoffs against West Forsyth on Saturday at 5 p.m. and plays at West Forsyth at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
In the TYGA Coastal Plains Junior Amateur in Greenville, Salisbury’s Christopher Queen shot a first-round 74 and is tied for fourth, five shots off the pace, in the 15-16 Flight.
East Rowan’s Ben Rollins shot 78 and is 15th.
Rowan County has scheduled a game for Friday at 7 p.m. at Newman Park against a non-league opponent.
Rowan County has a first-round bye in the Area III playoffs and is trying to stay sharp.
• Southern Rowan hosts Mocksville at 7 p.m. on Friday in the first game of a best-of-three series. Game 2 is set for Mocksville on Saturday at 2 p.m.
• Kannapolis opens a series against Winston-Salem on Friday at Mt. Tabor.