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ALUMNI HOOPS NOTEBOOK: Fields, Hall off to good starts; many others simply hoping to play


Catching up with some former Cape May County high school basketball players now competing at the college level:


Caleb Fields (junior-Bowling Green men’s basketball-WCA) is averaging 10.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists through seven games for the Falcons. He leads the team in both overall field-goal percentage (52.9 percent) and three-point shooting percentage (48.5 percent) and is second on the team in minutes per game (31.3). Fields posted 13 points, five assists and three rebounds in Bowling Green’s most recent game, an 85-65 victory over Robert Morris. The Falcons (5-2) are next in action Wednesday afternoon at Ohio and are scheduled to play at Northern Illinois on Saturday. …


Jordan Hall (freshman-St. Joseph’s men’s basketball-Cape May County native) scored a career-high 17 points to go with six rebounds, six assists and two steals in a recent 88-68 loss to Villanova, one of the top teams in the country. Hall has started all five games so far this season for the Hawks and is averaging 7.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and a team-best 4.0 assists. He also leads the team in steals with six. Hall finished his high school career at Neumann-Goretti of the Philadelphia Catholic League after playing at Middle Township High School as a freshman. St. Joe’s (0-5) is next in action Wednesday afternoon at home against VCU. …


Taj Thweatt (freshman-West Virginia men’s basketball-WCA) has seen action in four games for the Mountaineers (8-2), who are ranked ninth in the country in the latest AP men’s basketball poll. He scored his first two college points on a dunk in the late stages of an 87-71 win over No. 19 Richmond on Dec. 13. On Tuesday, Thweatt went scoreless but contributed three rebounds, three assists and a steal in a 73-51 win over Northeastern. West Virginia is next in action Saturday at Oklahoma. Thweatt led Wildwood Catholic in scoring (17.9 points), rebounds (9.7) and blocks (1.7) last season, leading the Crusaders to their third straight CAL title and the South Jersey Non-Public B championship. … 


Gabby Turco (freshman-St. Anselm women’s basketball-WCA) led all scorers with 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting to lead the Blue team over the White team in a recent intrasquad scrimmage. St. Anselm has yet to formally announce its plans for the season but its conference, the Division II Northeast-10, recently announced that it has canceled its formal regular season and conference tournament. Turco averaged 15.9 points and 7.4 rebounds for Wildwood Catholic as a senior last winter. …


Jahlil White (freshman-Temple men’s basketball-WCA) is expected to take a medical redshirt after suffering a knee injury during preseason practice. He had surgery for a left meniscus tear in early November. Temple (1-1) is set to host SMU Wednesday afternoon. White averaged 16.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.4 steals per game last season for three-time CAL champ Wildwood Catholic. …

The following players from the area hail from college programs that have either not yet played or have yet to announce their competition plans for the current season:Ryan Legler (senior-Rowan men’s basketball-WCA), Mackenzie McCracken (senior-Widener women’s basketball-WHS), Dej’hanee McNeal (senior-Alvernia women’s basketball-LCMR), Lauren Moretti (senior-Delaware Valley women’s basketball-WCHS), Patrick Holden (junior-Widener men’s basketball-LCMR), Kyion Flanders (junior-Stockton men’s basketball-WHS) Olivia Levin (junior-Washington College women’s basketball-LCMR), Will Long (sophomore-Widener men’s basketball-WHS), Maddie McCracken (sophomore-Stockton women’s basketball-WHS), Jake McGonigle (sophomore-Holy Family men’s basketball-WCA), Jacob Hopping (freshman-The College of New Jersey men’s basketball-WCA) and Josh Wright (freshman-Rowan men’s basketball-CMT).