Nov. 28, 2011
HAMPTON, Va. - Pressed into a starting role with a team returning seven seniors, freshman point guard Anthony Shelton needs to make a quick transition to the college game.
He's doing it.
Shelton, less than year removed from the small high school gyms around Cary, N.C., was named as the CIAA's Rookie of the Week following his performance against traditional powerhouse Barton College last week.
Shelton showed considerable poise against Barton, shooting 60 percent from the field while being perfect from behind the 3-point line and at the foul line. Shelton's steady presence enabled the Broncos to stay in the game throughout the second half until the waning minutes. His 12 points were a career high.
Shelton, who ranks eighth in the CIAA in assists per game with 3.7, added three assists and a steal against the Bulldogs.
Just three games into his collegiate career, Shelton has played well for the Broncos (1-2), who travel to play rival UNC Pembroke at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night. Shelton is averaging 6.7 ppg this season to go with 2.0 rebounds per game, and he has not missed from the foul line, hitting all eight attempts to lead the CIAA in foul shooting percentage.
Leading a team that ranks among the top three in the CIAA in scoring, field goal percentage, assists, steals and 3-point percentage, Shelton is averaging 24.0 minutes per game, which ranks second on the team.