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While the occasional Delaware high school basketball player earns a scholarship to a Division I university, a far greater number continue their careers on the Division III level. There are no athletic scholarships, no San Juan Shootout and little media exposure. But they are out there representing the First State. Here is a look at how they are doing.

(I will include those playing for Wesley College in a separate post.)

Alvernia College

Women’s basketball: Jenna Wolff, a freshman from St. Mark’s, is averaging 6.8 points per game for the Crusaders. She is 14-31 from the field (.452), 9-21 (.471) from three. Has appeared in six of seven games so far, starting two. Did not play in season opener. The team is 4-3.

Cabrini College

Men’s basketball: Vernon Robinson, 5-10 senior guard from William Penn, has appeared in five of eight games for the undefeated Cavaliers. He has played 28 minutes total and has scored four points. He has two rebounds.

Howard Blake III, a 6-1 junior guard from Sanford, has played a total of 13 minutes in three games. He is averaging 3.3 points per game and 1.3 rebounds.

Women’s basketball: Senior guard/forward Annie Rivutoso, from St. Mark’s, has started all eight of the team’s games and is averaging 25.1 minutes per. She is scoring 7.9 points per game and adds 5.5 rebounds. She is second on the team in steals. The Cavaliers are 7-1.

Elizabethtown College

Men’s basketball: 6-3 guard/forward Tyler Simpkiss, a junior from St. Thomas More Academy, has started three of the six games in which he has appeared for the Blue Jays. He is leading the team with an average of 16.5 points a night and has added 2.3 boards. He has a shooting percentage of .569, including .469 (15-32) from beyond the arc and has led the team in scoring for the last three games, including a 30-point effort vs. Widener on Dec. 4. Simpkiss’ closest trip to Delaware this season will be Feb. 12 at Widener.

Immaculata University

Men’s basketball: Roy Ferrell Jr., a freshman from Charter School of Wilmington, has played in all six of the Mighty Macs’ games, starting three. The 6-1 guard is scoring 6 points per game and adding 3.3 rebounds in 25 minutes a night for the 3-3 Mighty Macs.

Women’s basketball: Junior guard Samantha Bonvetti out of St. Mark’s, has appeared in two games for 6-1 Immaculata, scoring a total of six points. She returned to the basketball team this year after not playing last season.

Classmate Allison Zimny, also from St. Mark’s, has started all seven of the Mighty Macs’ games and is third on the team in scoring at 9.1 points a night. She also has hit 17 of 19 free-throw attempts. She plays 26 minutes per game.

Neumann University

Men’s basketball: DeShawn Lowman, 6-1 freshman guard from Concord, is averaging 11 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. He has played in all of the Knights’ contests, starting two. He is shooting .549 from the field and .455 from three-point range.

Ambrose Cousin, 6-4 sophomore forward from William Penn, has appeared in one game and has not scored.

Terrell Blackwell, 5-11 sophomore guard from Newark, has played in five games for the Knights, who are 4-3. He has played a total of nine minutes and has not scored.

Ron Taylor, 6-3 sophomore guard from Concord, is on the roster but has not played.

Stevenson University

Women’s basketball: Junior guard Sabrina Vaitkevicius, 5-8 out of William Penn, is back after missing her sophomore season because of injury. She has played in two games, averaging a point and two rebounds a game. Stevenson is 4-2.

Washington College

Men’s basketball: Sean Flanigan, 6-4 junior forward from St. Mark’s, has played in each of the 4-2 Shoremen’s games, starting one. He is scoring 6.8 points a game in nearly 23 minutes of action. He scored a season-high 17 points in a 104-99 win over Muhlenberg College on Nov. 23.

Widener University

Men’s basketball: Sardayah Sambo, a 6-3 freshman guard from Middletown, has played in all eight games for the Pride, who are 6-2. He is played nearly 16 minutes per night, scoring 5.5 points per game and chipping in with 2.6 rebounds. Defensively, he has seven steals, good for third on the team.

Women’s basketball: Paige Davis, 5-2 junior guard from St. Elizabeth, has appeared in three of the Pride’s seven contests. She has scored eight points and has one rebound in 17 total minutes.

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