VYPE Houston Region
VYPE U -- See What Vypers are Doing In College
January 12, 2012By Matt Malatesta of VYPE MAGAZINE - Central Houston
Over the past four years, VYPE has featured hundreds of stars who have taken their games to the college level. In our VYPE-U section, we feature a few of our favorites who are performing nicely in their respective college sports.
D’Angelo Harrison (St. John’s): From Dulles High School to the Big East, D’Angelo Harrison is off to a fast start for coach Steve Lavin at St. John’s. The 6-foot-3 guard has scored in double-figures on 12 occasions this season while scoring 20-plus points four times including a 24-point outing against nationally-ranked Louisville. Known for his ability to hit the long-range shots while possessing the strength to take the ball to the rim, Harrison is quickly proving to be one of the more confident freshmen in the talent-rich Big East. As a two-time all-state, all-region and all-district selection and a two-time Fort Bend Player of the Year, Harrison is primed to continue his hot start for the Red Storm.
John Simms (Rice): As one of three former College Park standouts currently on the Rice baseball roster, John Simms is primed for a successful sophomore campaign after being named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team in 2011. As the first Owl freshman to start on the mound on Opening Day since 2005, Simms finished fourth on the team in ERA (3.32) and innings pitched while totaling 63 strikeouts in 62.1 innings of work. The 6-foot-3 right-handed pitcher picked up his first collegiate win against fifth-ranked Texas A&M after he tossed a career-long 7.2 innings while fanning a career-high 11 batters. After an impressive stint in summer ball, Simms will work his way into the front of the Owls’ rotation or the backend of the bullpen for the 2012 season.
Brittney Griner (Baylor): While she was often known as the, ‘YouTube’ girl at Nimitz, Brittney Griner is now known as the girl who is revolutionizing the game of basketball after her first two seasons at Baylor. Just a junior, Griner is a two-time all-American honoree and is the consensus front-runner for the National Player of the Year this season. Surrounded by a plethora of talent, Griner and the top-ranked Lady Bears are off to their best start in program history with wins over Notre Dame, Tennessee and UConn. As the owner of the Big 12 career blocked shots record, Griner was the lone collegiate player to make the USA basketball roster this past summer. With an 88-inch wing span, Griner is primed to take the world by storm this summer as she is expected to represent USA Basketball at the 2012 London Olympics.
Malorie Pardo (LSU): A product of Pearland, Malorie Pardo has an illustrious prep career that ended with her taking her talents to Baton Rouge to become a part of the 18th-ranked recruiting class according to PrepVolleyball.com. As a 5-foot-10 setter, Pardo quickly found herself in the starting mix at LSU. Pardo dished out 11.71 assists per set this season which marks the ninth-best single season performance in program history. With 29 appearances and 27 starts, Pardo was a three-time recipient of the SEC Freshman of the Week honors. Because of her success on the court, Pardo was named LSWA All-Louisiana first team in addition to picking up All-SEC Freshman accolades. With a successful freshman year under her belt, expect Pardo to contend for All-American honors during her sophomore year.
Josh Huff (Oregon): The Oregon Ducks are explosive. As arguably one of the fastest teams in all of college football, the defending Pac-12 and Rose Bowl champs boast some talented Houston products, including 5-foot-11 sophomore receiver, Josh Huff. A product of Nimitz, finished fourth on the team with 430 receiving yards and 13.9 yards per reception. With 31 receptions on the season, Huff posted two touchdowns this season.
Holly Holl (Baylor): As a redshirt freshman, Katy’s Holly Holl enjoyed quite a run with the Lady Bears softball team this past season as Baylor cruised to a 47-15 record with a berth in the NCAA Women’s College World Series. Garnering 59 appearances and 56 starts, Holl ranked second on the team hitting at a .356 clip with 22 runs scored, 21 RBI and two home runs. Perhaps the biggest home run of her career came on June 4, 2011 as Baylor squared off against No. 5 Missouri in the WCWS. With the game scoreless in the bottom of the 13th inning, Holl took a 0-2 pitch and belted to the opposite field for a walk-off win over their Big 12 counterparts.