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Zulli, Quiteh, Hill lead AP Little-America team

Zulli, Quiteh, Hill lead AP Little-America team

Shippensburg quarterback Zach Zulli and Bloomsburg running back Franklyn Quiteh have been selected to the AP Little All-America team.

The Little All-America team honors players from Division II, III and NAIA.

Zulli tied a Division II record with 54 touchdowns passes, set a record for TDs responsible for with 56 and threw for 4,747 yards.

Quiteh, a Little All-American in 2010 as a freshman, went over 2,000 yards rushing for the second time in his career. He leads Division II in rushing at 176.8 yards per game and has scored 24 touchdowns.

Michael Hill of St. Joseph, Mo., another Harlon Hill Trophy finalist as the top player in Division II, and the second-leading rusher in D-II behind Quiteh, was selected to the first-team. Hill averages 154.9 yards rushing.

Mount St. Joseph running back James Clay, who leads Division III with 212 yards per game, also was a first-team selection.

The Little All-American receivers are Jeff Janis from Saginaw Valley and Isaiah Voegeli from Merrimack. Janis caught 106 passes for 1,635 yards and 17 touchdowns. Voegeli leads Division II with 150 yards receiving per game.

The Little All-American offensive line is led by Ryan Schraeder from Valdosta State. He and the Blazers will Winston-Salem on Saturday in Florence, Ala.

Curtis James of St. Thomas, Minn., which plays Mount Union on Saturday for the Division III championship, was also picked for the offensive line.

The other offensive linemen selected to the first team were: Garth Heikkinen of Minnesota-Duluth; Manase Foketi of West Texas A&M and Mark Jackson of Glenville State.

Pittsburg State receiver/kick returner John Brown was selected as an all-purpose player.

The kicker was Sergio Castillo of West Texas A&M.

The defense was highlighted by Missouri Southern tackle Brandon Williams. The 325-pound senior is an NFL prospect who has been invited to play in the Senior Bowl.

Ethan Westbrooks of West Texas A&M has 19.5 sacks to lead Division II. B.J. Stevens of California, Pa., leads D-II with 1.32 sacks per game. D.J. Chappell of Division III Huntingdon completes the defensive line.

The linebackers are Corey Johnson of Catawba, Leron Furr of Fort Valley State and Ronnell Williams of West Chester.

Defensive back Rontez Miles of gave California, Pa., two players on the first-team defense. Jack Moro of St. Cloud State leads Division II with 11 interceptions. Trelan Taylor of Chadron State is tied for second with eight picks.

Nick Driskill of Mount Union rounds out the secondary.

Taylor Accardi of Colorado Mines is the punter. He averages 51 yards per kick.

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Bradley Beal thoroughly impressed by LeBron James after being his teammate at All-Star Game

Bradley Beal thoroughly impressed by LeBron James after being his teammate at All-Star Game

As a member of the Washington Wizards, Bradley Beal has had many battles with LeBron James over the years, first with the Miami Heat and now with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Over the weekend, Beal got to experience having James as a teammate for the first time at the All-Star Game in Los Angeles.

It was an eye-opening endeavor. Beal got to see up close and personal James' abilities and his routine to maximize them. In a group of the best players on the planet, James stood out.

"It was surreal at first, just being around all the guys," Beal said. "Even just being on his team for two days, that was an unbelievable experience."

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Beal, 24, is six seasons in to his NBA career and from experience has learned how to train for the rigors of an 82-game regular season. What James does at 33 years old to stay in peak form, however, is next level.

"To see his preparation, his focus and his mentality and what he does to take care of his body before and after games," Beal said. "That's the true testament to a Hall of Famer and one of the best to ever play the game."

James actually assisted Beal's first points in the All-Star Game, a two-handed dunk in the first quarter. James attacked the rim on a fastbreak to draw attention, then found Beal with a dump-off pass for an easy bucket.

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It was an example of James' tricks of the trade. He is not just the most athletic player on the court, he is also the smartest when it comes to the game of basketball.

"His approach and his leadership and everything, it's top notch. It's crazy because you always play against him and to play with him, you get experience the other side of it," Beal said.

Beal, however, did note that much of what he gleaned from James was by watching him. At the end of the day, they are competitors and James isn't going to give away all of his secrets.

"He's not disclosing that information," Beal joked.

The Wizards happen to play James and the Cavs in their first game back from the All-Star break on Thursday night. Once again, Beal will be on the other side. 

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Walt Williams talks Wizards, his NBA career and life after basketball

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Walt Williams talks Wizards, his NBA career and life after basketball

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes was joined by former NBA player Walt Williams for a wide-ranging discussion. Williams talked about the Wizards, his show on NBC Sports Washington and his playing career.

Williams also projected the NBA prospects of Maryland Terrapins stars Bruno Fernando and Kevin Huerter.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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