Scotlandville’s Ja’Vonte Smart earns spot on USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship team _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Scotlandville High's Ja'Vonte Smart

Scotlandville’s Ja’Vonte Smart isn’t the only area junior-to-be eyeing a spot on a USA Basketball under-17 team.

Ascension Christian’s Jamilyn Ayo-Robinson is at a tryout with the USA under-17 girls teams in Colorado Springs. The 5-foot-10 Ayo-Robinson averaged 20 points per game for the Lions last season.

Smart is beginning his quest for a berth on the under-17 boys team. The 6-4 Smart helped the USA under-16 team win a gold medal.

Ursuline’s Kourtney Weber (under-17) Rayville’s Micaela Wilson (under-18) are other Louisiana girls players with USA tryouts set.

Another boys player, Chalmette’s Mitchell Robinson (under 18), also is in the hunt for a national team berth.

O’Connor note

Speaking of camps, Zachary track star Janie O’Connor was literally off and running after being honored as one of The Advocate’s Athlete of the Year girls finalists Monday.

O’Connor is in Beaverton, Oregon, for the Nike Elite Camp. You might want to check out this video shot at the camp. The senior-to-be is one of the nation’s best in the 400 meters. She discusses everything from running to her taste in music.

Signees, etc.

Broadmoor basketball player Samira Irvin and Central bowler Sarah LeDuff are among the area’s latest college signees.

Irvin signed with Baton Rouge Community College. She’s a 6-1 wing player who averaged 14 points and nine rebounds a game last season.

LeDuff signed with Southern University after helping Central win its first state title in girls bowling this spring.

Gatorade picks Savoy

South Beauregard’s Logan Savoy was selected as Gatorade’s Louisiana Baseball Player of the Year.

Savoy is a junior who helped lead the Knights to a Class 3A runner-up finish. He pitched and played first base, compiling a 10-2 pitching record with 115 strikeouts in 77.1 innings pitched. Savoy also batted .365 with five home runs and 38 RBIs.