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Former Winthrop Eagle vying for NBA team

Former Winthrop basketball player Michael Jenkins is vying to become the first Eagle to make an NBA roster.

Jenkins’ performance was good enough during the five games of the Brooklyn Nets Orlando Summer League – he averaged 6.8 points per game and knocked down 46 percent of shots – that he earned an invitation to attend the team’s fall training camp in October, according to a tweet by his agent Daniel Moldovan.

As an Eagle, Jenkins led Winthrop to four straight Big South Conference championships and NCAA tournament trips from 2004 to 2008. The 27-year-old free agent combo guard spent five seasons playing professionally in Europe, suiting up a year ago in Italy.

Jenkins will be competing for a roster spot as a back-up point guard to All-Star and Olympian Deron Williams. The Nets report to training camp Sept. 26.

Winthrop notes

Women’s soccer player Krystyna Freda was named Big South Conference Preseason Attacking Player of the Year. Freda, a senior from Somerset, N.J., is the reigning two-time conference Attacking Player of the Year.

Her 17 goals, 39 points and 106 shots were tops in the Big South in 2013. Freda has 19 career game-winning goals.

Wingate notes

Former Wingate men’s basketball player Deion Turman is taking his game across the pond.

Turman, a 6-foot-8 center from Pittsburgh signed a pro contract to play for the Reading Rockets of the English Basketball League.

A three-year starter for the Bulldogs from 2011-2014, Turman helped Wingate win a pair of SAC Tournament championships.

During his senior campaign, Turman’s 9.7 rebounds were second in the South Atlantic Conference. He also recorded 13 double-doubles, good for 18th in the country. He averaged 13.6 points per game.

The Reading Rockets season tips off Sept. 7 against the Worchester Wolves.

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