"I wanted to play basketball and figured my best chance to get noticed was here," Knewstub said. "This gives me exposure. I'll definitely be playing somewhere next year."
The 6-foot-6, 220-pound sophomore forward is averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds per game. He scored 16 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in an 83-69 win over Manor Junior College on Tuesday.
Knewstub has gotten feelers from East Stroudsburg and West Chester. The school that lands the Harriton graduate will get an excellent rebounder and outlet passer.
"When he's controlling the boards, we're scoring points," DCCC coach Joe Hazinsky said.
"I've become a better rebounder since high school," Knewstub said. "I've grown a couple inches, I've put on weight, and I'm stronger."
MILLER FINDS A HOME. Al Miller was a player without a place to play. Upsala
College closed after the 1995 spring semester, and Miller was waiting for some coach, any coach, to recognize what he had accomplished on the court last season.
Widener's C. Alan Rowe noticed. He called Miller, who returned the call, and the 6-7, 235-pound sophomore has been a key player for the Pioneers early this season.
"He's going to be an important cog in our frontcourt," Rowe said. "With him, Wellington Hughes and David Kline, we'll have a good rotation up front."
Miller is averaging 13.5 points and six rebounds per game. Widener split its first two games of the season in the Okidata Classic, beating Rutgers- Camden and losing to Wilkes, as Miller made the all-tournament team.
Miller also is a candidate for the all-diet team. The sophomore started the semester weighing 265 pounds, but he has trimmed down to 235.
"Basically, it's been exercise and watching what I eat," Miller said. "I have tendinitis in both knees. The weight wasn't helping."
Miller, a Staten Island, N.Y., native, should help the Pioneers on the backboards this season. He averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds per game for Upsala last season.
"I see myself as someone who can get some boards, get some points and push the team," Miller said.
BRIGHT TAKES CHALLENGE. Ron Bright does not shrink from challenges. The Penn State-Delco guard-forward seeks them out and usually comes out on top.
Bright's challenge last week was Williamson's Chris Moyer, who entered the game averaging more than 30 points per game. Bright held the Sun Valley graduate to 20 points, and Penn State-Delco walked off with a 69-51 win in its season opener.
"He wants to cover the best player," Penn State-Delco coach Bill Wiley said. "He's a good athlete. He can really run and jump. When you're that good of an athlete, you should be a good defensive player."
Bright, a 6-3 sophomore from Academy Park, also can score. He averaged 13 points per game last season, and he scored 13 in the win over Williamson.
But Bright's defense, not his offense, was the key for Penn State-Delco.
"Moyer's the type of kid who can get on a roll," Wiley said. "We didn't want to let him get 30. We wanted to hold him down."
Bright, with some defensive help from his friends, held Moyer down. And Penn State-Delco came away with a win.
FRESHMAN COMES THROUGH. Swarthmore's Tim Schofield is a freshman, but it
hasn't taken the Cherry Hill East graduate long to adapt to the college game.
Schofield played six minutes and scored one point in his first game. He played 14 minutes and scored 13 points in his second game. Then he played 21 minutes Tuesday and responded to the extra time with 25 points in an 83-66 win over Gwynned-Mercy.
"He is as good a freshman, potentially, as I've had here in my 10 years at Swarthmore," Garnet coach Lee Wimberly said.
Schofield has been on fire from three-point range, hitting 10 of 14 shots
from beyond the arc.
He hasn't earned a starting berth yet - starting guards Colin Convey and Craig Rodner returned from last season's team - but Schofield has earned respect.
"He's gotten off to a terrific start," Wimberly said. "He no longer is a secret in the Centennial Conference."