Fresh from their appearance in the 2014 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Tournament, Tuskegee’s quiz team will bring home a $17,000 grant and honors.
After months of preparation, the team travelled to Torrance, Calif., to compete in the tournament yesterday and made it to the Final Four before losing to Oakwood University. They earned a $15,000 grant for the school for being a finalist.
Senior Gabriel A. Smith, team captain, was named to the tournament’s all-star team. He averaged 56 points per game, making him the fourth highest individual scorer in the tournament. He was also the recipient of the Ernie Jones Sportsperson Award. Those two honors each earned Tuskegee an additional $1,000 grant. Tuskegee’s total prize grants from Honda over the 25 years of the program amount to $306,500.
The other team members are: April N. Baldwin of Birmingham, Ala.; Demetrius A. Finley of Detroit; and Tony B. Kirk, II of Cedar Hill. The team is coached by Peter J. Spears.