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While the conference schedule gets underway Tuesday for most of the high school boys and girls basketball teams across the Mideastern Conference, here’s a look at some local student-athletes making strides at the college level.
It starts with former New Hanover High School standout Kadeem Allen. Allen has averaged 27 points per game for Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. The University of Arizona commit is shooting 46.8 percent from the floor and has started all 12 games for the Blue Dragons this season. With 895 career points, Allen now ranks No. 17 on the all-time scoring list at Hutchinson.
Just across the state line, Elijah Wilson guided Coastal Carolina to back-to-back wins at home in Conway, S.C., last week. The Laney High School standout had 11 points against N.C. Wesleyan and 23 points in a 76-68 win over Western Carolina. Wilson is shooting nearly 50 percent (.496) from the field this season, averaging 16.9 points per game.
T.J. Williams has played in all nine games for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The all-time scoring leader in Ashley High School history has averaged 12.6 minutes per game so far for the 3-6 Mocs.
At Appalachian State, Amber Doniere has seen time in each of the Mountaineers eight games this season. The former Laney Lady Buc is averaging about four rebounds per game.
Locally, Addison Spruill continues to enjoy success in his first year under Coach Buzz Peterson at UNCW. The junior transfer from Pender High School has started in 10 of 11 games for the Seahawks, who sit at 6-5 on the year. Spruill averages about 14 points and four rebounds per game. He’s second on the team in scoring and minutes played, with his season-high coming Nov. 29 as the junior dropped 23 points in a loss to Stephen F. Austin.
Shanta Williams has also had a standout year for the 8-0 Cape Fear Community College women’s basketball team. Williams played her high school ball at New Hanover and had a huge weekend for the Lady Sea Devils with 20 points in a win over Tidewater CC on Saturday.