UNC-Charlotte basketball lands two standouts with Wilmington ties

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As the recruiting trail continues to heat up across the college basketball landscape this off season, new UNC-Charlotte Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mark Price has landed a pair of standouts with ties to the Wilmington area.

After guiding Cape Fear Community College to back-to-back National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament appearances, 6-foot 4-inch Chapel Hill native Anthony Vanhook announced his commitment earlier this month, while former New Hanover High School standout Ridell Camidge officially committed to the 49ers this week.

Ridell Camidge. Photo courtesy- Cloud Community College Athletics
Ridell Camidge. Photo courtesy Cloud Community College Athletics.

Camidge averaged 13 points per game during his freshman year at Cloud Community College in Kansas.

“Ridell is known as a shooter and can flat-out make shots,” said Cloud Community College Head Coach Chad Eshbaugh. “His IQ and effort are good enough for him to make an impact at the next level after a successful freshman season.  He has worked hard in the off-season to improve his strength and add weight.”

Vanhook played a vital role in the Sea Devils’ success and run to their second straight Region X Championship. He averaged 21.7 points and 11.2 rebounds per game during his sophomore year.

“Just want to wish the best of luck to Anthony after announcing his commitment to Charlotte,” said Cape Fear Coach Ryan Mantlo. “I’m just so proud to see his growth over the past two seasons and can’t wait to watch him do his thing in Conference USA.”

In late March, UNC-Charlotte announced Price as the 10th head men’s basketball coach in school history. For the past two seasons, the former NBA star served as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Hornets. As a player with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he helped the team to seven playoff bids over his final eight years.