College basketball has taken over the Port City as the University of North Carolina at Wilmington continues its early season success. The Seahawks are listed in the Top 5 of this week’s CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll thanks to an 8-1 start.
To put the recent push into perspective, UNCW has started the season 8-1 for the first time in 25 years, dating back to 1992-93 campaign.
Wilmington natives are also making a statement across the country for top level programs. Kadeem Allen (New Hanover/Laney) and the Arizona Wildcats are listed in the top-20 this week. Arizona improved to 8-2 over the weekend following a 79-60 win on the road at Missouri.
Coming into the game, the Wildcats were shooting just 36 percent from long range and Missouri challenged Arizona early by forcing the Wildcats to take outside jumpers by playing 2-3 zone defense.
Coach Sean Miller’s squad responded in a big way by knocking down 13 shots from beyond the arc. Allen had 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists at point guard. He was 4-of-8 from three-point land in the win.
Through 10 games, Allen is averaging 29.7 minutes and 9.4 points per game. Arizona returns to the floor against Grand Canyon on Dec. 14.
Coastal Carolina University senior Elijah Wilson (Laney) continues his ascend up the Chanticleers all-time scoring list. Wilson dropped 20 on eight-of-12 shooting, including four-of-six on his three point field goals on Saturday to lead Coastal Carolina past N.C. Central, 70-67.
Currently, Wilson is fifth on the all-time scoring list at CCU, averaging a team-high 15.7 points in 29 minutes per game this season. Coastal Carolina is 5-6 overall heading into a road game against Auburn on Dec. 15.
In Chapel Hill, Stilman White (Hoggard) has seen increased playing time as of late for Coach Roy Williams.
Averaging just 4.9 minutes off the bench heading into a pair of games last week, White saw a season-high 15 minutes on the floor against Davidson on Dec. 7, and 12 minutes on Sunday in the Tar Heels 73-71 victory against Tennessee. White scored a career-high six points in the Davidson game.
At the Division II level, Ridell Camidge (New Hanover/Ashley) was named the Lone Star Offensive Player of the Week after helping guide Tarleton State to a pair of wins last week. Camidge averaged 17 points on the week.
He followed up the weekly honors by dropping a career-high 24 points on Saturday in a 92-79 rout over Eastern New Mexico. Camidge was 6-of-15 from the field, including three from downtown, and a 9-for-10 from the charity stripe. The effort was Camidge’s first 20-point game for the purple and white.
Tarleton State is list at No. 15 in this week’s National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II Men’s Basketball Poll.