High School Basketball

10 players to watch in South Carolina basketball championships

Alex Caldwell crosses up a defender during last year’s South Carolina Hoops Festival held at Irmo High School. Caldwell, a Columbia native, leads Wilson into the Class 4A championship Saturday against Ridge View.
Alex Caldwell crosses up a defender during last year’s South Carolina Hoops Festival held at Irmo High School. Caldwell, a Columbia native, leads Wilson into the Class 4A championship Saturday against Ridge View. online@thestate.com

Ten players to keep an eye on this weekend at the SCHSL Basketball championships at Colonial Life Arena”

Girls

Loyal McQueen, Wilson – Sophomore averaging 19.7 points and 2.7 assists. Has offer from South Carolina among her 16 Division I offers.

Ashley Williamson, Spring Valley – Clemson commit averaging 19.0 points, 2.3 assists and 2.0 steals a game.

Talaysia Cooper, East Clarendon – Eighth grader averaging 24.6 points, 8 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 5.0 steals this season. Already has gone over 1,000 points in her career.

Quanajia Drayton, Ridgeland-Hardeeville – Senior averaging 20 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals.

Amari Young, North Augusta – Class 4A Player of year averages 17.1 points, 10 rebounds and 6.1 steals a game. Signed to play for former South Carolina assistant Nikki McCray-Penson at Old Dominion.

Boys

Alex Caldwell, Wilson – Class 4A Player of Year and Columbia native is averaging 22 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds. Signed with Southeast Missouri State.

Juwan Gary, Gray Collegiate – Class 2A Player of Year averaging 20.5 points and 8.3 rebounds. Ranked No. 32 by ESPN for Class of 2019. Has offers from Clemson and South Carolina and also hearing from Connecticut, North Carolina State, Virginia and Texas A&M among others.

Winston Hill, Irmo – Senior averaging 17 points and 7.1 rebounds a game.

Myles Tate, Dorman – Sophomore averages 18.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.

Malcolm Wilson, Ridge View – Junior averages 9.7 rebounds and 6.4 blocks per game. Ranked in top 150 by Rivals for Class of 2019 and has offers from Clemson, South Carolina, Georgetown and VCU among others.

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