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Sea Shell Starts Monday
Wcsl Brunswick, North Brunswick and South Brunswick will be
among the eight high schools participating in next week's Sea Shell
Invitational baseball tournament in Wilmington.
Play begins Monday with four games scheduled at Hardee Field on
Carolina Beach Road. In the opener, North Brunswick's Scorpions take
on Jacksonville of the Mideastcrn 4-A Conference at 11 a.m.
At 2 p.m., South Brunswick takes the field against Laney. The
Cougars opened the week seeking for their first win of the season after
five losses. South had games scheduled Tuesday against South Robeson
and Thursday at Fairmont.
West Brunswick, which carries a 5-1 record into Friday's game with
the Russian National Team, opens Sea Shell play Monday with a 5 p.m.
game against the Hoggard Vikings.
In the final game Monday, New Hanover will facc Marion, S.C., at 8
p.m. Tournament play continues Tuesday, with the finals scheduled
Wednesday. Each team will play at least two games.
Former Trojan Daniels
Ready For Next Level
Ricky Daniels is taking his basketball game to another level, again. First
he dominated the local high school scene, then made a name for himself in
the junior college ranks.
Next up, the Big Time. Daniels
made a verbal commitment last week
to play ball at N.C. State University
next school year. All he needs to do
now is sign the papers on April 14.
That's right, the former West
Brunswick High School superstar will
be joining the Wolfpack in the
Atlantic Coast Conference next sea
son if all goes according to plan.
Daniels, a two-time county player of the year in high school, has had
two excellent seasons at Anderson (S.C.) Junior College. The 6-6 forward
averaged 18 points, 8 rebounds. 6 assists, 2.3 steals and 2 blocks per game
With Ricky's help, the Anderson Trojans finished 25-6 and were ranked
as high as 11 th in the nation in the junior college poll. Anderson finished the
season ranked in the top 20.
Ricky will graduate from Anderson this spring with an associate degree
in liberal arts. From there, it's on to State where he'll face some of the best
college basketball players in the nation over the next two years.
Ricky will be playing against guys he's been reading about in newspa
pers and watching on television?guys like Duke's Grant Hill, North
Carolina's Eric Montross and Florida State's Charlie Ward.
Ricky was a phenomenal high school player and had an outstanding ca
reer at Anderson. But is he really ready for competition he'll facc in the
ACC, perhaps the toughest basketball conference in the nation?
"Most definitely he's ready," Anderson assistant coach Warren Riley
said. "Ricky's got the talent, speed, strength. He's got all the skills for the
ACC. He's also ready mentally and academically."
Ricky shot 55 percent from the field and 70 percent from the free throw
line this season. He also knocked down 40 percent of his shots from three
"He's most definitely ready," Riley says without hesitation. "He'll do a
very good job for them. Everybody at Anderson is really happy for Ricky
because he's getting to go where he wants. He's reaching his goals."
Besides N.C. State, Ricky was recruited by Wake Forest of the ACC as
well as South Florida, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and
Ricky settled on N.C. State because he liked the Wolfpack coaching
staff and players and the Raleigh campus. N.C. State also is pretty close to
his Longwood home, which was another deciding factor.
The multi-talented Daniels averaged 29 points and 12 rebounds per
game as a senior at West Brunswick, leading the Trojans to a 21-6 record.
He also holds the school's single-game scoring record of 48 points.
Wcsl Brunswick's Billy Mims, who coached Daniels his last two sea
sons, is excited for his former pupil. Not because he's getting a chance to
play big-time college ball, but because he's getting a chance at a good edu
"I would like to see the young man get a degree at the school of his
choice," Mims said. "I think he could have more of an impact on his com
munity by graduating than being all-ACC in basketball."
"So far he's made some major strides," Mims said of Daniels, his great
est talent in five years as a high school coach. "But his work is not done. His
work is still ahead of him."
Personally, I think the best is yet to come.
STAFF PHOTO BY LYNN CARLSON
Places In State Hoop Shoot
iMtidis Morgan, a Shalloue Middle School student, accepts a tro
phy and certificate for placing third in the Elks Club State Hoop
Shoot in the 12-13-year-old category. The trophy was presented by
Ted Acton (right) of the Calabash Elks 1/idge 2679, as Coach Phil
Wemyss (left) looked on.
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ALL-COUNTY HOOPS TEAM
South's White Named County Player Of Year
BEACON FILE PHOTO
JOSH WHITE drives to the basket during one of the best perform
ances of his senior season, a 44-point outburst against county rival
Emily Pritt on your 1st place win in J
the acrobatics category at the Show- *
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the instruction of Wanda's in Whiteville. *
BY l)OUG RUTTKR
South Brunswick's Josh White
has been named Brunswick County
high school boys basketball player
of the year after leading the Cougars
to a 20-9 record during a brilliant se
Other selections to the 1992-93
all-county prep basketball team arc
Kevin Smith of South Brunswick,
Lonnic Mitchell and Anthony
Mtxxly of West Brunswick and Ron
nie Ballard of North Brunswick.
White, a three-time selection to
the all-county squad, scored 24
points per game from his point
guard spot while directing the of
fense and leading the Cougars to
within three wins of a state basket
On the defensive end, the 5-11
guard utilized his superior quickness
and basketball savvy to make steals
and force turnovers that often led to
South Brunswick Coach Gene
Doanc, named county coach of the
year after his club reached the east
ern semifinals of the state playoffs,
has described White as the "heart
and soul" of the team.
"Josh was a good leader," Doanc
said following the playoff loss. "He
kept after these guys. He played
with fire in his eyes. You could tell
he had it, and the other guys re
sponded to it"
White helped lead the Cougars to
a 66-19 record over the last three
seasons. South Brunswick was 25-4
in 1991 and 21-6 last year.
As a sophomore and junior, White
averaged around 15 points per game
in an offense built around 6-11 cen
ter Preston McGriff.
With McGriff gone. South Bruns
wick relied more on White's offen
sive talents this season and the silky
smooth guard responded with nearly
25 points per game.
With the exception of his career
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high 46 points in an early-season
win over East Columbus, White
saved his best performances of the
season for the biggest games.
In the regular-season finale at
West Brunswick, White scored 44
points to lead the Cougars to a 91-80
overtime win. White hit 19 of 19
free throws in the game and scored
nine points in OT.
The Cougar guard also was instru
mental in leading South to the
Waccamaw Conference Tournament
championship. On consecutive nights.
White scored 34 points against
Whitcvillc and 35 against Fairmont.
The 34 points in the tournament
semifinal against the Wolfpack in
cluded a game-tying basket in the
closing seconds that sent the game
into overtime, where the Cougars
In the tournament final, White
tossed in 35 points to lead the
Cougars back from a 19-point, first
quarter deficit. South went on to an
81-70 win over prcviously-undefeat
cd Fairmont, which was ranked first
in the state.
White's oniy South Brunswick
teammate selected to this year's all
county squad was Smith, a 6-1 ju
nior guard/forward who averaged 13
points per game for the Cougars.
West's Mitchell, a 6-5 senior, is a
two-time, all-county selection who
scored 14.5 points and grabbed 5 re
bounds per game this season for
Coach Billy Mims' Trojans.
Moody, a 6-2 junior forward, av
eraged 10.3 points and 4 rebounds
per game for West Brunswick,
which was 7-7 in the Waccamaw
Conference and 8-16 overall.
Ballard, a 6-6 senior center, led
North Brunswick in scoring this sea
son with 17 points per game. The
Scorpions were 0-14 in the confer
ence and 3-16 overall.
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