Nearly four years ago, Brendan McKillop was a star at Charlotte Catholic, averaging 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists his senior year as a Cougar.
Now McKillop is starring for his father Bob McKillop's team as the lone senior and captain of a Davidson squad that has won three of its last four games, including an 82-68 win against UNC Charlotte.
McKillop has been hot of late, earning Southern Conference Player of the Week honors after scoring 21 points in the win against the 49ers then 17 in a narrow loss to St. John's.
McKillop, who averages 11 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists (and a team-best 35 minutes), is poised to join the 1,000-point club and should rank in the top five all-time at Davidson in three-pointers made in the next few weeks.
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While McKillop - who also boasts a 3.3 GPA - plays for his father, he also plays for his brother, Matt, an assistant coach for the Wildcats (6-5 overall, 1-1 in the SoCon).
"There's no doubt that this year is a special time for our family," Bob McKillop said earlier this season. "I think I've been very fortunate to not only watch my sons grow as young men but also as Davidson basketball players. There are not too many families that get the opportunities to do what we have done."
Other local standouts now in college
Seth Curry, Duke (Charlotte Christian). The former Charlotte Christian star is a major part of the No. 1 undefeated Blue Devil team, averaging 7.6 points per game as the team's sixth man while shooting 46 percent from beyond the arc.
Ian Miller, Florida State (United Faith Christian). The 2009-10 Charlotte Observer Player of the Year has gone through some growing pains for the Seminoles but has come on lately, averaging 4.7 points in just 15 minutes per game. Miller led the team with 11 points in a loss to Ohio State.
Nemanja Mikic, George Washington (United Faith Christian). The Serbian born forward played two years at United Faith before becoming a starter at George Washinton this year as a freshman. Mikic is averaging nine points and two rebounds a game for the Colonials.
Akil Mitchell, Virginia (Charlotte Christian). This time last year, Mitchell was starring for the Knights. Now, because of injuries, Mitchell - who since has grown two inches to 6-foot-9 - is a key reserve, averaging 2 points and 3 rebounds per game in 12 minutes a contest.
Omar Carter, Appalachian State (Charlotte Christian). The 6-foot-5 forward (one-time Charleston Southern transfer) has started all eight games for the Mountaineers, averaging 14 points and 5 rebounds per contest.
Malik Stith, St. John's (East Meck). The former Eagle star point guard has found his way into the Red Storm's regular rotation, averaging 5.7 points and 2 assists in 21 minutes per game, including a season-high 13 points in an opening loss to St. Mary's.
Titus Robinson, University of Buffalo (East Meck). The main weapon on the Eagle's 2008 state championship team has started all 10 games for Buffalo this season, averaging 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per contest.
Odell Turner, Wingate (Myers Park). The former Mustang star is the leading scorer (12.8 ppg) and rebounder (8.5 rpg) for the Bulldogs as he plays 28 minutes per game. Turner was the South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week in late November after scoring 30 points against Francis Marion.
Quan Alexander, Wingate (Myers Park). Turner and Alexander formed a dynamic duo at Myers Park and now they are doing the same at Wingate. Alexander is Wingate's third-leading scorer (11.7 ppg) and rebounder (4.7) while shooting 85 percent from the free-throw line.
They haven't begun to make an impact on their college teams yet, but other south Charlotte products still working their way into the rotations include:
Ardrey Kell's Justin Cheek (High Point) and Cameron McQueen (Wofford).
Charlotte Latin's David Chadwick (Rice) and Richard Brown (Furman).
Charlotte Christian's Taylor Wagener (Wofford).
East Mecklenburg's Jeremy Ingram (N.C. Central).
Myers Park's Griffin Shaw (Appalachian State).
Providence's Terrance Hampton (Johnson C. Smith).
United Faith's Kadeem Green (Missouri).
Stats as of December 21 games.