In four years at East Mecklenburg High School, Monet Tellier accomplished just about everything a high school basketball standout can, leading her team to 95 wins and finishing her career as an all-conference, all-region and all-state performer. She earned state Player of the Year honors as well.
The next chapter of her basketball career, at Virginia Tech, is going pretty well, too.
Tellier, who didn't turn 18 until Nov. 27, already is playing well beyond her years. She currently averages 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal per game and is a regular starter and major contributor.
"College basketball is all about confidence," Tellier said. "I think a lot of people lose their confidence in the transition (from high school to college). But I have kept my confidence and at the same time been patient with my game."
Tellier, a 5-foot-11 guard, burst onto the scene in her first month as a Hokie, earning ACC Rookie of the Week and Most Valuable Player of the Hilton Garden Hokie Classic after pouring in 23 points to lead her team past Vanderbilt in the championship game.
Tellier has gotten more consistent as the year has progressed, with seven double-figure scoring outings in her last 10 games, including a 13-point, 10-rebound effort against Charlotte (a 60-58 loss) in her return home Jan. 2. She also recorded a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds) late last month against Wake Forest.
While Tellier is playing well, she hopes to help the Hokies (9-11, 0-6) improve in ACC play, as they have struggled of late.
"I think we are all starting to gain more confidence," Tellier said of herself and her teammates. "We've just got to try and get better every practice, every game. That is what I am focused on."
More local standouts
Da'Naira Erwin Spencer, Radford (East Mecklenburg): The sophomore is picking up where she left off as a member of the All-Big South freshman team. The 5-foot-5 point guard currently leads the team in scoring (14.4 ppg), assists (65 total) and steals (52).
Whitny Edwards, Virginia (Providence Day). The 5-foot-11 junior guard is averaging 7 points, 3 rebounds and a steal for the Cavaliers. Edwards leads the team with 20 three-pointers on the year and has started nine games, averaging 20 minutes per contest.
Britny Edwards, Virginia (Providence Day). Whitny's twin injured her foot, putting her out for the season. She is taking a medical redshirt.
Epiphany Woodson, UNC Charlotte (Providence Day). The former Miami player has flourished since transferring to the 49ers, where she is second on the team in scoring at 10.2 points per game. Woodson has led the team in scoring four times, including a 23-point effort in a narrow loss to Florida.
Jai Forney, UNC Charlotte (Butler). Woodson's college teammate and former Butler star is having a solid sophomore campaign at 5 points and 3 rebounds per contest as key reserve for the 49ers.
Lauryn Kobiela, Colgate (Charlotte Catholic). The freshman already is a major part of the rotation with 10 starts in 19 games, averaging 4 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists, including a 13-point, 4-rebound, 7-assist effort in an overtime loss to Bucknell.
Joy Cheek, Indiana Fever (WNBA) (Duke/South Mecklenburg).
The former all-state Sabre and Blue Devil star is going into her second professional season in the WNBA this year after playing a limited role for the Fever in her rookie campaign.
Making their mark
They haven't begun to make an impact on their college teams yet, but other local products still working their way into the rotations include: Erica Chandler, George Washington (Ardrey Kell); Celeste Stewart, East Carolina (Butler); Clair Watkins, Vanderbilt (Butler); Quay Barrino, Lenoir-Rhyne (Butler); Tiffani Stephens, Northwest Florida State College (Myers Park); and Nneka Awuruonye, UNC Greensboro (Providence Day).
Stats accurate as of Jan. 27.