A pair of McDonald’s All-Americans are Mr. and Ms. Basketball in North Carolina.
The awards recognize the top high school senior boy and girl for stellar playing careers.
Weddington’s Stephanie Watts, a 5-foot-9 guard, is the state’s Ms. Basketball . Kinston’s Brandon Ingram, a 6-9 forward, is Mr. Basketball.
Watts has signed with North Carolina. Ingram said he will make his college decision by the end of the month. He told the Observer in March that he will choose from these schools (listed in the order he gave them): North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA and N.C. State.
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Ingram averaged 24.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 3.0 blocks and 1.8 steals as a senior. He led Kinston to four consecutive state championships and was MVP of the past two. He had 28 points and 10 rebounds in a championship win against East Lincoln last month. Ingram is considered a top-15 national recruit.
Watts, twice district player of the year, was also named N.C. Gatorade Player of the Year. She averaged 29 points, 8.8 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 4.7 steals. She ranks 11th in state history in scoring (2,556 points) and is second in career made 3-pointers (374). She is a four-time conference player of the year.
Watts scored 19 points and made 4-of-9 3-pointers in Wednesday’s McDonald’s game. Ingram scored 15 points in the boys’ game.
▪ Mr. Basketball in South Carolina is another McDonald’s All-American: P.J. Dozier of Spring Valley High in Columbia. He had 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting in the McDonald’s game. Dozier,who signed with South Carolina, averaged 19 points and six assists in leading Spring Valley to the S.C. 4A regional final. ESPN ranks him as the nation’s No. 25 prospect. .
▪ Ms. Basketball in South Carolina is Orangeburg-Wilkinson 6-0 senior Dejoria Howard, who signed with Georgia Tech . Howard averaged 18.4 points, 7.6 rebounds. 3.9 steals and 2.5 assists this season. She was the S.C. Basketball Coaches 3A Player of the Year. She played varsity for six seasons.
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