Hometown heroes: men’s basketball

06/16/2014 11:35 AM

06/16/2014 11:36 AM

Though he was the least-recruited of a stellar Wake County crop of ballers during his final year of high school, Josh Davis (Athens Drive class of 2009) now has the best chance of starting a pro men’s basketball career.

Though that might not be in the NBA, as Davis is ranked the No. 59 NCAA senior entering this month’s NBA Draft.

Davis wasn’t offered by many teams when N.C. State swooped in late during his senior year at Athens Drive. Most recruiting websites knew nothing about him. He went on to play at three different universities and made an impact at each.

This past season Davis was a key part to San Diego State’s Sweet 16 run, as he averaged 7.7 points per game and grabbed 10.1 rebounds, which led the team. The Aztecs ended the season ranked No. 12 in the nation.

Davis went head-to-head with Earnest Ross (Panther Creek 2009) in high school. Ross completed his career at Missouri, averaging 14 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists for the Tigers. Ross, who started his career at Auburn, was second on the team with 57 3-pointers and was second on the team in rebounding.

Also part of that great 2008-09 season in southwestern Wake County were Middle Creek teammates Garrius Adams (Middle Creek 2009) and Tom Tankelewicz (Middle Creek 2009).

Adams, who redshirted last year due to injuries, was the only Hurricanes player to start all 33 games this past season. He had a team-high 95 assists, while averaging 10.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.3 steals.

At Western Carolina, Tankelewicz averaged 8.9 points per game in his final season, shooting 37.4 percent from 3-point land and 91.3 percent from the free throw line. Tankelewicz started his career at Charleston Southern before transferring.

David Robertson (Green Hope 2013) had a strong freshman year at UNC-Asheville, logging 28.9 minutes per game for the Bulldogs. He averaged 7.8 points and was second on the team in made threes (44). Former high school teammate John Mosser (Green Hope 2013) played in nine games for the Mercer Bears, the team that upset Duke in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

At Campbell, Quinton Ray (Middle Creek 2013) played a key role as a freshman. He earned more than 25 minutes a game, averaging 3.2 points. He also led the team in free throw percentage with 82.6 percent.

Chris Flemmings (Green Hope 2012) was a star at Barton College, scoring 19.6 points and 6.8 rebounds a game while ranking seventh in his conference in 3-pointers (67).

As a junior, Leon Hargrove (Middle Creek 2011) started nine games for Hampden-Syndey College (Va.) and averaged 4.9 points.

Former opponents Anthony Shelton (Cary 2011) and Quentin Underwood (Holly Springs 2011) are still teaming up at Fayetteville State.

Shelton averaged 7.7 points a game, playing in 26 games. He shot 42.3 percent from the floor and has 25 steals this past season. Underwood averaged 3.2 points per game in 25 games. He was fourth on the team in field goal percentage at 55 percent and averaged 2.3 rebounds a game.

Holly Springs’ all-time leading scorer Anthanee Doyle (Holly Springs 2013) played in 11 games at Queens University in Charlotte. He shot 38.1 percent from the floor and averaged 2.1 points per game. Teammate Grant Rasmussen (Green Hope 2013) played in 20 games and shot 46.2 percent from the floor. In his limited action on the floor, Rasmussen had a 1.4 assist-to-turnover ratio and averaged 0.8 points a game.

Cary Christian’s all-time leading scorer Lindsey Johnson (Cary Christian 2011) played this past year at Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) and averaged 4.3 points per game, while shooting 34.4 from behind the arc.

Grace Christian’s all-time leading scorer Mike Taylor (Grace Christian 2013) played in 16 games this past season for the Randolph Macon (Va.) Yellow Jackets, averaging 1.9 points per game.

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