Next Level: Local Graduates Hit the Hardwood
Former Pinecrest and Cornell basketball player Adam Wire has gotten off to a good start in his professional career for the Vaerlose club basketball team in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The 6-foot-5 forward, and Cornell teammate Aaron Osgood-Richardson, are the only two Americans on the roster. He is averaging 11 points and seven rebounds per game during the team’s 4-10 start. In an early season win over Horsens, he scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Wire’s parents, Mike and Cheryl Wire, currently live in Memphis, Tenn., and follow the narrative play-by-play accounts of the Vaerlose games on the Internet. Reached by phone, Cheryl indicated Adam would be home for the holidays. She and Mike plan to make their first visit to Copenhagen early next year.
Alishia Mosley scored four points and grabbed three rebounds to help Tusculum College defeat Brevard 68-61 last Saturday. The former Union Pines all-state and District 8 Player of the Year transferred to the Division II school in Tennessee after playing at NC A&T last season as a freshman. She is averaging 4.6 points per game during the Pioneers’ 5-0 start.
Covenant College (Ga.) senior Margaret Cross (O’Neal) scored 12 points and had five steals as the Scots defeated Salem College 78-63 in Winston-Salem on Friday. Deadly from beyond the arc throughout her high school and college career, her output included a pair of threes.
Wake Tech freshman Jennie Joy played a big part in her team’s two wins on a weekend trip to South Carolina. Last year’s Southeastern Conference Player of the Year at Pinecrest recorded eight points, eight assists and four rebounds in Saturday’s 76-60 victory over Tri-County Technical College. She added 13 points and six assists in a 67-60 win over Clinton Junior College on Sunday.
“Jennie was hurt for a couple of games,” Eagles’ coach Barry Street said by phone, “but she’s been very good for us running the team at point guard.”
Faronte Drakeford, last season’s SEC Player of the Year on the boys’ side for Pinecrest, is averaging 10.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington. He has connected on 58 percent of his shots from the field during the team’s 4-4 start. The 6-6 forward posted six points and 13 rebounds in a recent 89-88 victory over Louisburg.
A number of former Sandhills Community College basketball players are performing at four-year schools.
In his second season at St. Andrews, Michael Dunkins (East Montgomery) is averaging 11.7 points per game. In Saturday’s 94-72 loss to Fayetteville State in Laurinburg, the 6-3 shooting guard was six for 12 from the field and scored 16 points. He scored a season-high 19 against N.C. Wesleyan.
Another former Flyer, Joe Houpe, scored 17 points in the season-opener for St. Andrews and is averaging 3.3 points per game.
Still another former Flyer pair is continuing their basketball careers at Northwestern Ohio University in Lima. Johnny Elliott (Western Harnett) is third on the Racers in scoring at 10.2 per game. The 6-0 guard leads the team in assists and steals and is tied for the lead in blocked shots. He scored a season-high 22 points in the season opener.
Flyer and Racer teammate Aaron Toney (Cary), a 6-7 forward, is averaging two points and two rebounds per game off the bench.
Phillip Moultrie (Pinecrest), another member of SCC’s Region X championship squad a season ago, has started the last four games at center for Limestone College. He scored five points and grabbed three rebounds in the Saints’ 73-72 victory over Livingstone on Saturday. He had a tip-in during the decisive rally.
Wake Forest tight end Spencer Bishop (Pinecrest) is going bowling during the holiday season. The Demon Deacons (6-6) accepted a bid to the Music City Bowl in Nashville on Dec. 30 where they’ll meet Mississippi State. The redshirt sophomore has seen most of his action on special teams.
Two other former Patriot football players saw action at Appalachian State this season. Redshirt freshman Tucker Lee blocked for the Mountaineer field goal and PAT units and got some reps on the offensive line. True freshman Brett Heimrich was the long snapper in the season opener against Virginia Tech. He also played in the next two games.
The Mountaineers finished 8-4 after a 34-12 loss to Maine on Saturday in the second round of the Division 1 championship playoffs.
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