Shining at the Next Level: January 13-26, 2020

New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties produce a large number of athletes that continue their careers at the next level.  Each week, this list will feature a number of area athletes who are finding success in the college ranks.

Check back for weekly updates on the second and fourth Monday of each month.


***Full list of area men’s basketball players in college***

Sr. G Trae Bryant, Oklahoma City (2015 Hoggard grad): Averaged 14.3 points over four games, including a 23-point performance in 27 minutes in an 85-65 win over Southwestern Christian (Okla.) on Jan. 14.

Hoggard graduate Trae Bryant now plays basketball at Oklahoma City. [Oklahoma City Athletics]

Sr. C AJ Frye, N.C. Wesleyan (2016 Hoggard grad): Helped the Battling Bishops go 3-1 in conference play by averaging 18 points and 8.3 rebounds. Frye had a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds on Saturday in a 99-84 victory over William Peace.

Sr. F/C Mitch Layton, N.C. Wesleyan (2016 North Brunswick grad): Narrowly missed out on a double-double in wins over LaGrange (13 points and nine rebounds) on Jan. 19 and William Peace (11 points and nine rebounds) on Saturday.

Sr. G Qadhafi Turner, Brevard (2016 Ashley grad): Finished with a season-high 12 points and made four crucial free throws down the stretch in an 83-81 road win at Huntingdon on Friday.


***Full list of area swimmers in college***

Fr. Trey Adkins, Towson (2019 Laney grad): In Friday’s 206-92 victory over Delaware, Adkins finished second in the 100 backstroke (53.26) and 400 freestyle relay (3:09.02) and third in the 100 freestyle (47.75). He had a first-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay (3:03.94) and a third-place finish in the 100 backstroke (53.78) on Jan. 18 at Drexel.

Fr. Garrett Butner, Wingate (2019 Ashley grad): Had a great meet against Barton on Saturday, finishing second in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.19) and 200 breaststroke (2:17.04). He also swam the breaststroke leg on the 200 medley relay (1:38.86) that placed third.

Fr. Finn Howard, Queens (2019 Hoggard grad): Won the 100 backstroke with a time of 49.60 and swam the backstroke leg on the third place 200 medley relay (1:30.79) and 400 medley relay (3:22.16) at the South Carolina Winter Invitational over the weekend.


***Full list of area women’s basketball players in college***

R-Sr. G Jada Bacchus, Mount Olive (2015 Ashley grad): Had a double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds on Saturday to help the Trojans secure a 10-point win over Erskine.

Fr. G Blair Barefoot, Lenoir-Rhyne (2019 Hoggard grad): Reached double figures for the fourth time by scoring 10 points in 13 minutes in a dominant 82-58 victory at Mars Hill on Wednesday.

R-Fr. G Jenson Edwards 2018, High Point (Laney grad): Poured in a career-high 16 points on 7 of 9 shooting from the field and added six assists and five rebounds in a 76-69 victory at Longwood on Jan. 18. 

Laney graduate Jenson Edwards now plays basketball at High Point. [High Point Athletics]

Soph. G Azariah Fields, Mount Olive (2018 New Hanover grad): In four contests, Fields averaged 10.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

Soph. F Kapria Pressley, Brunswick CC (2014 New Hanover grad): Filled the stat sheet with 25 points, eight rebounds, six steals and five assists in a 72-64 loss at Caldwell Tech on Jan. 18.


***Full list of area swimmers in college***

Fr. Brynn Jewell, Old Dominion (2019 New Hanover grad): Won the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10:43.67 and was third in the 500 freestyle in 5:16.50 in a meet against VMI and North Florida on Jan. 18. 


***Full list of area wrestlers in college***

Jr. Harrison Campbell, Duke (2017 West Brunswick grad): Picked up his first victory of the season with a dominant 12-1 major decision at 133 pounds in a 34-7 loss to Fresno State on Jan. 17.

West Brunswick graduate Harrison Campbell now wrestles at Duke. [Duke Athletics]

Jr. Jonathan Miller, UNC Pembroke (2015 Laney grad): Went 4-0 at the Kutztown Duals on Jan. 18, picking up a pair of decisions (7-5 in OT vs. Millersville and 8-3 vs. Pitt-Johnston) and two major decisions (15-5 vs. Kutztown and 10-2 vs. Shippensburg).