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Hometown heroes: College basketball preview 2021-22

By Richard Walker

Several former local products will be playing and coaching college basketball as the 2021-22 season gets into full swing.

Gastonia’s Leonard Hamilton (right) shares a moment with former North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams prior to a Jan. 14, 2017 game at the Dean Smith Center. [Carolina Top Shots photo]
That includes Gastonia’s Leonard Hamilton, a 1966 Highland High graduate and 1968 Gaston College graduate who entered the season as the 75th-winningest men’s basketball coach in NCAA major college history.

Hamilton, who has been a head coach at Oklahoma State, Miami, Fla., and Florida State, entered the season with a 578-438 college coaching record in 33 seasons.

With 22 more victories, Hamilton would have 600 major college coaching victories and move into 63rd on the all-time list that is headed by Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (1,170 wins).

Rounding out the top 10 entering the season were Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim (982), Jim Calhoun (918), former North Carolina coach Roy Williams (903), Bobby Knight (902), Bob Huggins (900), former North Carolina coach Dean Smith (879), Adolph Rupp (876), Jim Phelan 9830) and Rollie Massimino (816).

Here are other men’s college basketball coaches and players from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties:

Anderson: Jeff Brookman (Belmont Abbey 1998 graduate) is a seventh-year head coach for the Trojans.
Appalachian State: Adrian Delph (Kings Mountain 2018) is a senior guard and former East Gaston and Gaston Day standout James Lewis is a senior forward for the mountaineers.
Augusta: Dip Metress (Belmont Abbey 1988) is an 18th-year head coach for the Jaguars.
Austin Peay: Former Lincolnton standout Brett Carey is a first-year associate head coach for the Governors.
Brevard: Michael Peters (Gaston Christian 2020) is a sophomore forward and John Martin (Forestview 2020) a sophomore forward for the Tornados.
Carson-Newman: Caleb Bridgewater (East Gaston 2018) is a junior guard for the Eagles.
Catawba Valley Community College: Demetrius Washington (Mountain Island Charter 2020) is a junior guard for the Red Hawks.
Charleston Southern: Barclay Radebaugh (Lincolnton 1983) is a 17th-year head coach for the Buccaneers.
Connecticut: Former Ashbrook standout Isaiah Whaley is a graduate forward for the Huskies.
Dartmouth: Demilade “Dame” Adelekun (Gaston Day2019) is a junior forward for the Big Green.
Erskine: Jaylen Prioleau (Mountain Island Charter 2019) is a junior guard for the Fleet.
Fayetteville State: Cress Worthy (Huss 2017) is a junior guard for the Broncos.
Gaston College: Dylan Stewart (North Gaston 2021) is a freshman guard and Kirk Scoggins (North Gaston 2020) is a sophomore forward for the Rhinos.
Hood: Troy Fulton (Lincoln Charter 2021) is a freshman guard for the Blazers.
Iowa: Former Belmont Abbey head coach Billy Taylor is in his third year as a Hawkeyes’ assistant coach.
Lees-McRae: Sidney Dollar (East Lincoln 2019) is a junior forward and London England (Lincoln Charter 2018) is a senior forward for the Bobcats.
Mars Hill: Lane Harrill (Cherryville 2020) is a sophomore guard and Lavonte Hughes (Cherryville 2021) is a freshman guard for the Lions.
Milligan: Levontae Knox (Lincoln Charter 2019) and Jackson Gabriel (Lincoln Charter 2019) are junior guards and former Lincoln Charter head coach Brad Gabriels is a first-year assistant coach for the Buffs.
Montreat: Davis Grooms (Lincolnton 2020) is a freshman guard, Sam Brown (East Gaston 2017) a junior forward and Ty Goodson (Burns 2020) a sophomore guard for the Cavaliers.
Newberry: Logan Botts (Forestview 2020) is a freshman guard for the Wolves.
North Georgia: Kody Shubert (Lincoln Charter 2018) is a junior guard for the Nighthawks.
North Greenville: Ayden Baker (South Point 2021) is a freshman forward for the Crusaders.
Ohio State: Former Gardner-Webb head coach Chris Hotlman is a fifth-year head coach for the Buckeyes.
Pitt County Community College: Marcquis Williams (Mountain Island Charter 2021) is a freshman guard for the Bulldogs.
Presbyterian: Eric Wilson (Lincolnton 2004) is a first-year assistant coach for the Blue Hose.
Queens: Quan McCluney (Gaston Day 2018) is a junior guard-forward for the Royals.
Roanoke College: Justin Kuthan (East Lincoln 2020) is a sophomore forward for the Maroons.
Sewanee: John Crump (Gaston Day 2019) is a junior guard-forward for the Tigers.
UNC Asheville: Quay Kimble (Shelby 2017) is a graduate guard for the Bulldogs.
UNC Wilmington: Takayo Siddle (Gardner-Webb 2009) is a second-year head coach for the Seahawks.
Xavier: Former Belmont Abbey assistant coach Jonas Hayes is a fourth year assistant coach for the Musketeers.

Here are the women’s college basketball coaches and players from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties:

Bridgewater: Diamond Huskey (Huss 2018) is a senior forward and Gastonia’s Jessie Wiles is a freshman forward for the Eagles.
Catawba: Jada Davie (Ashbrook 2018) is a senior guard and Emry Tsitouris (Belmont Abbey 2018) is a second-year assistant coach.
Catawba Valley Community College: Kenzley Dunlap (Forestview 2020) is a sophomore guard and Nikkyana McCaskill (Forestview 2015) is a third-year assistant coach for the Red Hawks.
Charlotte: Nicole Woods (Huss 2002, Belmont Abbey 2006) is a ninth-year assistant for the 49ers.
Elon: Evonna McGill (Ashbrook 2018) is a senior center and Charlotte Smith (Shelby 1991) is an 11th-year head coach for the Phoenix.
Gardner-Webb: L’mia Littlejohn (Shelby 2019) is a junior guard for the Bulldogs.
Lees-McRae: Destiny Johnson (East Lincoln 2018) is a senior guard and Olivia King (Gaston Day 2019) is a junior forward for the Bobcats.
Montreat: Alexis Marshall (Crest 2021) is a freshman guard and Vaniyah Petty (Crest 2021) is a freshman forward for the Cavaliers.
Peace: Nautica Falls (Huss 2019) is a junior guard for the Pacers.
Salem: Sydney Bowen (Forestview 2018) is a junior guard for the Spirits.
Tennessee: Catherine Greene (Huss 2004) is a third-year director of basketball operations for the Volunteers.
UNC Pembroke: Zaria Clark (Gaston Day 2021) is a freshman guard for the Braves.