2012 WPDE Mister Hoop Zone Finalists
Darnell Coleman - Mullins (2nd straight Mr. Hoop Zone Finalist appearance)
Mullins shooting guard Darnell Coleman is the Region 8 class 2A player of the year. He averaged 17 points a game his senior season for the Auctioneers. Coleman has more varsity wins than any area player. Through his five year high school career which spans back to the 8th grade, Coleman has 138 victories with only 20 losses. Head Coach Mark Gerald says Coleman is confident in his ability to score and get other teammates involved. Coleman made all-state and will play in the Carolinas All-Star Classic.
Brandon Jones - Wilson
Wilson High senior forward Brandon Jones averaged 17 points and nine rebounds a game for the Tigers this season. According to his head coach DeAndre Scott, "Jones presents match-up problems with his size." At 6-foot-6 he can play any position on the floor. He has the ability to start the fast break finish the break -- usually with some spectacular dunks. This big fella is the younger brother of former Wilson and Gamecocks star Sam Muldrow. Brandon Jones is a two-time All-Region pick and will play in the prestigious North Carolina-South Carolina all-star game later this month. He will likely be a shooting guard in college and is leaning toward a commitment to South Carolina State.
Marqui McKelvy - Marion
6-foot-6 junior Marqui Mckelvy from Marion High is known as a dunk master. He thrills the crowds with his thunderous slams. but that's only the beginning of his story. Mckelvy had nearly 90 blocked shots this season and he cleaned up the glass to the tune of 14 rebounds a game. Mckelvy is the total package. He's a solid ball handler. He can hit the mid range jumper and drain the 3. He is a two-time region 8 class 2A player of the year, two time all-state and the Division I schools are lining up to check out this tremendous talent in Swamp Fox Country.
2012 WPDE Miss Hoop Zone Finalists
Sade Eli - Timmonsville (2nd straight Miss Hoop Zone Finalist appearance)
Timmonsville guard Sade Eli is set to complete her sophomore season with the Whirlwinds. She's already getting looks from major Division I schools. Eli averaged 23 points a game and hauled down a dozen rebounds leading the 'Winds to the 1A state finals. She's already scored more than 1500 points in her career with two years to go. She's a fantastic dribbler and passer on defense. She was good for three steals a game. Head Coach Perry Stokes says everything starts with Sade Eli when it comes to Timmonsville basketball.
Brittany Rowell - Mullins
Mullins senior Brittany Rowell had a phenomenal senior season for the Lady Auctioneers. Rowell led the charge by grabbing 10 boards a game and tickling the twine for 21 points. Rowell helped Mullins win the Region 8 Class 2A title on the way to a third round appearance in the state playoffs. She's a great leaper and ball handler earning her all-state honors. Brittany Rowell will play in the North-South All-Star game.
Khadijah Sessions - Myrtle Beach (2009, 2010 WPDE Miss Hoop Zone)
Khadijah Sessions from Myrtle Beach High is the Class 3A state player of the year. This senior superstar led the area in scoring by averaging nearly 30 points a game. The 5-foot-8 point guard ranks 5th in the history of SC girls basketball in scoring with more than 3,000 points. During her high school career, she guided Myrtle Beach to two state championships and has won the Miss Hoop Zone award two times. She has signed to play college ball with the South Carolina Lady Gamecocks. Khadijah Sessions will play in the Carolinas All-Star Classic.