Athens Drive girls basketball standout Keisha Gatling has committed to UNC-Charlotte.
Keisha Gatling, Athens Drive girls basketball, senior
The state's all-time leader in field goal percentage for a season has made her college pick. Keisha Gatling, a 6-4 center for Athens Drive, will play for UNC-Charlotte next season.
This season, Gatling averaged 15.7 points per game for the 24-5 Lady Jaguars. She made 74.1 percent of her shots (189 of 255), which broke a 10-year old state record. The number is believed to be one of the top 10 marks in the nation.
Gatling, ranked as the 25th-best center in the country by ESPN Rise, had widespread offers, but Charlotte was one of the first to offer (doing so in Gatling's junior year).
Gatling was first team all-conference in each of her past two years. She will officially sign with Charlotte on Wednesday.
Athens Drive center Keisha Gatling is the Tri-Nine's lone representative in the 13th annual Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic.
Gatling averged 15.7 points per game for the 24-5 Lady Jaguars. She broke the state record for field goal percentage in a year with 74.1 percent.
At 6-foot-4, Gatling holds offers from several Division I colleges. Among them are N.C. State, Xavier and Charlotte.
The boys and girls all-star games are set for March 20 at Socastee High in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Athens Drive post player Keisha Gatling now holds the state record for field goal percentage in a season.
Gatling made 189 of her 255 field goal attempts this year — an unheard of 74.1 percent from the floor. That number breaks the previous high of 72.2 percent by Chiquita Currie of St. Pauls during the 1999-2000 season.
The stat has been reported to the NCHSAA by The Cary News.
Connor Belicic, senior, Apex basketball
Things have been quiet this year for boys basketball recruiting, one
year removed from having six area players go on to Division I.
However, it should be noted that Guilford College assistant Nick
Pendergraft was in attendance at the Panther Creek-Apex game to see
guard Connor Belicic (left).
Belicic is averaging 12 points per game for 13-4 Apex.
Guilford College, last year’s third-place finisher in the Division III
national championship, already has players from Cary High and Green
Hope on the roster.
Matt Frongello, senior, Middle Creek soccer
Nader Jaibat, senior, Green Hope soccer
At least two local soccer players will sign the dotted line for next
year, as Middle Creek’s Matt Frongello (left) and Green Hope’s Nader Jaibat
(right) have committed to play in college.
Frongello will play at Wofford next year, while Jaibat has committed to N.C. State.
Jaibat led his team with 15 goals and added six assists for the 19-2-4
Falcons that finished runner-up in the state 4-A championship.
Frongello had 17 goals and eight assists to take Middle Creek to a
10-7-4 record and its best conference finish in school history. In the
fall, there was talk that Frongello could also double as a
kicker/punter on the Wofford football team.
Frongello launched more than half of his kickoffs into the end zone for
touchbacks and hit a 47-yard field goal as time expired to defeat Lee
Kristen Gaffney, sophomore, Green Hope basketball
To date, Kristen Gaffney, a.k.a. the triple-double queen (four to date) has had coaches from Clemson, N.C. State and North Carolina on hand to watch her games. Gaffney (left) is averaging more than 26 points per game, and could be the area's top scorer at season's end.
Keisha Gatling, senior, Athens Drive basketball
State, Miami and Maryland as well as Louisville, Charlotte, East
Carolina, Xavier and South Carolina.
Gatling stands six-feet-four inches and is ranked by ESPN as the 25th
best center in the country. She is averaging 14.8 points per game for
the 14-3 Jaguars.