Posted: 2:37 pm Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Wellington boys’ hoops to play in national holiday hoops tournament 

By Jeff Greer

The Wellington boys’ basketball team will take its talents to … Spartanburg, S.C. this winter. Bad jokes aside, the Wolverines were happy to be invited to the third annual Upward Classic, a holiday hoops tournament that will be played at Dorman Arena from Dec. 27-30.

Wellington finished 17-9 a year ago. The Wolverines will get some nice, challenging competition from the Upward Classic.

Twelve schools from five states will participate in the tournament. The rest of the field includes schools from all over the south:

Dorman (Roebuck, S.C.)
Carter (Strawberry Plains, Tenn.)
East Hall (Gainesville, Ga.)
Gaffney (S.C.)
Irmo (Columbia, S.C.)
Logan (W.V.)
Olympic (Charlotte, N.C.)
South Gwinnett (Snellville, Ga.)
Spartanburg (S.C.)
Terry Sanford (Fayetteville, N.C.)
Waddell (Charlotte, N.C.)

The tournament will feature multiple college prospects.

Waddell High brings Georgia State-bound center Jervon Pressley and 6-6 wing Tony Menton. Olympic guards Travis Morgan and Allerik Freeman, a Florida recruit, are 2012 and 2013 prospects, respectively. Terry Sanford’s Chris Wilson, a senior point guard, is St. Joseph’s bound.

Irmo point guard Jordan Roper is a mid-major-level prospect.

South Gwinnett produced two five-star prospects in Louis Williams, who now plays for the Philadelphia 76ers, and Mike Mercer, who played for both Georgia and USF in his college career. Another famous alum of South Gwinnett: former Butler forward Avery Jukes, who scored 10 points in the national title game against Duke in April.

Logan High sent four-star guard Noah Cottrill to West Virginia after last season. Cottrill will be a freshman for the Mountaineers this year and has been tabbed as WVU’s point guard of the future.

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