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    Swansea guard Danae McNeal
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    Gray Collegiate Academy guard Tommy Bruner
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    Lexington guard Olivia Thompson

Thompson, McNeal and Bruner headed to Carolinas Classic All-Star Basketball Games

   Three of Lexington County’s top basketball players will close out their respective careers facing North Carolina’s best.

   The North Carolina Coaches Association and the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association announced the team rosters for the 2019 Carolinas Classic All-Star Basketball Games, sponsored by House of Raeford Farms FLOCK, the non-profit arm of House of Raeford Farms.

   The 2 games will take place March 23 at John T. Hoggard High School in Wilmington, N.C.

   Guards Olivia Thompson of Lexington and Danae McNeal of Swansea were selected to the girls’ team. Thompson is closing in on 1,900 career points and is headed to the University of South Carolina, while McNeal, a 2-time S.C. Basketball Coaches Association Class 3A Player of the Year, has over 2,500 career points and signed with archrival Clemson University.

   The South Carolina boys’ roster will include guard Tommy Bruner of defending Class 2A champion Gray Collegiate Academy. The War Eagles open defense of their title at 7 p.m. Wednesday against East Clarendon at Allen University, while Thompson and McNeal have advanced to the second round for their respective teams.

  “We are honored to have the best high school basketball student-athletes from our states come to Wilmington to not only compete at a high level in their respective games, but to be involved in outreach activities that touch youth and adults in the community,” said Shell Dula and Phil Weaver, executive directors of the South Carolina and North Carolina Coaches’ Associations, respectively.

  When the student-athletes are not practicing or playing, they will be participating in community service events, including visiting the children’s hospital and rehab center at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and four New Hanover County elementary schools. In addition, they will provide vocal and emotional support to children and adults with disabilities playing baseball at the Miracle League field in Wilmington.

  Tickets to the games will be available in March for purchase online and are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students. Proceeds from the event will benefit Access of Wilmington comprised of the Miracle League, Project SOAR, and Access FIT.



Danae McNeal (Swansea), Olivia Thompson (Lexington), Taylor Britt and Taylor Lewis (both of Spring Valley), Mya Burns (North Augusta), Maliyah Lockett (Westwood), Shayla Nelson (Goose Creek), Brandi Rivers (Orangeburg-Wilkinson) and Asia Smith (Myrtle Beach)


Tommy Bruner (Gray Collegiate), Marlow Gilmore (Hunter-Kinard-Tyler), Trae Hannibal (Hartsville), Charles “Tre” Jackson (Blythewood), Juwan Perdue (Lakewood0, Asanti Price (W.J. Keenan), Trevue Smalls and Ishan White (both of Berkeley), Trey Smith (Landrum) and Malcolm Wilson (Ridge View)


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