Mr. Basketball, DaShaun Aiken Signs with Orangeburg-Calhoun Prep
Aiken signs with Orangeburg
Published Wednesday, May 22, 2013 9:59 AM
By Chris Sokoloski
Da’Shaun Aiken, Carvers Bay’s all-time leading scorer in basketball, will spend a year attending Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College and playing basketball for the Orangeburg Calhoun Prep Academy.
“It means a lot,” Aiken said. “It’s a new beginning.”
“Da’Shaun is an incredible kid,” Bears coach Jeff Mezzatesta said. “He’s got a lot of talent. He’s got a lot of possibility in front of him. If he really finds himself he has the possibility of really going far.”
Aiken has been playing basketball since he was about 5 and loves everything about it.
“It’s more than just a game, it’s a passion,” he said. “It will teach you how to be a man.”
Aiken also spent a few springs running track for the Bears, and played football.
“I love them both but now I’ll just concentrate on basketball,” he said.
“He loves football. He loves basketball,” Mezzatesta said. “It’s just a matter of being able to put it all together on the floor. Having the time now to dedicate to one sport, I think that’s going to be huge for him.”
Aiken expects the biggest transition to college will be “meeting new people and knowing everybody around me has my same ability.”
After a year at Orangeburg, Aiken hopes to get a scholarship at a four-year school. All but two players from this year’s Tech team signed with larger schools.
Mezzatesta said Aiken has a real shot at getting an offer from a Division II school.
“The whole purpose of going to Orangeburg-Tech is to go one year and get your grades where they need to be so you can get out quick and get [to a] four-year. I think that’s his big hope,” Mezzatesta said. “[He’s] got one year to make a splash.”
Aiken is interested in studying sports management.
Laurens County Player of the Year, Dra Cunningham Signs with OC-Prep
Five Laurens Raiders sign national letters of intent
- Published on Friday, May 17 2013 23:29
- Written by Jennifer Brown
Five Laurens Raider seniors inked national letters of intent Monday; Dra Cunningham and Tyrez Young for basketball and Shannon Smith, Di’Markus Sanders and Christian Burton for baseball.
Cunningham signed to play basketball at Orangeburg Calhoun Prep Academy. The position he plans to hold, though a forward for the Raiders, is between shooting guard and forward.
Cunningham averaged 14.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, as well as shooting better than 50 percent from the field and 70 percent from the free-throw line. He was recently selected to the 2012-2013 boys and girls All-County basketball teams.
A major deciding factor for Cunningham was the promising academic potential Orangeburg Calhoun Prep Academy offered.
“They have a huge library and over 72 computers so I felt like it would be a good way to keep my grades up,” Cunningham said.
After Orangeburg Prep, Cunningham would like to attend the University of South Carolina and pursue a degree in criminal justice.
Seth McKelvey Signs with Motlow
Motlow Bucks add South Carolina forward Seth McKelvey to men's basketball roster
June 20, 2014
Motlow College head men's basketball coach Matt Sligh recently announced that North Charleston, S.C., power forward Seth McKelvey will be part of the Bucks' program when the team begins preparation for the upcoming season this fall.
McKelvey is a 6'7", 240-pound inside presence who comes to Lynchburg from Orangeburg-Calhoun Prep School in Orangeburg, S.C., following an outstanding prep career at RB Stall High School in North Charleston.
"We are excited to welcome Seth to our program," said Sligh. "He will provide our team with a low-block scoring presence and is an outstanding rebounder. Seth trusted me and our program to be the best fit for him academically and athletically, despite heavy recruitment from schools closer to his hometown as well as programs across the country."
While at RB Stall, McKelvey garnered a number of honors, including being rated the #11 prospect in the state by Scout.com. He averaged 12.2 points, 12 rebounds and 4.3 blocked shots per game as a senior and was named all-state. McKelvey was selected to the All-Region VII team after his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.
Following his high school career he headed to Orangeburg-Calhoun Prep, where he played for Head Coach Scott Weaver. Seth was instrumental in leading Orangeburg to a 25-14 record, including games where he pulled down 15 rebounds and a school-record 17 rebounds.
"Seth is a young man of really good character and he has tremendous upside on the basketball court," said Weaver. "He is a true post player with a very good offensive skill set, including the ability to finish at the rim with either hand and excellent footwork. In addition, he can step out and hit the 18-foot jump shot.
"I am really pleased with Seth's decision to continue his education and basketball career at Motlow College playing for Coach Sligh," Weaver added. "We were really lucky to have Seth play for us this season. I think his best basketball is yet to come."
The Bucks finished with a 14-14 record in 2013-14, Sligh's first season, and advanced to the TCCAA/RegionVII Tournament semifinals before being eliminated by eventual champion Columbia State 122-121 in double overtime.
McKelvey will join an already-impressive roster that should include returning sophomores Kytrel Williams, Jordan Riley, Greg Mason, Reggie Williams, C.J. McEwen and All-American Dequon Miller. Redshirt freshmen Dezon Dozier and Jahaad Lyons will also step into varsity roles.
Clinton Junior College drops OC-Prep to 20-5 on the season.
Clinton Junior College 95, Orangeburg-Calhoun Prep 85
ROCK HILL — Will Daniels scored 20 of his 24 points for the Gladiators in the first half.
Russell Famble provided 17 points while Brannon Dark recorded 10 points and 13 rebounds. Caleb McLaughlin also had 10 points in the loss. Jamie Portee chipped in with seven assists.
OC Prep (20-5) will travel to Columbia to take on Gray Military Academy at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
OC-Prep Plays #5 Juco in the Nation down to the wire
Spartanburg Methodist College 75, Orangeburg-Calhoun Prep 62
SPARTANBURG — Spartanburg Methodist College outlasted Orangeburg-Calhoun Prep in the final game of the 7th Annual Pioneer Swanny Classic on Sunday 75-62. OC-Prep was led by Dra Cunningham with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Other double digit scorers for the Gladiators were David Carter 12 and Harold Langley 10.
SMC, the #5 ranked school in the National NJCAA D1 poll was led by DaQuan Jefferies with 25, Jalin Alexander 24, and former OC-Prep star Brannon Dark with Nine points. OC-Prep falls to 6-3 on the season and plays again tomorrow at 7:00 p.m at USC-Salkehatchie.
Orangeburg-Calhoun Prep Defeats Gray Military in Much Anticipated Showdown
MEN’S POST GRAD BASKETBALL
Orangeburg-Calhoun Prep 85, Gray Military 83
COLUMBIA — The Gladiators handed Gray Military their second loss of the year with an overtime win at Keenan High.
In a match-up pitting the top two Prep Schools in South Carolina against each other. Second ranked OC-Prep top off the top ranked rival.
With a 36-35 lead at the half, the Gladiators weren’t able to hold the lead as they were tied at 75-75 at the end of regulation.
Russell Famble led OCPA with 24 points and 17 rebounds in the upset. Shykeem Marlow had 15 points in the win while Brannon Dark added 13 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks including the block to win the game. Caleb McLaughin provided 12 points in the victory.
The Gladiators (6-3) will travel to Port City Academy in Charleston on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
OC-Prep Gladiators Defeat local Region X Juco in 2012-2013 Opener
November 02, 2012 12:15 am
Orangeburg-Calhoun Prep 94, Denmark Tech 93 (F/OT)
Trailing by as many as 12 points, the Gladiators defeated the Panthers in overtime.
Russell Famble led OCPA with 22 points and six rebounds including the game-tying 3-point to force overtime.
Shykeem Marlow had 19 points, four rebounds and two steals while Brannon Dark finished the night with a double-double consisting of 15 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. Caleb McLaughlin added 14 points. Dark and Marlow had a "Bird to DJ" moment at the end of the Overtime period as Dark scored a lay-up and stole the in-bounds, saving it to Marlow who attacked from the wing and connected on a reverse lay-up with 6 seconds left.
The Gladiators (1-0) will play in the Aiken Tech Tip-Off Classic in Aiken against Aiken Tech tonight at 8 p.m. They will also play USC Salkehatchie on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Weaver Looks to Take OC-Prep Program to National Level
May 23, 2013 – 01:06 PM
Former OPS standout, CA coach Weaver named OCPA hoops coach
Scott Weaver strategically placed himself in the stands at the Lake Marion Gym in December with clipboard in hand.
The former Orangeburg Prep standout and Calhoun Academy coach looked on hoping to find the next Gladiator to boost the relatively new program at Orangeburg-Calhoun Prep Academy. His passion for and knowledge of the game were just a couple of the reasons that Weaver was promoted from assistant to head coach for the Gladiators.
Weaver takes over for Jacob Laurie who led the team to a 35-14 record over the last two years. Now, Laurie will be taking over at Columbia Prep. Now with Weaver at the helm, it’s his hope to take what he’s learned as a player and as a coach and help his team continue to have success.
“I think my previous experiences taught me how to run a program and how not to run a program,” Weaver said. “I can draw from all my stops as a player and and as a coach and kind of reach back and see how Coach (Steve) Barker at Brewton-Parker did stuff, how David Conrad at Newberry did stuff as well as (Jacob) Laurie at OCtech and kind take the good and the bad and weed out what I thought was maybe bad karma for the guys and incorporate some things from all three of those programs and all three of their philosophies.”
Weaver was named to the position following Laurie’s departure by director of basketball operations and former North High head coach Cedrick Simpson, who believes that what Weaver brings to the table can elevate the program to new heights.
“He’s a positive guy and he’s from the area,” Simpson explained. “So, he knows a whole lot of kids in the area and he’s willing to go anywhere to get kids. With him, the sky’s the limit. I could see him coaching college basketball. So, his direction for OCPA is what we really needed and I think he’ll do a great job.”
Like any basketball program, the foundation of its success is recruiting. So far, the Gladiators have done well in bringing in quality players from across the state. From Brannon Dark and Caleb McLaughlin to recently signed Carl Heyward of Bethune-Bowman and Tauree Curry of Orangeburg-Wilkinson, the Gladiators will look to bring in talented players in hopes of moving them to the next level.
“The bottom line is getting guys signed and getting guys to the next level,” Weaver said. “That’s how this prorgram is going to grow. That’s how any prep school is going to grow. Oak Hill is at the level they’re at because of the fact that they send 10 guys a year to D-I programs. We’re not there yet, but we are sending guys to D-II. We are sending guys to the next level. Hopefully, we’re going to send some guys to D-I level in the next couple of years and, honestly, we had two guys that were D-I’s this year. But it comes back to academics. Basketball here will take care of itself. That’s based on the players we recruit.”
The Gladiators already have their sights set on next season when they’ll play the likes of Allen and Mt. Zion Christian. With the work that lies ahead of this program to get players on a higher plateau, Weaver has already hit the ground running.
“Weaver’s already started,” Simpson said. “Weaver never stopped. That’s why he deserved the title he has because he doesn’t ever stop. You can see Weaver at AAU games, high school games, he’s going to be there. He always shows his face and he’s always in the right place. Honestly, it’s up to him how far the program goes. This guy has a motor out of this world. He’s going to work hard.”
May 22, 2013 10:23 pm •
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