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Weddington point guard Stephanie Watts has amazing career
Stephanie Watts has been called the most successful high school basketball player in Union County history, and has taken the North Carolina High School Athletic Association by storm.
This Weddington High School point guard is the first Union County basketball player to be named by the Associated Press as the Player of the Year for the state of North Carolina.
She is Union County's all-time leading scorer (2,566 points) and broke a NCHSAA’s record with having the most three pointers made in one season at 156 points and she is second in NCHSAA history in career three-pointers with 374 points.
“I have watched Stephanie grow, not only as a basketball player, but also into a young adult over the past fours years,” said UCPS Director of Athletics Doug Jones. “She epitomizes the true student athlete. She will surely take her court skills and become a very successful basketball player at North Carolina. Union County's loss will be the Tar Heels' gain. I wish her the best of luck.”
She has received the nations highest high school basketball honor by being selected to play in the McDonalds All-American game in Chicago. She scored 16 of her 19 points in the second half and made four 3-pointers.
She also played in the Jordan Brand All Star Game at the Barclay Center in New York in April, where she connected on two three-pointers in the final 30 seconds; the second being the game winner.
It’s no secret that she has helped lead the Warriors to the best season in the school’s history, as they finished 29-2, won the Southern Carolina Conference and advanced to the 3A state semifinals. She averaged 29.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 4.7 steals and 2.4 blocks per game.
Stephanie is a 2015 Naismith High School All-American; was named the 2015 North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year; the 2014-15 North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association District 9 Player of Year; named to the 2014-15 North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association First Team All-State; and the 2014-15 NCPreps 3A All-State.
She is a four-time Southern Carolina Conference Player of the Year; a four-time Union County Hoops Player of the Year; made three Quadruple Doubles, which is double figures in points, steals, rebounds and assists. (There have only been four recorded in North Carolina history.)
It’s no wonder that Stephanie will attend UNC-Chapel Hill on a full basketball scholarship.
Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe - UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: May 19, 2015 by Deb Coates Bledsoe