North Carolina women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell will make an in-house visit at the end of the month to talk with Goose Creek standout N'Dea Bryant and her family, and Bryant will make an official visit to Chapel Hill in mid-October. But the visits are just a formality. Bryant has committed to play for the Tar Heels and said she will sign with the school in November.
Bryant, a 6-0 senior, picked UNC over Florida State, Georgia Tech, Clemson and South Carolina.
Bryant played in two straight state championship games, helping the Gators win the Class AAAA title during the 2009-10 season.
"I've also had two really good years playing AAU basketball and that has helped get my name out there," Bryant said. "But North Carolina has been looking at me since I was a freshman. It's a great honor and a dream come true. Not too many girls from Goose Creek or Charleston get to play major college basketball."
Said Goose Creek coach Tim Baldwin: "She grew up a Tar Heel fan. I told her to make sure this was not a childhood dream, that it was something that she still wanted. She's made an educated decision. She went to camp over the summer and that's what sold her. She got to meet some of the recruits in her class and they got along well."
Hatchell will begin her 25th season as coach of the Tar Heels and has led the program to eight ACC titles and one national championship (1994).
Bryant, the No. 40 prospect in the country, according to ESPNU, averaged 11 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 4.3 assists per game.
Athletics is just half the package. Academics are important for Bryant, who is an A-B honor-roll student.
"Academics are the most important thing for me," Bryant said. "I want to be in sports medicine, and you can't go wrong with a degree from UNC or any ACC school. I knew academics would be important. It's the first things coaches asked about. They wanted to see my transcripts."
Five local schools have been awarded a national award of excellence certificate for good sportsmanship.
The schools are Goose Creek, Beaufort, Bluffton, Academic Magnet and Charleston Charter.
The award is presented by the National Federation of State High School Associations and its Citizenship Committee.
Each school in the state was asked to nominate a school in its region that represented outstanding sportsmanship. Game officials' reports of each school was used to determine the winners.
Porter-Gaud girls win tennis tourney
The Porter-Gaud girls took first place in a 16-team field at the Bishop England Invitational tournament. After blanking Aiken, 6-0, the Cyclones advanced with 5-1 wins over Bishop England and Christ Church to set up a final date with rival Ashley Hall on Sunday. The Cyclones prevailed, 4-3, in a match that was eventually decided by doubles play.