It was another big year for Team TMP, a group of local boys basketball players playing an AAU schedule at the national level. The team, sponsored by Trademark Properties, finished among the top 32 teams in the country after competing in a national tournament in Florida over the summer.
High School teams will soon begin practice, and TMP's influence will be felt on local hardcourts this fall and winter and on college courts next season. Four players on the 17-U team have recently committed to play college ball.
Shaquille Mitchell of Baptist Hill and Darryl Palmer of Timberland both recently committed to play for South Carolina State. Goose Creek standout Raemond Robinson committed to play for The Citadel and Larry Wideman of Green Sea-Floyds committed to play for Furman.
Mitchell and Robinson were first-team All-Lowcountry selections as juniors last season. Robinson averaged 16.1 points, 2.6 assists and 3.7 rebounds. He also was All-Lowcountry in football. Mitchell will be in his fifth year as a starter for the Baptist Hill team. He averaged 18.9 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.7 steals and 4.7 assists as a junior. He's already been a two-year all-state pick.
Timberland's Palmer was a second-team All-Lowcountry selection after averaging 10 points per game to help the Wolves to a 21-3 record.
Wideman is one of the state's top shooting guards and had a 4.36 GPA at the beginning of his senior year. He averaged 17.2 points and was 40 of 80 on 3-pointers as a junior.
Wando rushes to win
The Wando football team rushed for 245 yards Monday night to gain a 17-0 victory at Colleton County.
After being reset because of rain Friday, the field was still soggy as both team combined for only nine passes.
Stephen Wilson led Wando (3-2) with 93 yards rushing on 14 carries. Cameron Rouse scored two touchdowns on six carries and finished with 40 yards. Wando scored on each of its first two possessions in the first half, taking a 10-point lead on a 16-play, 66-yard drive in the first quarter and a 15-play, 68-yard drive in the second, respectively.
Malik Young led Colleton County (0-5) with 33 yards rushing on 13 carries.
The Hunter-Kinard-Tyler vs. Calhoun County football game was postponed because of ants Friday night.
Referee Steve Hook decided H-K-T's field in Orangeburg County was unplayable because of fire ants. Hook said he found about 15 to 20 large active fire ant mounds shortly before the game and was concerned about players, coaches and officials. H-K-T officials tried digging up the ant piles and pouring salt on them before the game was postponed. The field was ready Monday night, but the home team wasn't. Calhoun County posted a 19-8 victory.
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