Lander University has signed two outstanding basketball players from the Lowcountry.

Mac Mitchell became the first Academic Magnet boys basketball player to sign a Division I scholarship when he recently signed to play at Lander, while Chentieh Ladson, West Ashley's career scoring leader, also chose the Greenwood school.

Mitchell, a 6-3 point guard had a big senior season, helping the Raptors finish 14-14.

He averaged 23.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and 3.8 steals per game. He shot 52 percent from the field and 83 percent from the foul line. He was a two-time Region 6-A selection.

Ladson finished her career as West Ashley's all time leading scorer with nearly 1,200 points and helped the Wildcats win their first ever region title with a 7-1 record this winter. Ladson led the team in scoring all four years of her career and averaged

20 points her senior season to earn all-state honors. Ladson was the only local girl selected to play in the Carolinas Classic and was a two-time All-Lowcountry selection.

Bruce almighty

Not too many baseball players wear football shoes while circling the basepaths. But then again, there aren't too many athletes like Berkeley's Bruce Ellington.

He was The Post and Courier's football player of the year and was edged out for basketball player of the year by Fort Dorchester's R.J. Slawson.

Ellington considered playing for the Berkeley soccer team, but decided it wasn't his sport.

He talked to baseball coach Landy Cox about playing baseball and Cox saw the Rickey Henderson of Berkeley County in Ellington.

Ellington is raw, of course because he hadn't played baseball since his childhood days. But he's been en exceptional designated and pinch runner and is 8 for 8 in stolen base attempts wearing his football cleats. In a recent game against Wando, he scored standing up from second on a hit that traveled less than 120 feet and despite using poor base-running technique. He ran from second to third and went home by making a 90-degree cut rather than rounding third base.

"He's one of those kids who has to be doing something or they go crazy," Cox said. "He asked me if he could run the bases or something. He's got a winning attitude. We have a young team. We're 13-8, so we can use someone who knows how to win. He's a good example."

HIT stars

The Hanahan Invitational Tournament all-tournament team included players whose teams reached at least the quarterfinals. Whitewater, Ga., won the baseball tournament final, 4-3, over Belen Jesuit, out of Florida.

Ashley Ridge: Austin Livingston, Lorenzo Wright; Bishop England: Alex Abrams, Jimmy Lindberg; Independence, Tenn.: Brian Miller, Ford Wilson; Hanahan: Bryce Hines, Bret Hines, Hunter Bessinger; James Island: Austin Weekley, Josh Escoffier, Robert Moody; Grassfield, Va.: Jason Carter, Rian Ellis, Cody Cox; Belen Jesuit: Marcos Calderon, Frank Romero, Alex Lavandero, Gio Ayala; Whitewater, Ga. : Garrett Knowles, Josh Baker, Justin Toro, Kyle Dearing, Joel Van Asch (MVP)

Reach Philip M. Bowman at or at 937-5592.