Former Piedmont High basketball star Hunter Tyson is out indefinitely for the Clemson men’s basketball team after fracturing a bone in his face during the Tigers’ win over Alabama on Dec. 12.
Tyson was injured in the first half of the game as he took a knee to the head from an Alabama player. The injury derailed what was a solid performance from Tyson up the that point, as he totaled nine points on 3-of-3 shooting in six minutes played before the incident.
The 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward was averaging 6.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game while shooting 52.6% from the field before the injury. It’s unclear when the junior will be medically cleared to return to the court.
Boggs playing wellFormer Union Academy basketball player Jake Boggs continues to be a double-digit scorer for UNC Wilmington. The 6-foot-7 sophomore is averaging 24.5 minutes per game this season — up from 18.5 per game in 2019-20 — and is making the most of his time on the court.
Through eight games this season, Boggs is fifth on the team in scoring (11.0 ppg) while averaging 3.9 rebounds per game. He has been one of the Seahawks’ most efficient players all season, as he’s currently shooting 51.7% from the field and 45.8% from 3-point range.
The highlight of Boggs’ season came on Dec. 9, when he scored a career-high 25 points in the Seahawks’ win over St. Andrews. Boggs has scored at least 15 points four times this season — the most recent being an 18-point, seven-rebound performance in UNC Wilmington’s win over Norfolk State last Friday.
Watts returns for final year at UNCAfter a year away from the program, former Weddington star Stephanie Watts has returned to the UNC women’s basketball team.
Watts is averaging 23.4 minutes per game this season and has contributed an average of 7.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. This is the first time Watts has suited up for the Tar Heels since the 2018-19 season, when she averaged 15.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
The former ACC Freshman of the Year scored a season-high 21 points against High Point on Nov. 29, but she’s been relatively quiet since. In UNC’s first four ACC games, Watts has averaged just 3.5 points per game while shooting 2-of-20 from the field and 0-of-13 from 3-point range.
Watts is the only McDonald’s high school all-American in Union County history.