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Providence Day basketball alumni making their mark on the college game
Posted 12/21/2018 06:30PM

Over the past decade, the Providence Day boys and girls basketball programs have accomplished numerous CISAA conference championships as well as NCISAA state championships. No one can question the Chargers have one of the best and most successful basketball programs in the state of North Carolina. Over the years, Brian Field, Head Coach and Program Head of the boys program and Josh Springer, Head Coach and Program Head of the girls program, have accomplished these championships by developing a culture of basketball excellence here at PDS. This includes instilling a strong work ethic, teaching sound fundamentals, developing a high basketball IQ, and establishing a love and passion for the game. This level of excellence is probably best reflected in the current college basketball season. 

The most recent NCAA men's rankings has the University of Kansas Jayhawks in the #1 position and the University of Tennessee Volunteers sitting at #3. In the women's rankings, the University of Texas Longhorns come in at #12. The one thing in common with these three programs is a Providence Day basketball alum. At the University of Kansas, Charger grad Devon Dotson, class of 2018, and a freshman guard for the Jayhawks, is currently starting and averaging 11 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. Devon is also averaging 33 minutes a game while shooting .525% from the floor and .400% from the 3-point line. It certainly appears that Devon is continuing his college play where he left off at Providence Day as a three-time all-state and four-time all-conference selection, including CISSA Conference Player of the Year in 2017-18. He concluded his high school career as the Charger all-time leading scorer with 2,607 points. The future looks pretty bright for the Jayhawks with Devon leading the way.

While Devon is just beginning his college career, Providence Day's Grant Williams, class of 2016, has already established himself at the University of Tennessee as one of the best players in college basketball. In just two seasons, his list of accomplishments is impressive. Aside from earning numerous SEC and various media "Player of the Week" awards, Grant has also collected:

  • 2018 NIT Season Tip-Off All-Tournament Team
  • 2018-19 Preseason SEC Player of the Year (Sports Illustrated, SEC Media, Lindy's, Blue Ribbon)
  • 2018-19 Preseason All-America Second Team (Athlon Sports)
  • 2018-19 Preseason All-America Third Team (Blue Ribbon, Lindy's)
  • 2018-19 Preseason All-SEC First Team (SEC Coaches, SEC Media, Athlon Sport, Blue Ribbon)
  • 2018 SEC Player of the Year
  • 2018 AP All-American Team (Honorable Mention)
  • 2018 All-SEC First Team (Coaches)
  • 2018 All-SEC First Team (AP, unanimous)
  • 2018 NABC All-District 21 Team
  • 2018 USBWA All-District IV Team
  • 2018 Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Male Amateur Athlete of the Year
  • 2018 SEC Community Service Team
  • 2017-18 Preseason All-SEC (Coaches, second team)2017 
  • SEC All-Freshman Team (Coaches)
  • SEC Co-Freshman of the Week (Feb. 13, 2017)
Currently, the Volunteers are 8-1 (only loss was against Kansas) and Grant is continuing his impressive play averaging 19.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game. He's also averaging 32 minutes a game and shooting .571% from the floor, .467% from 3-point land, and .797 at the free throw line. To those who had the pleasure of watching Grant play at Providence Day, the above list of accomplishments is no surprise, especially when you consider what he accomplished as a Charger. Grant averaged 15.8 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 3.0 blocks and 0.5 steals per game en route to Associated Press All-State honors for the second year in a row. He was one of only four players ever to be named The Charlotte Observer's Player of the Year in back-to-back years (2015 and 2016). And in 2016 Grant powered Providence Day to the 2016 North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A state championship where the Chargers finished the season with a 30-4 record (a school record for victories) and won 20 straight games. It only took two seasons for Grant to establish himself as one of the very best players in college basketball and probably why we'll see him in an NBA uniform next year.

While two Providence Day alum are represented in two of the top three teams in men's basketball, Jatarie White, class of 2014, is starting center for the #12 ranked University of Texas Longhorns women's basketball team. Jatarie was a redshirt Junior during the 2017-2018 season where she played in each of the team's 35 games with 34 starts on the year. She averaged 22.3 minutes per game, which tied for fifth on the team. Jatarie also averaged 10.8 points per game, was second on the team with 5.9 rebounds per game and posted 10 blocks on the year. She was the team's leader in field-goal percentage at 54.4 percent [161-of-296], which ranked sixth in the Big 12 Conference and also led the team in rebounds with 207 which ranked her 15th in the conference. Perhaps her best game was against the #1 ranked University of Connecticut Huskies where she was a dominant force in the post scoring a team-high 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting and a 2-of-2 clip from the free-throw line, and adding six rebounds. Jatarie's senior year is also starting off strong with her averaging 11 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.6 blocked shots and 2.1 steals per game. She is shooting .551% from the floor and .723 from the free throw line.

Jatarie's accomplishments at the college level are no surprise. She is one of the most accomplished athletes to graduate from Providence Day. As a senior Charger, she averaged 21.4 points and 8.7 rebounds per game while shooting 68 percent from the field. During her tenure, she helped Providence Day to four state titles. She was rated the No. 7 player overall and the top post player in the 2014 recruiting class. Along with her impressive ranking, Jatarie earned WBCA and McDonald's High School All-American status. She was tabbed North Carolina Ms. Basketball and All-Observer [Charlotte] Player of the Year in both her junior [2012-13] and senior [2013-14] seasons. Her senior year concluded with her being named to the USA Today All-USA North Carolina First Team. With Jatarie in the post surrounded by a talented group of players, the Longhorns are set to compete for the Big 12 Conference championship.

Devon, Grant and Jatarie are all playing and contributing for nationally ranked teams but Providence Day also has a number of alumni who are putting up impressive numbers for their unranked basketball programs.  

Mathew Lee, Class of 2015
Senior 
Sewanee - The University of the South

CURRENT SEASON 2018-19
Averaging 7.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game...Shooting .429% from the floor, .318% from 3-point range, and .667% from the free throw line.

JUNIOR SEASON 2017-18
Played and started in all 25 games … Averaged 30.8 minutes per game with 769 minutes played … Scored 165 points on the year, averaging 6.6 points per game … Shot 61-of-166 (.367) from the field … Shot 22-of-92 (.239) from 3-point range … Shot 21-of-28 (.750) from the free throw line … Collected 104 rebounds (4.2 per game) … Had 20 blocks … Made four steals … Recorded 24 assists …

SOPHOMORE SEASON 2016-17
Played in 26 games … Averaged 7.4 minutes per game with 103 minutes played … Scored 18 points on the year … Shot 6-of-28 (.214) from the field … Shot 5-of-17 (.294) from 3-point range … Shot 1-of-2 from the free throw line … Collected 16 rebounds … Had one block ... Made four steals ... Recorded four assists ...

FRESHMAN SEASON 2015-16
Played in 14 games … Averaged 12.0 minutes per game with 313 minutes played … Scored 100 points on the year, averaging 3.8 points per game … Shot 32-of-69 (.464) from the field … Shot 2-of-19 (.105) from 3-point range … Shot 34-of-46 (.739) from the free throw line … Collected 35 rebounds (1.3 per game) … Had nine blocks ... Made 13 steals ... Recorded 11 assists.

Joshua Howard, Class of 2016
Junior
Brown University

CURRENT SEASON 2018-19
Averaging 20 minutes per game...shooting .567% from the floor, .400% from the 3's, and .677% from the free throw line. Grabbing 5.5 rebounds and averaging 8.8 points per game.

SOPHOMORE SEASON 2017-18
Scored a season high 19 points and grabbed six against Quinnipiac, while connecting on 7-of-12 field goals…Pulled down a season high seven rebounds against Northwestern and St. Francis-Brooklyn…Tossed in 13 points and handed out a career high five assists in Brown’s win over Marist…Scored 10 points and pulled down six rebounds vs. Princeton…Made a season high three steals vs. Central Connecticut.

FRESHMAN SEASON 2016-17
Averaged 8.7 points per game, second among returning players...Also pulled down 4.2 rebounds per game...Named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for his performance in wins over Bryant, St. Francis Brooklyn and Central Connecticut...Started 22 of 30 games...Ranked fourth in the Ivy League and led Brown in field goal percentage (.518)...Scored in double figures 11 times...Scored a career high 20 points against Morgan State, connecting on 8-of-11 field goals...Posted a double-double against Cornell with 10 points and 11 rebounds...Scored 19 points and had six rebounds vs. St. Francis-Brooklyn...Netted 18 points in a win over Bryant...Scored 10 points and made five steals against Penn.

Isaac Johnson, Class of 2016
Junior
Appalachian State University

CURRENT SEASON 2018-219
Averaging 28 minutes per game..10.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 2.8 steals per game...shooting .527% from the floor and .585 from the free throw line.

SOPHOMORE SEASON 2017-18
Played and started in all 33 games...Averaged 7.3 points, while leading the team and ranking fourth in the Sun Belt in rebounding, averaging 8.4 rpg...Registered 13 double digit rebounding games. Also had four double-doubles...Pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds (five offensive) at James Madison on November 22...Poured in a season-best 13 points, while adding 12 rebounds and two steals versus South Alabama on February 15...Had 10 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two steals against Arkansas State on January 27. Of his 12 rebounds, seven came on the offensive glass...Went a perfect 5-of-5 from the field to finish with 10 points and six rebounds at VCU on November 28.

FRESHMAN SEASON 2016-17
Appeared in 30 games during his freshman campaign, logging four starts and a 20.7 minutes per game average along the way....Averaged 6.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, leading the team on the boards and ranked first in steals with 34 and second in blocks with 16...Became the first freshman in program history to lead the team in rebounding since Mel Hubbard (1975-75) 41 seasons ago....Was one of two freshmen in the entire country to lead his team in both rebounding and steals...Led the team in rebounding on 12 occasions....Reached double-digit rebounds on four separate occasions including a career-high 11 boards against Texas State and Georgia State...Posted his first career double-double at Charlotte on Nov. 28 with 12 points and 10 rebounds....Achieved a career-high 14 points on 6-for-8 shooting from the floor at UTA on Jan. 2.

Tori Powell, Class of 2016
Redshirt Sophomore
UNC-Greensboro

SOPHOMORE SEASON 2017-18
Did not appear in a game, earning a redshirt.

FRESHMAN SEASON 2016-17
Competed at LIU Brooklyn for one season and recorded a career-high eight points twice against Yale and No. 7 Ohio State and recorded a career-high four rebounds against UMBC and St. Francis ... recorded 84 points, 31 rebounds and 27 assists and averaged 18.3 minutes.

Erin Whalen, Class of 2016
Redshirt Junior
University of Dayton

JUNIOR SEASON 2018-19 
Sat out her junior season due to transfer rules

SOPHOMORE SEASON 2017-18 (Vanderbilt)
Averaged 7.4 points and 1.8 rebounds in 31 games...Shot 39% from the field, 35% from the three point line, and 100% from the free throw line...Finished with a career high 25 points vs. No.10 South Carolina...Hit a career high five three-pointers against Alabama

FRESHMAN SEASON 2016-17 (Vanderbilt)
Named to SEC All-Freshman Team...Averaged 9.1 points and 2.8 rebounds in 29 games with 10 starts...Shot 42% from the field, 39% from three, and 86% from the free throw line...Scored 24 points (then a career high) against Ole Miss, followed this performance with a 20 point game against Arkansas...Averaged a team-best 18.3 ppg in Vanderbilt's 4 SEC Conference wins...Named to All-Tournament team at the Air Force Classic, after averaging 15.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 2 games

Janelle Bailey, Class of 2017
Sophomore
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

CURRENT
Averaging 29.9 minutes per game...scoring 16.2 points and 9.1 rebounds per game...shooting .494% from the floor and .745% from the free throw line.

FRESHMAN SEASON 2017-18
2018 ACC Freshman of the Year • Honorable Mention All-ACC • Seven-time ACC Rookie of the Week selection • Named to preseason ACC Newcomer Watch List • Started all 31 games and led all ACC freshman in scoring, rebounding and double-doubles • Averaged 15.3 points and 9.1 rebounds per game • Led the ACC with 3.6 offensive rebounds per game • ACC Ranks: third in 10-rebound games (16), 4th in rebounding, 5th in double-doubles (13), 5th in defensive rebounds (5.5), 11th in blocked shots (1.2), 13th in scoring and 20th in minutes played (32.3) • Reached double figures scoring in 28 of 31 games • Best game of the season was a 30-point, 19-rebound performance at Wake Forest • The 19 rebounds was the most by a UNC player in nine seasons and the second most in the ACC in 2017-18 • Had a pair of 25-point performances against Hartford and Syracuse.

Isaac Suffern, Class of 2018
Freshman
Lafayette University

CURRENT SEASON
Averaging 18.8 minutes playing time...5.9 points and 3.2 rebounds per game...shooting .391% from the floor and .739% from the free throw line.

Trey Wertz, Class of 2018
Freshman
Santa Clara University

CURRENT SEASON 2018-2019
Averaging 29.7 minutes playing time...11.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game...shooting .405% from the floor, .250% from the 3-point line, and .727% from the free throw line. 

Kennedy Boyd, Class of 2018
Freshman
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

CURRENT SEASON
Has played limited minutes so far as a Freshman...Point guard and team captain for three NCISAA state championship teams at Providence Day School...2018 CISAA Player of the Year and a McDonald’s All-American nominee as a senior 

 

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