Freshmen To Play In East-West All-Star Game
July 15, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - East Carolina women's basketball freshmen Janesha Ebron and Courtney Melvin have been selected to play in the North Carolina East-West All-Star Game, which is scheduled for July 18 at the Greensboro Coliseum. Tipoff is at 6:30 p.m. and the pair will compete as teammates for the East side.
It is the second-straight season in which the Pirates have been represented as sophomore Katie Paschal suited up for the East squad and scored a team-high 10 points in last year's affair.
Ebron, ranked the 61st-best point guard prospect by ESPN HoopGurlz, helped her South Central High School squad to the North Carolina 3A state title game just months ago when the Falcons captured the first championship in school history with a 61-58 overtime victory over Hickory. She scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the contest, earning the game's most valuable player accolades.
The Winterville, N.C., native passed the 1,000-point mark her junior campaign in a game against Wilson Fike and ended her prep career by earning selection to the Associated Press North Carolina All-State Team.
Ebron gathered a plethora of accolades at the end of her junior season. She was named to the 3A Eastern Regional All-Tournament Team and the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association (NCBCA) District 3 First Team as well as racking up All-Coastal Conference and all-county honors. Ebron was a repeat selection to the all-conference team in 2009 while collecting all-county recognition again in 2008 and 2009. The NCBCA also awarded her in 2009 with a spot on the District 3 Third Team.
She also helped the South Central volleyball team to the North Carolina 3A regional championship game in 2010.
Melvin (Elizabethtown, N.C.) was the 31st-best post recruit in the nation as ranked by ESPN HoopGurlz. She led East Bladen High School to the North Carolina 1A and 2A state championship games the last three seasons and was named the MVP for the tournament's east regional on each occasion. The Eagles moved up to the 2A ranks prior to the 2009-10 school year.
Melvin averaged 24.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game her senior year while leading East Bladen to a 30-2 record. She was subsequently named the NCPreps.com 2A Athlete-of-the-Year and North Carolina High School Athletic Association Athlete-of-the-Year.
Current ECU assistant coach Ann Hancock held the school's scoring record with 2,276 points, but Melvin surpassed her during her senior season and left East Bladen with a new standard of 2,502. Melvin finished her prep career with well over 1,000 rebounds - also an East Bladen record.
During her junior season (2009-10), Melvin averaged 24 points and 12 rebounds. In the state title game and regional championship, she combined to register 48 points and 27 rebounds. Additionally, in the Waccamaw Conference Tournament championship contest, she put in 33 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lead the Eagles over North Brunswick.
Melvin earned a breadth of postseason accolades due to her solid play, including 2010 Associated Press All-State Team honors, a NCBCA Region 4 nod, First-Team selection to the Eastern Regional All-Tournament Team, Waccamaw Conference Player-of-the-Year, First-Team All-Waccamaw and Star News and Fayetteville Observer Player-of-the-Year.
Following a sophomore season in which Melvin averaged 19.6 points and 10.7 rebounds per game, she was named to the 1A All-State Team and was recognized as the Southeastern Conference Player-of-the-Year. In addition, Melvin picked up North Carolina Eastern Regional and Star News All-Region recognition.
Melvin began her prep career by putting in 14.4 points and 10.3 rebounds per contest. As a rookie, she was voted East Bladen Basketball MVP. Melvin also earned the first of her three Eastern Regional All-Tournament Team selections while garnering a spot on the Fayetteville Observer and Star News All-Region Teams.