Athletic Accolades


Word of God Christian Academy has an impressive athletic history of individual and team accomplishments. The Holy Rams have won numerous North Carolina Independent State Athletic Association State Championships in both men’s and women’s basketball as well as varsity football.  Individual and relay state championships have also been won in men’s and women’s track and field.  Complete lists will be posted in the near future.

The list of alumni who have played or are currently playing collegiate basketball is lengthy and a complete list will be posted on this website in the near future.

Two WOGCA alumni are currently playing in the N.B.A.  John Wall is entering his fourth N.B.A. season and was the number one overall pick in the 2010 N.B.A. draft  by the Washington Wizards, after a stellar basketball career at WOGCA, and the University of Kentucky.  C.J. Leslie is starting his first season as a member of the New York Knicks following an outstanding basketball career at WOGCA, and North Carolina State University.

 

Information retrieved from http://www.pittsburghpanthers.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/josh_newkirk_853329.html

THE STORYLINE

Josh Newkirk is a quick, strong and athletic player who is explosive going to the rim. Considered by many to be the top point guard in North Carolina in the Class of 2013, he possesses the ability to beat his defender off the dribble and get to the basket and can play both guard positions. Quick and athletic, Newkirk’s strengths include his ability to beat his man off the dribble and finish above the rim, his great feel for the game and easily transitions from a playmaker to a scorer. He owns a presence at his position and has a headstrong game that coaches want out of a playmaker. Newkirk uses his quickness to get into the lane at will with a tremendous crossover dribble. His ball handling and passing are solid, he doesn’t try to force things and he can hit the open jumper off the catch or dribble with range to the arc. He is also a good defender who plays with energy, pressures the ball and anticipates in the passing lanes. Once he limits his turnovers and consistently knocks down jump shots, he can be a tough player to guard.

2013-14

Named to the All-ACC Academic Team…Played in all 36 games off the bench at point or off guard…Registered one 20-point game (NC State) and reached double figure scoring in five contests on year (vs. Wake Forest, NC State, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Savannah State)…Over the season’s last 10 games, averaged 6.4 points in 19.5 minutes played per game…Averaged 16.7 minutes per game in ACC play…Scored eight points (3-6 FG), hit 2-3 3-pointers in 24 minutes of NCAA Tourney game vs. Florida, 3/22…Tied school record for most consecutive 3-pointers made with seven from March 1-March 8 (2 at Notre Dame, 5 vs. NC State, at Clemson)…Scored 10 points (4-6 FG) with five assists in 24 minutes vs. Wake Forest, 3/13…Hit game-tying jumper at the buzzer to send the game into overtime, finished with four points and a career-high three steals in 20 minutes at Clemson, 3/8…Scored a career-high 20 points (7-8 FG), converted a perfect 5-5 from 3-point range in a career-high 34 minutes played vs. NC State, 3/3. His 5-5 3-point day ranked among the school’s top-8 3-point shooting performances…Finished with eight points (3-4 FG), hit 2-2 3-pointers and dished out two assists in 20 minutes at Notre Dame, 3/1…Played 22 productive minutes, scored three points, grabbed two rebounds and dished out three assists at Boston College, 2/26…Scored a career-high tying 11 points (3-7 FG), hit a 3-pointer and a career-high 4-5 free throws in a career-high 27 minutes vs. Virginia Tech, 2/8…Scored 10 points, hit 4-4 field goals (2-2 3FG) with three assists vs. Clemson, 1/21…Finished with eight points (3-4 FG, 2-2 3FG) with two assists in 18 minutes played vs. Maryland, 1/6…Played 14 minutes, hit a 3-pointer and scored five points in his hometown of Raleigh at NC State, 1/4…Scored nine points (4-6 FG) in 19 minutes vs. Youngstown State, 12/14…Registered a career-high seven assists vs. Loyola Marymount, 12/6…Played a career-high 25 minutes, finished with five points and three rebounds vs. Penn State, 12/3…Scored career-high 11 points (4-6 FG), hit a then career-high 3-3 3-point field goals in season opener and debut game vs. Savannah State, 11/8.

HIGH SCHOOL

A 2013 graduate of Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C. where he played for head coach Quentin Jackson…Led Word of God Academy to a NCISAA Class 1A state championship and a 25-2 overall record as a senior…WOG won the state title with a 75-68 win over Fayetteville Trinity Christian…Scored 15 points and led WOG to a 68-53 win over Fayetteville Northwood Temple Academy to advance to the state title game…Led WOG to the Raleigh Holiday Invitational title with an 11-point, 10-assist performance in a 58-53 championship game win over New Hampton Prep (N.H.)…Led the Holy Rams with a 15.2 points per game average as a junior…Guided the Rams to a 20-9 overall record as a junior in 2011-12…Finished with 36 points vs. Village Christian Academy…Scored 25 points and hit game-winning layup with seven seconds left to help Word of God defeat Christian Faith Academy, 77-75…Named a preseason Fourth Team All-State player by ESPNHS in November, 2011…Helped guide Word of God to a 23-3 overall record as a sophomore in 2010-11…Played his freshman year at Southeast Raleigh…Plays for D-One Sports AAU Team…Ranked as the nation’s No. 70 recruit and the No. 21 point guard by Scout.com…Ranked the nation’s No. 119 recruit, the No. 27 shooting guard and a Three-Star recruit by Rivals.com…Rated the No. 124 player nationally by Hoopniks.com…Rated a three-star recruit and eighth best player in North Carolina by ESPNU…Played in the Dave Telep Carolina Challenge in 2011.

Joseph Uchebo

THE STORYLINE

A skilled post player with size, Joseph Uchebo (pronounced Ooh-Chee-Bow) is junior college transfer from Chipola Junior College who will have three seasons of collegiate eligibility remaining at Pitt. Coming off a knee injury that ended his 2012-13 season, Uchebo is described as a pure rebounder with good hands who has natural athletic ability and excels with more skill and size than most at his position. He is a big and physical kid who loves to mix it up down low and is a productive rebounder despite not being an above the rim guy. He knows how to carve out space and has excellent hands which routinely allow him to pull in double figure boards. An active post player, Uchebo loves contact and is a load in the low blocks. He is aggressive rebounding the ball on both ends of the floor. With his athleticism, raw talent and surprising skill, his potential is higher than most at his position.

2013-14

Saw action in nine games and 23 minutes on year…Averaged 0.4 points and 0.8 rebounds on the year…Finished with two points and one rebound vs. Colorado in the NCAA Tournament, 3/20…Scored first career points (two) and grabbed two rebounds vs. Wake Forest, 1/11.

2011-13 AT CHIPOLA J.C.

Spent two seasons at Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Fla., where he played for head coaches Jake Headrick (first year) and Pat Blake…Earned medical redshirt for the 2012-13 season after suffering a micro fracture knee injury…Was averaging 16 points and 14 rebounds before the injury…Earned First Team All-Panhandle Conference team honors as a freshman in 2011-12…Averaged 12.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, shot 57 percent (110-193) and finished with 21 blocks (0.8 bpg) while leading Chipola to a 23-6 overall and record and 7-5 record in Panhandle Conference play…Led the FCSAA in rebounding (12.3 rpg), ranked second in field goal percentage (57.0) and 26th in scoring…Chipola was ranked No. 5 in the FCJAA final poll…Rated the nation’s No. 21 junior college prospect by JUCOJunction.

HIGH SCHOOL

A 2011 graduate of Word of God Academy in Raleigh, N.C., where he played his senior year for Erasto Hatchett…Helped lead the Word of God Rams to a 23-3 record as a senior in 2010-11…Also attended his junior season at Oak Ridge Military Academy in Tenn….Played on the Chris Paul AAU All-Star Team…Helped guide the Chris Paul All-Stars to the Tournament of Champions quarterfinal round…Averaged 16 points per game at the NBPA Top-100 Camp…Consensus four-star recruit…Ranked among the nation’s top-10 centers and the No. 76 recruit by Scout.com as a high school senior…Ranked the No. 81 recruit by ESPN.com…Rated the nation’s No. 97 player by MaxPreps…Ranked the No. 92 prospect by Rivals.com.


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