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Queens adds Independence High’s McKee to 2019 recruit class
Guard helped Pats to 2018 NC 4A title
Published Sunday, January 27, 2019 2:46 am
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

Queens basketball added Independence High guard A.J. McKee and Wheatmore High forward Gavin Rains to the 2019 recruit class.

Queens has added a pair of recruits for the basketball class of 2019.

The Royals have signed Independence High guard A.J. McKee and Wheatmore High forward Gavin Rains to letters of intent.
McKee, a shooting guard, averages 10.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.8 steals per game as a senior. In four years with the Patriots’ varsity, Independence was 84-19 as of last week and won the 2018 N.C. 4A title.

“A.J. is a champion and a competitor first and foremost,” Royals head coach Bart Lundy said. “He won a state championship and was the state championship game MVP as a junior. He’s played high caliber AAU for years on Team Charlotte, one of the most decorated summer teams in all of the country. A.J. is an elite defender who wills his team to win through his leadership and toughness. He will be a huge part of this program for years to come.”

In 2017-18, McKee averaged 14.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.9 assists on 46 percent shooting and 36 percent from three-point territory, to lead Independence to the championship with a 31-1 record. McKee was named the title game’s MVP after scoring 20 points in a 71-60 win over Heritage.

Rains, a 6-7 small forward from Trinity, North Carolina, averages 26.2 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks as a senior. As a junior, Rains averaged 22.8 points, 14 rebounds, 3.1 blocks, 2.6 assists and 2.3 steals a game. He racked up 26 double-doubles and his 660 total points are a school record.

Rains is on pace to become the first Wheatmore player to record 1,000 career points and 1,000 rebounds.

“Gavin is an elite rebounder, one of the best in the state, who is having a phenomenal senior year with his multi-dimensional skill set for a forward,” Lundy said.
Rains, who won Wheatmore’s valor award in a vote by faculty, earned PAC-7 Player of the Year, Randolph County Player of the Year, and first-team All-District by the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association. Wheatmore went 23-6 last year, won the PAC-7 regular season and tournament championships, and advanced to the second round of the 2A playoffs.


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