Nicole and Ebony Wells each had stellar prep basketball careers in Columbia County.
Ebony is easy to remember. She finished up her senior season last spring, leading Grovetown to an impressive 25-3 record.
For her outstanding work, Wells was named The Columbia County News-Times Player of the Year.
During her final prep season, she poured in 19.8 points per contest. She also averaged 13 rebounds and blocked more than five shots per game.
With those type numbers and standing 6-foot-3, it was no surprise that Wells garnered plenty of attention from college scouts. In the end, she chose Florida State University and currently is a freshman for the Seminoles.
While most might easily recall Ebony’s performance a year ago, others might have forgotten she was not the first Wells sister to play her high school basketball in Columbia County. Her sister, Nicole, was a four-year starter at Harlem and was also courted by college recruiters.
Nicole played her first two seasons at Georgia Perimeter Junior College. As a freshman, she was named All-Conference after averaging nine points and 7.2 rebounds per game.
Last season, Georgia Perimeter had one of the finest junior college teams in the nation. Wells averaged 6.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for a team that went 31-6 and finished ranked seventh in the nation.
Thanks to Nicole’s solid play, like her sister, she too signed a Division I Scholarship. Nicole is now a 6-foot-2 junior forward for Wichita State. The Shockers play in the Missouri Valley Conference.
While Wichita, Kan., is a long way from Grovetown, Nicole does have a familiar face on campus. Jasmine Jones, one of her Georgia Perimeter teammates, also signed to play for the Shockers. Jones is a 5-foot-9 guard from Douglasville, Ga. Wichita State is 3-3 on the young season. Nicole is averaging 2.7 points per game this season, shooting an impressive 80 percent from the field.
Two sisters, both playing college basketball at the Division I level, is very impressive. Columbia County would never be confused for a girl’s basketball hotbed, but with the Wells sisters’ current feat and a host of good young players, like Grovetown sophomore point guard Malia Kency, maybe the county is making a little headway when it comes to producing top-flight girls basketball.