Keishon Porter

SouthWest Edgecombe’s Keishon Porter, right, is averaging just under eight minutes per game as a true freshman for Radford University this season.

Former N.C. Wesleyan men’s basketball player A.J. Frye found himself dominating the USA South Conference once again.

The center was named the USA South Conference’s decade player of the week for his performance in December of 2018 when he averaged a double-double at the Catholic University Holiday tournament.

In the absence of conference competition in the fall semester, the USA South began selecting athletes of the week based on players who earned an athlete of the week honor in a particular category within the past decade.

The conference said that it will continue to name the decade athletes of the week through the rest of the year.

For Frye, the then-junior center from Wilmington averaged 20.5 points and 12 rebounds in the tournament, to go along with six assists and one steal per game as he led the Bishops to a 2-0 record.

In an 83-70 win over Babson, Frye scored 16 points and added 10 rebounds with four assists and one steal. In a 91-65 victory over Medaille, Frye poured in 25 points and 14 rebounds to go along with eight assists and one steal.

He led the Bishops that season in scoring and rebounding. He averaged 18.3 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game for a NCWC team that went 19-7 overall and 12-5 in USA South play.

The following year, Frye started all 26 games for his senior season and was second on the team in scoring average with 17.1 points per game.


Keishon catch-up

Elsewhere in college basketball, former SouthWest Edgecombe standout Keishon Porter is receiving playing time as a true freshman with Radford University.

The 6-foot-4 wing has played back-to-back games of double-digit minutes, which is just the second time over 11 games that it has happened.

And he is taking advantage of his playing time, too. He has scored nine points combined in those two recent games, which is the highest point total of any two-game stretch this season.

He is averaging just under eight minutes per game (7.8) and is averaging 2.3 points per game and 1.5 rebounds per game.

The Highlanders (8-6) were scheduled to host Gardner-Webb on back-to-back days on Thursday and Friday, but COVID-19 issues in the Highlanders’ program forced the postponements.

Radford’s men’s basketball team is temporarily pausing activities.