South Carolina freshman Aliyah Boston, who was born on St. Thomas, was one of two Gamecocks players named Thursday to the 2019-2020 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award watch list, which the U.S. Basketball Writers Association presents to the national player of the year.

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ST. THOMAS — When the 2019 high school tackle football season began nearly three months ago, the coaches from both Charlotte Amalie High School and Ivanna Eudora Kean High School never expected the St. Thomas rivals would face each other for the title.

DENTON, Texas — When Anisha George landed in the middle of Missouri to begin her collegiate basketball career at Moberly Area Community College, it was the second time she had been on the mainland. It was nearly her last.

St. Thomas’ Tanner Krygsveld finished second overall at the 2019 Optimist Midwinter Championships, which concluded Saturday in New Orleans.

ST. THOMAS — Aliyah Boston could sense that her teammates on South Carolina’s women’s basketball team needed a pick-me-up after losing their first game of the season.

ST. THOMAS — After back-to-back losses to AP Top 25 teams at the Paradise Jam tournament, Oklahoma State head coach Jim Littell knew his team was due for a win.

ST. THOMAS — Aliyah Boston finally got a chance to show her hometown fans what she can do on a basketball court — when she’s not getting in foul trouble, that is.

ST. THOMAS — Louisville head coach Jeff Walz admits that turnovers have been a problem for the Cardinals this season, even as they’ve been winning game after game after game.

ST. THOMAS — Louisville head coach Jeff Walz didn’t expect an easy time in the Paradise Jam tournament, even though his team had the easiest draw in its first two games.

ST. THOMAS — Baylor’s women’s basketball team may be without its best players, but that hasn’t stopped the Bears from scoring — or stopping other teams from scoring.

Adjusting to life at the University of South Carolina has been easy so far for Aliyah Boston — the classes, her classmates, the size of the campus, even the weather in Columbia, S.C.

The University of South Carolina Gamecocks, featuring player and local favorite Aliyah Boston, left, hold a basketball clinic for girls at Charlotte Amalie High School, on St. Thomas, on Wednesday.

St. Thomas’ Aliyah Boston was named the Southeastern Conference’s freshman of the week for the second time this season for her performance in a pair of wins for fifth-ranked South Carolina last week.

ST. THOMAS — The Virgin Islands Horse Racing Commission was expected to move forward on several items on its agenda at the commission’s first meeting in more than 2½ months.

ST. THOMAS — University of the Virgin Islands head coach Jeff Jones has been waiting and wondering when some of his younger players would finally adapt to the demands of college basketball.

ST. THOMAS — Fordham head coach Jeff Neubauer didn’t like the way his team played against Nevada on the opening day of the Paradise Jam tournament.

ST. THOMAS — Nevada head coach Steve Alford had one goal for his team for its trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands — win a tournament championship.

ST. THOMAS — Bowling Green and Cincinnati’s men’s basketball teams shared a charter flight to the U.S. Virgin Islands for this week’s Paradise Jam tournament.

ST. THOMAS — Nevada head coach Steve Alford was looking for a way to break out of its recent slump.

ST. THOMAS — Bowling Green head coach Michael Huger wants to win the Paradise Jam men’s college basketball tournament, and knows what it will take to accomplish that.

ST. THOMAS — Illinois State looked to be on the verge of getting a signature win early in the 2019-2020 season.

ST. THOMAS — Valparaiso head coach Matt Lottich expected to have a tough time with Grand Canyon in the opening game of the Paradise Jam tournament.

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