HHCA’s Shelton signs with Claflin, Eagles celebrate 3-peat in new home

After a legendary career leading Hilton Head Christian Academy to three straight SCISA basketball state championships, Dior Shelton is headed to the next level. 

The senior officially signed with Claflin University in a ceremony at the school’s new basketball gym in Bluffton on Thursday.

“It really means a lot to me that I have finally achieved my main goal,” Shelton said. “I wouldn’t have gotten there without God giving me my ability, my family, my coaches, and my trainers.” 

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Shelton put together an incredible four years at HHCA, becoming only the fifth player in program history to score 1,000 points in her Eagle career, joining the likes of Ziara Doe, Macee Tamminen, Brielle McCarthy, and Jossie Frazier. 

A reliable scorer and lockdown defender, Shelton used her phenomenal strength and rebounding ability combined with a stellar jump shot to dominate SCISA opponents and power an unstoppable offense. She complemented her versatile scoring with standout defense, denying even the best competition in the area and making key blocks to spur a lethal defensive unit. Her leadership was second to none, elevating the entire roster to play at its highest possible ability. 

She captained her squad to an incredible 97-8 record over her time as an Eagle while never dropping a single region game. Shelton put the finishing touches on a remarkable run in this year’s SCISA 2A tournament, averaging 17 points per game to complete an unbelievable state championship three-peat. 

Dior will reunite with her former teammate at Claflin, joining Jasmine Campbell in Orangeburg. The CIAA canceled the 2020-21 hoops season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Hilton Head Christian Academy also honored the girls basketball state championship team with the traditional net-cutting ceremony while opening up the school’s new gymnasium in Bluffton. It was the start of new beginnings for the Eagle dynasty and a final celebration for one of the program’s best.

By Wes Kerr

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