Three members of the Pace Academy Class of 2017 have committed to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. Summer Brown will play volleyball for the Duke University Blue Devils; Wendell Carter Jr. has announced his intention to join the Blue Devils on the basketball court; and Alex Ross will golf for the Davidson College Wildcats.
Summer Brown, a captain of Pace’s 2016 squad, led the Knights to the 2015 and 2016 area titles, the 2015 Georgia High School Association (GHSA) AA Elite Eight and the 2016 GHSA AAA State Championship, where the Knights were runners-up. She was named a Senior All-Star and the 2016 GHSA AAA Player of the Year. Brown also plays club volleyball and was a member of the 2016 17s region-champion team; she qualified for Junior Nationals in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Brown received Pace’s Lance and Shield Award for leadership, fine moral character and a high level of athletic success. As a freshman, she won the Dean’s Award for Character, given to two students in each grade who exemplify admirable character, high integrity and generosity of spirit.
Wendell Carter’s performance on the basketball court has garnered national attention. The power forward has consistently ranked among ESPN’s top 10 players in the Class of 2017; he represented the U.S. on the 2015 and 2016 USA Basketball Men’s U16 and U17 world-championship teams; and he maintains The Wendell Carter Jr. Blog for USA Today High School Sports.
A standout since day one, Carter led the Pace Knights to the 2015 AA Elite Eight and to their first-ever GHSA AA state championship in 2016. That year, he was named to USA Today’s ALL-USA Georgia Boys Basketball First Team, MaxPreps’ Junior All-American First Team, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s All-State Class AA First Team and Atlanta/South Fulton All-Metro First Team. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and GHSA Region 6AA named him their Player of the Year.
Off the court, Carter participates in Pace’s award-winning theatre program. In 2015, he received Pace’s Lance and Shield Award for leadership, fine moral character and a high level of athletic success.
As team captain, Alex Ross helped the Knights bring home the 2016 GHSA AA state runner-up title and was named one of the top 20 junior golfers in Georgia, with a cumulative scoring average of 73.48. He is a two-time Atlanta City Men’s Club Champion (2014, 2016) and was runner-up in 2015. Ross is a member of the 2016 Georgia-South Carolina Match Play Team, a 10-time Atlanta Junior Golf tournament champion and was named to the GHSA’s All-State team in 2016.
Ross received Pace’s Wheeler Scholar Athlete Award, is a two-time National Latin Exam medalist and is a member of the National Honor Society. He has also participated in Pace’s basketball program and is a member of the AJGA Transamerica Scholastic All-American Team.
Brown, Carter and Ross will be recognized at Pace Academy’s signing ceremony on Feb. 1, 2017.