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Crestwood duo of Wells and Jackson sign to play basketball with Columbia College

By TIM LEIBLE
tim@theitem.com
Posted 4/25/20

Seniors CeCe Wells and Dynasia Jackson brought an instant spark to the Crestwood High School girls basketball team when they transferred from Sumter High for the 2019-20 school year. That spark helped carry the Lady Knights to the 4A Lower State …

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Crestwood duo of Wells and Jackson sign to play basketball with Columbia College

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Seniors CeCe Wells and Dynasia Jackson brought an instant spark to the Crestwood High School girls basketball team when they transferred from Sumter High for the 2019-20 school year. That spark helped carry the Lady Knights to the 4A Lower State championship game, where their spectacular season ended.

Luckily for Wells and Jackson, that won't be the last game of their basketball careers as the duo recently signed to play at Columbia College.

"Columbia College is getting a steal," said Crestwood head coach Tony Wilson. "CeCe and Dynasia both can play at a high level. I only coached them this one year and what I see out of both of them, what they can do on the court, is amazing."

Wells came to Crestwood wanting to have a chance to show off her skills and get a scholarship, and she was glad that she was able to meet that final goal.

"It feels good. I switched schools to get a better opportunity, and I accomplished my goals and achieved what I wanted to achieve at Crestwood, to get a scholarship at Columbia College," said Wells. "I'm glad I'm going to play ball somewhere."

Jackson was a little more under the radar as a defensive specialist, so signing to play college basketball meant she had a chance to prove people wrong.

"It feels good knowing that a lot of people probably thought I wasn't going anywhere, and since I changed schools that everything wasn't going to work out for me," said Jackson.

Columbia College has shown great commitment to Wells and Jackson. That's what really attracted the pair to the school. It seemed like a place where each could come and make an immediate impact.

"When I went to visit and (head) Coach (James) Black, the way he talked to me, saying that he would do anything he can to have me playing for his team," said Wells.

"He was telling us that if we put the work in that we'd probably get a starting spot," added Jackson. "It's also close to home."

Of course, the biggest thing was the chance that Wells and Jackson will get to keep playing together.

"It's good, knowing that both of us changed schools and we've been together since middle school, so we know how to play with each other and get along with each other," said Jackson.

Wells added, "It's good because we've been playing together since seventh grade, so we're close and best friends. That's a good thing to be able to continue our basketball lives together."

Columbia College is an NAIA Division II school that plays in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. Black is excited to see what the pair will bring to his team.

"I am very excited about these two great talents joining our team," said Black. "Cece is a tremendous shooter from the outside, and Dynasia is deadly on the defensive end of the court and can also shoot from the 3-point area. Both ladies are very coachable and are proven winners."

Jackson is excited about the potential for her education, but Wells said the thing that she's most looking forward to is having another chance to put her name on the map.

"I want to get well known because I really want to make it pro and if not, I want to play overseas," said Wells. "I want to get well known from college ball and let people know that I'm trying to make a statement."

Wilson thinks his two stars will have a chance to make that statement at Columbia College.

"They've got a lot of basketball experience under their belts and like I said, Columbia College is getting a steal," said Wilson. "I won't be surprised if CeCe is the Player of the Year in the conference and Dynsasia is the Defensive Player of the Year. That's how much talent they have and they put in the hard work."