Amorie Archibald, Stacy Beckton Jr. and Carmella Walker are among those having strong campaigns at the collegiate level.

It’s the first week of March, and madness is just around the corner.


The college basketball season is drawing to a close, meaning NCAA tournament bids are up for grabs over the next two weekends. More than a dozen Volusia/Flagler athletes compete at the Division I level, hoping to secure their spot in the Big Dance.


Take a look at how the area’s past prep stars are performing in 2019-20.


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Amorie Archibald, Louisiana Tech: Trinity Christian’s former Male Athlete of the Year set a career-high with 24 points on the fabled court of Indiana in November and is averaging 11.0 per game. Louisiana Tech (20-8) sits in third place in Conference USA, very much alive for its first NCAA tournament bid since 1991.


Stacy Beckton Jr., American: The junior wing from Atlantic enjoyed a breakthrough season, earning Patriot League third-team and all-defensive team honors with 28 blocks and 37 steals. Starring for the second-seeded Eagles (19-13), Beckton averaged 10.4 points per game, knocking down 33.3% of his attempts from 3-point range.


Colin Castleton, Michigan: The 6-foot-10 Father Lopez grad has suited up for 24 games in a turbulent, but likely tournament-bound season for the No. 25 Wolverines (18-11). Castleton averages 3.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in 8.1 minutes per game.


Blake Hinson, Ole Miss: The younger of Deltona’s Hinson brothers, sophomore Blake ranks third among Rebels in scoring (10.3 ppg) and fourth in 3-point shooting (33.6%). Ole Miss (14-15) has regressed after earning an at-large bid into the Big Dance, winning just one of its 10 true road games.


Evan Hinson, Austin Peay: Departing South Carolina and leaving football behind after three years in Columbia, the elder Hinson has become an important rotation player for Austin Peay (20-11). He’s played 30 games, started six, and averaged 5.5 points in 16.5 minutes per game.


Malik Maitland, Bethune-Cookman: Returning for his senior year, Father Lopez grad Maitland leads the Wildcats in assists (3.0 per game) and is third in scoring (9.6 ppg) despite making just six starts. Hopeful to earn its first NCAA berth in program history, B-CU enters Thursday’s regular-season finale at 15-14.


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Lexi Duckett, North Carolina: The true freshman, who attended both Father Lopez and DME Sports Academy, has been a bit-part player for the slumping Tar Heels (16-13). Duckett has totaled 17 points in 79 minutes, making 2 of 10 attempts from 3-point range.


Skye Green, UNC Asheville: The Flagler Palm Coast product has tried to make the most of her sophomore season, notably when she scored 8 points in 6 minutes against South Carolina State. For the year, Green is 10 of 12 at the free throw line and pulls down 1.8 rebounds per game for UNC Asheville (15-12).


Tamara Henshaw, South Florida: USF’s lone senior received a standing ovation in her final home game, filling up the stat sheet in a win over SMU. The former FPC post presence is averaging 5.4 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Bulls (18-12), who will need to steal a bid by winning the American Athletic Conference tournament.


Briana Laidler, Lamar: The only player to start all 28 of Lamar’s games, Spruce Creek grad Laidler has blocked 41 shots and is averaging 7.6 points and 7.9 rebounds, shooting a team-best 57.1% from the field. The Cardinals (9-19) have slumped in Southland Conference play, dropping eight straight games ahead of their finale against McNeese on Saturday.


Armani Walker, Bethune-Cookman: Riding a 14-game winning streak, the Wildcats (22-5) are aiming for a second straight MEAC crown and NCAA tournament trip. Walker, a senior from FPC, is chipping in 4.7 points and 1.7 assists, primarily off the bench.


Carmella Walker, Charleston Southern: A consistent All-Area performer at New Smyrna Beach, Walker has made an instant impact for struggling Charleston Southern (4-23). The junior made 25 starts, is second in scoring (9.5 ppg) and tops in steals (2.3 per game) and is shooting a respectable 78.3% from the line.


Taylor Williams, College of Charleston: Named the Colonial Athletic Association’s Rookie of the Week on Monday, the freshman from Father Lopez notched her first collegiate double-double (22 points, 10 rebounds) in an overtime win against Northeastern. Williams has started 15 of 27 games and averaged 9.1 points per night for the Cougars (13-14).