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Two T.J.'s make names for themselves at Apex

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It's a tale of two T.J.'s at Apex High School – T.J. Evans and T.J. Wells.

They have starred in the Cougars' backcourt for three years. And that led, at first, to a bit of confusion for head basketball coach David Neal.  
     
"Our sophomore year he'd say 'T.J.' and both of us would look at each other and he'd be like, 'Wells,'" said Evans.

At that point, both T.J.'s knew something had to be done.

Neal said Wells told him, "Call me Wells," and so T.J. Evans remained just "T.J."

But Wells says he is still the original T.J.

"Yeah, I don't really say it that often, but I am the original T.J.," Wells said.

Even Evans concedes, "He's the original."

But on the court, they have their own identities.

"We have completely different playing styles," Wells said, "so it's not hard to tell the difference."

"He has the ball more," said Evans, "and I shoot more."

Wells never played football, but Evans played running back, cornerback and receiver a bit when he was younger.

Evans gave up the game to focus on basketball.

It was a good choice. The T.J.'s have  been tearing it up since.

But what do they call each other?

"We both call each other "T,'" Evans said. "So I say, 'Yo T' and he'll say 'Yo T.' We just call each other ‘T.'"

The two T's have helped Apex to a 4-0 start in Southwest Wake play and 7-6 record overall.

Both will graduate this year, leaving a void athletically and alphabetically.

"No initials coming up," Neal said.

 

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