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    UNC basketball

    4-6 weeks from Dec. 16. I just hope the record isn't so bad at that point that he decides to just train for the draft instead of returning, like Darius Garland did at Vandy last year.
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    UNC basketball

    Cole Anthony is probably gone no matter UNC's record...plenty of one and dones come off of bad teams--Trae Young, Markell Fultz, Darius Garland. Anthony is actually pretty comparable to Garland in that regard at this point in terms of getting hurt early in the season on a bad team. Garland was the #5 pick last year. What hurts more is that the guards who had stepped up after Anthony went down--when UNC beat UCLA and Yale--are hurt now, too. So UNC has natural wings (Leaky Black and Platek) and a former walk-on (KJ Smith) playing the point in a system that doesn't work without excellent point guard play. Frontcourt is still formidable. Silver lining is that the only two times in my lifetime I can remember UNC being this bad were 01-02 and 09-10, and UNC bounced back with great recruiting classes both times. In 02, McCants, Felton, and May came in the next year and ended up getting UNC a championship. In 2010, Harrison Barnes, Reggie Bullock and Kendall Marshall came in the next year and UNC was great the next fewyears (and possibly would have had another title had Marshall not hurt his wrist in the second round of the tournament).
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    Best Basketball team ever in N.C.

    02 was Christian Moody’s senior year. If you remember seeing Maybin, that was probably the rematch at 03 regionals. TCR lost almost everything except Greg Benton (one of the best from the mountains to not play big college ball) from the 02 team but Maybin and Patrick Moody—Christian’s younger brother who was a walk on for UNC’s 09 title team—moved into the lineup as sophomores and they ended up going back to regionals. West Rowan won in a bit of a blowout that year, if I remember, whereas they had to come back in the 4th quarter in 02.
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    Best Basketball team ever in N.C.

    I thought '02 TC Roberson--with future Kansas starting PF Christian Moody and 3 or 4 other guys who played small college ball--was one of the best high school teams you'd ever find, until West Rowan beat them in the 3A West Final. As for those Asheville girls teams, I watched them play HP Central in '04 at Regionals, and there was more size in those frontcourts than in some of the boys games that year.
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    Top 20 (or so) Records (Boys)

    He scored 50 again Tuesday night. He did an interview with the Asheville paper a few weeks ago where he said he's getting interest from UNCA, App State, Davidson...not sure if there are any offers yet. Surprised he didn't list WCU. The last time they signed a 6-8 shooter from Haywood County it worked out pretty well for them.
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    Boys NCHSAA Maxpreps adjusted rankings

    They might want to take Alabama School for the Deaf out of the 1A rankings before they seed the NC playoffs.
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    Top 20 (or so) Records (Boys)

    I haven't seen him play, didn't make it to the Cherokee tournament which is where I'd hoped to catch him. I do plan to see him at some point this year. I've talked to some people who have seen him play this year--basic word is he's getting a ton of usage after their leading returning scorer transferred to Asheville Christian, and he is 6-8 or 6-9 with a lot of length, so he can shoot over most defenders (and obviously can put it in the hole). Knock at this point--or upside/benefit, looking at potential--is that he still hasn't really filled out and is very thin.
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    Top 20 (or so) Records (Boys)

    I would just add Hayesville, which is sitting at 7-2. 90% the same roster that beat Chatham Charter in the second round last year and took North Rowan to the wire in the third round. They have a 6-8 sophomore named Jake McTaggart who is having a breakout year.
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    Favorite basketball team to watch

    I believe that team's game against LeBron and St. Vincent-St. Mary in the Greensboro Coliseum is still the largest crowd ever for a high school game in NC. Reynolds won the 4A title that year, but lost to St. Vincent-St. Mary by like 30, which is crazy to think about how good that team was. Reynolds had another huge, talented team the next year with Fulp, Othello Hunter (Ohio State and a cup of coffee in the NBA), Mike Copeland (UNC), and Jarhon Giddings (Richmond), but lost the 4A state final to a Raleigh Wakefield team that D'd up and ground out low-scoring wins without any future D1 players (their two best players ended up at Guilford and Brevard, I believe). The game happened the same day the Trinity team Chute Box mentioned knocked off a much-more star-laden Dudley team (featuring future Tar Heel Will Graves and future Demon Deacon Kevin Swinton) in the 3A final. 2004 was a good year for team basketball.
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    2020 possibilities to win it all

    East Surry is losing a ton of skill guys-- most notably a pair of UNC signees at QB and WR. They also lose two more receivers who have PWO spots at UNC and State. On the other hand, they should return three of the five starters from a great OL, a TE/LB with offers from UNC, State, Wake, and South Carolina, and a DL with offers from almost everyone (Auburn, UGA, UNC, etc.). Plus their JV went 8-2, QB'd by the younger brother of the QB that just signed with UNC. So I guess it depends on if you see that glass as half full or half empty.
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    Favorite basketball team to watch

    I will second '05 Pisgah. Jake Robinson is still WCU's all-time leader in threes made a decade later. At 6-8 he was a matchup nightmare in high school. Plus he had three guys around him who had very good careers in D2 ball. I think they won the 2A final by like 25-30 points. I enjoyed watching the East Carteret team that beat Winston Salem Prep in the 1A finals a few years ago. Excellent ballhandling and shooting, didn't back down from a much bigger opponent. In 2010 Nantahala School, with about 40 students, went four rounds deep in 1A then lost on a three pointer in the final seconds to Hendersonville at Regionals in Fleming Gym. Even with four classes in basketball, 1A still usually goes up to around 650-700 , and the Hawks were beating schools 10-15 times their size with basically an iron five, so it was a very fun Hoosier-type story to follow.
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    New football team in Asheville

    My take from the article is that there won't be a huge impact, at least for the time being. Mostly looks like the Asheville Saints are just changing their name to ACA but will still operate like a club/home school team and be open to the same population the Saints were serving, whether they attend ACA or not.
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    List of Area/State College Players (Girls)

    Jessica Beckner (Murphy) and Haylie Shope (Hiwassee Dam) play at D2 Young Harris in GA. Aubrey Clapsaddle (Murphy) plays at University of Tampa. Meona Feather (Cherokee/Rabun Gap) is averaging around 15 PPG at D3 Lake Forest (IL) Maleeah Langstaff (Swain Co./Carolina Day/Asheville Christian) is at Winthrop playing a good bit.
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    List of Area/State College Players

    Glad you caught McMillan, a few more from the mountains I didn't see on the list: Josh Cottrell (Hayesville) is starting SG at North Georgia after transferring from WCU. His older brother Zach plays a good bit off the bench there as well after transferring from Appalachian. Jordan Shepard (Asheville Christian) is starting PG averaging about 15 ppg this year at Charlotte after transferring home from Oklahoma. Ben Beeker (Hendersonville) is backup PF getting a few minutes as a freshman at Furman. I also saw you mentioned a few Guilford players--and they generally do a great job of recruiting the triad and northwest NC--but I'd also note that the Quakers' leading scorer and rebounder (both by wide margins) is Starmount alum Kyler Gregory, who I didn't see on the list.
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    Players from the West

    Shawn Bryson from Franklin was starting FB and captain on UT's 98 national championship team (which was the first BCS title game), then went on to play about a decade in the NFL for the Bills and Lions. Is now head coach at Rabun Gap, a private school just outside Franklin. Rashad and Rashanda McCants are also from Asheville--Rashad went to Erwin and Rashanda went to Erwin and Asheville--and both played a few years in the NBA and WNBA.
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