In two weeks, the top senior public high school boys and girls from North Carolina and South Carolina will face off in the 2020 Carolinas Classic All-Star Basketball Games. The event, hosted by the North Carolina Coaches Association and the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association and sponsored by House of Raeford Farms FLOCK, culminates at John T. Hoggard High School in Wilmington on Saturday, March 28. Ten of the participating players have committed to Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Southeastern Conference (SEC) universities after graduation. Several others will attend schools who perennially find their basketball teams in the NCAA tournament or conference championships.
*March 12, 2020 UPDATE:* Due to the continuing public health concerns associated with COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the North Carolina Coaches Association (NCCA) and the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association (SCACA) have cancelled the 2020 Carolinas Classic All-Star Basketball Games. The annual event scheduled for March 28 in Wilmington, North Carolina features the top public high school senior boys and girls basketball players from North Carolina and South Carolina.
“Our concern for the safety and well-being of these young student-athletes, as well as for spectators attending the games from communities across the two-state area, coaches, and essential personnel, prompted this decision,” said Phil Weaver, co-executive director of the NCCA. “We congratulate the selected players on their athletic accomplishments, and wish them much success as they continue their education and athletic endeavors.”
“In addition, we want to thank House of Raeford Farms FLOCK for their sponsorship and dedication to the Carolinas Classic over the past three years,” commented Shell Dula, executive director of the SCACA. “They join our coaches’ associations in fully supporting this decision.”
The girls’ teams include four ACC bound players including Nevaeh Brown from Charlotte, North Carolina’s Mallard Creek High School, Wake Forest; North Carolinians Anya Poole from Southeast Raleigh High and Jacksonville High School’s Kennedy Todd-Williams, UNC-Chapel Hill; and Loyal McQueen from Florence, South Carolina’s Wilson High, Georgia Tech. Nyah Leveretter of Westwood High in Columbia, South Carolina will go to Kentucky in the SEC, currently ranked in the top 25 nationally.
On the boys’ side, Nick Farrar of Apex Friendship High School heads to NC State. 6’8” Ja’von Benson of Ridge View High in Columbia and 6’10” Patrick Iriel of A. C. Flora High in Columbia will attend the University of South Carolina; P. J. Hall of top 10 nationally ranked Dorman High School in Roebuck, South Carolina to Clemson; and Tristan Maxwell of North Mecklenburg High in Charlotte to Georgia Tech.
“Once again the Carolinas Classic rosters are loaded with talent”, said Greg Grantham, representative of the North Carolina Coaches Association and executive director of the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association. “For the past two years the Classic has been hosted in Wilmington, and the basketball action has been super competitive and exciting. This year promises to be no different”.
In addition to ACC and SEC schools, other players head to top basketball programs at Butler, Old Dominion, Robert Morris, James Madison, Rutgers, and Winthrop University among others.
The Carolinas Classic All-Star Basketball Games will not only showcase basketball talent, but will also give back to the community. Through the generosity of House of Raeford Farms FLOCK, all ticket proceeds benefit Camp Corral, a non-profit organization providing summer camp experiences across the nation for children of wounded, injured, ill, and fallen military service members.
Tickets to the games are available for purchase online and are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students. Games begin at 6:00 p.m.
For more information and a full schedule of events, click here.
Nevaeh Brown Mallard Creek HS
Chyna Cornwell Newton Conover HS
Jacee Busick Glenn HS
Jamia Hazell Southeast Raleigh HS
Kennedy Heath Panther Creek HS
Evan Miller Ardrey Kell HS
Anya Poole Southeast Raleigh HS
Aniya Finger Hopewell HS
Skylah Travis Weldon HS
Kennedy Todd-Williams Jacksonville HS
HEAD COACH- Barbara Nelson (Myers Park)
ASST. COACH- Jamie Willoughby (Tarboro)
Kelci Adams Nations Ford High
Jada Burton Byrnes High
JMani Ingram North Augusta High
Nyah Leveretter Westwood High
Loyal McQueen Wilson High
Maleia Bracone TL Hanna High
Lauryn Taylor Spring Valley High
D’Mya Tucker Orangeburg Wilkinson High
Augusta Dixon James Island Charter
Taniah Wilkins High Point Academy
HEAD COACH- Sherer Hopkins (Clover HS)
ASST. COACH- Monica Williams (Irmo HS)
Nick Farrar Apex Friendship HS
Silas Mason Ben L. Smith HS
Kalib Matthews Henderson Collegiate
Tristan Maxwell North Mecklenburg HS
Keishon Porter SouthWest Edgecombe HS
Samage Teel Farmville Central HS
Dean Reiber Northwest Guilford HS
Trayden Williams North Mecklenburg HS
Traymond Willis-Shaw Westover HS
Justin Wright Farmville Central
HS HEAD COACH- Brad Levine (Crest)
ASST. COACH- Chris Cherry (South Central)
Emorie Knox Myrtle Beach High
Ja’von Benson Ridgeview High
P. J. Hall Dorman High
Patrick Iriel AC Flora High
Kaleb Mack Mauldin High
Nick Pringle Whale Branch Early College
Raekwon Horton Keenan High
Latavian Lawrence Gray Collegiate Academy
Kelton Talford Great Falls High
Myles Tate Dorman High
HEAD COACH- Zeke Washington (Blythewood HS)
ASST. COACH- Thomas Ryan (Dorman HS)