North Carolina is historically a hotbed of high school basketball. The Tar Heel State produced 32 players who made NBA rosters in the 2021-22 season, including Steph Curry, Brandon Ingram, Chris Paul and John Wall, among others.
Top 10 North Carolina teams since 2000
National ranking: Number 6
Notable players: Will Dillard, John Newman, JP Moorman, Jordan Perkins, Solomon Smith
Tiredness: The only Tar Heel State team to win a game in the GEICO Nationals, Greensboro Day pulled off one of the biggest upsets in event history, beating double-seeded IMG Academy (Bradenton , Florida) 59-40 in the first round. An experienced group saw balanced production across the board, led by seniors Perkins and Moorman along with juniors Dillard and Newman.
National Ranking: #5
Notable players: BJ Gladden, CJ Jackson, Trey Mitchell, Deriece Parks, Jevon Patton
Tiredness: Despite losing star Allerik Freeman to trade before the season, the Trojans remained undefeated en route to the Class 4A state title led by an experienced core. Seniors Parks (14.2), Mitchell (11.8), Simmons (11.1) and Patton (10.1) as well as junior Jackson (11.3) led a powerful attack with an average of 81, 2 points. The 2012-13 season concluded a successful three-year run that saw Olympic go 85-4.
National ranking: #5
Notable players: Dee Giger, Lakeem Jackson, Reggie King, Tony Kimbro, Mason Plumlee
Tiredness: Both losses came to out-of-state opponents in January as the Greenies fell to Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) 75-58 and Princeton (Cincinnati) 64-60. Christ School was led by seniors Plumlee, who averaged team highs of 15.3 points and 10.1 rebounds and Jackson who averaged 15.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists decisive. The program went 139-11 over four seasons.
National Ranking: No. 11
Notable players: Jahzeer Baker, Shy’Quan Jones, Jeremy Lewis, Shykeim Phillips, Day’Ron Sharpe
Tiredness: The Falcons’ only loss came in the John Wall Holiday Invitational title game against national top 10 Ranney (Tinton Falls, NJ) 63-58. South Central were utterly dominant, winning all 30 games by double digits and outscoring their opponents by 35.6 points. An experience rotation consisted of all juniors and seniors led by third-team MaxPreps Junior All-America Selection Sharpe.
National ranking: No. 7
Notable players: Mitchell Baldwin, Whit Holcomb-Faye, Derrell Mitchell, Mike Russell
Tiredness: Won his second consecutive Class 4A state title after exploding for 58 second-half points to defeat Leesville Road (Raleigh) 94-73 in the title game. The 94 points scored in the state championship contest is the highest result in Class 4A history. Mitchell led the way with a game-high 22 points on 9-of-11 from the field in the title game triumph.
National Ranking: No. 12
Notable players: AJ Cook, Kyle Frazier, Chase Lowe, Evan Morton
Tiredness: Ended the season on a 49-game winning streak that spanned back-to-back undefeated seasons culminating in state championships. Weddington won the Class 3A state title in 2020-21 before moving to Class 4A for the 2021-22 season. A seasoned Warriors squad saw four players average in double digits led by seniors Lowe (17.1), Frazier (15.0) and Cook (12.0) and junior Morton (11.5).
7. Greensboro Day 2014-15
National Ranking: No. 11
Notable players: Peter Agba, Will Dillard, Trevor Mayo, Marquelle McIntyre, Darius Moore
Tiredness: This group qualified for the Dick Nationals for the first time in program history before falling to Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) 50-34 in the first round. The Bengals captured the program’s eighth state title with a 44-34 victory over Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point) in the championship game. The win avenged a four-time overtime loss to the Trojans earlier in the month.
National ranking: No. 18
Notable players: Devon Dotson, Joshua Howard, Isaac Johnson, Trey Wertz, Grant Williams
Set a school record with 30 wins while capturing the program’s sixth state championship after defeating High Point Christian Academy (High Point) 67-53 in the 3A title game. Each of the Chargers’ losses have come against out-of-state opponents, including a 70-54 season-ending loss to Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) in the Dick Nationals’ first round.
9. School of Christ 2009-10
National Ranking: No. 13
Notable players: Trevonte Dixon, Damarcus Harrison, Tony Kimbro, Marshall Plumlee, Eric Smith
Tiredness: Defeated opponents by an average of 28.6 points en route to the program’s only trip to the Dick Nationals. The Greenies’ only losses have come against nationally ranked out-of-state opponents, falling to Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nevada) 80-64 and Winter Park (Florida) 82-72. Three players posted double-digit averages, led by senior Smith (13.5) and juniors Kimbro (12.0) and Harrison (11.6).
National Ranking: No. 12
Notable players: Michael Buckland, Brandon Childress, Harry Giles, Jalen Johnson, Kwe’Shaun Parker
Tiredness: Although this group balked at winning the NCISAA 3A state title after falling to Greensboro Day 44-34 in the championship game, it’s hard to deny the talent of the entire roster. Led by first-team junior All-America selection Giles, who averaged 23.9 points and 12.5 rebounds, the Trojans advanced to the semifinals of the City of Palms Classic, each of their losses against nationally ranked opponents.