Six from N.C. among greatest All-Americans

tstevens@newsobserver.comFebruary 1, 2012 

Five former North Carolina high school boys' basketball players are among the 35 Greatest McDonald's All-Americans. The list was released by game organizers in celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the McDonald's All-America High School Boys Basketball Game this year.

The players who played at North Carolina high schools are Michael Jordan (McDonald's All American class of 1981) of Wilmington Laney, Danny Manning (1984) of Greensboro Page, Jerry Stackhouse (1993) of Kinston, Dominique Wilkins (1979) of Washington, James Worthy (1979) of Gastonia Ashbrook and Chris Paul of West Forsyth.

In addition, Amare Stoudemire (2002) attended Durham Mount Zion.

The rest of the 35 players are: Earvin "Magic" Johnson (1977), Clark Kellogg (1979), Ralph Sampson (1979), Isiah Thomas (1979), Sam Perkins (1980), Glenn "Doc" Rivers (1980), Patrick Ewing (1981), Chris Mullin (1981), Kenny Smith (1983), Larry Johnson (1987), Christian Laettner (1988), Alonzo Mourning (1988), Bobby Hurley (1989), Shaquille O'Neal (1989), Grant Hill (1990), Glenn Robinson (1991), Jason Kidd (1992), Vince Carter (1995), Kevin Garnett (1995), Paul Pierce (1995), Kobe Bryant (1996), Jay Williams (1999), Carmelo Anthony (2002), LeBron James (2003), Chris Paul (2003), Dwight Howard (2004), Tyler Hansbrough (2005), Kevin Durant (2006) and Derrick Rose (2007).

Boys

Caps stay hot: Broughton, 15-5 and No. 9 in the N&O rankings, won its ninth straight game with a 61-44 Cap Eight 4A win over Enloe. Devonte Graham had 12 points for the Caps.

Millbrook still tops: Millbrook (16-5, 10-1) kept the lead in the Cap Eight 4A with a 68-35 win over Wake Forest Heritage. Carlee Clemons had 18 points.

Flemming shines: Chris Flemming had 18 points and 14 rebounds in Green Hope's 52-38 Tri-Nine 4A win over Middle Creek. John Moser added 17 points and six rebounds for the No. 7 Falcons (17-4, 9-4). No. 5 Middle Creek falls to 14-6 overall and 10-3 in the conference.

Sanderson tops Leesville Road: Parker Fennema scored 21 points to help Sanderson to a 72-65 win over Leesville Road. Shyheim Debnam scored 19 for Leesville Road.

Jags storm back: Athens Drive scored 24 points in the fourth quarter to come from behind and defeat Fuquay-Varina 58-39 in its Tri-Nine 4A win. Dylan Haupt scored 22 for the Jaguars.

Evans leads Apex: T.J. Evans scored 19 as Apex claimed a 52-42 Tri-Nine 4A win over Holly Springs. No. 3 Apex is 20-2. Its last loss came to Holly Springs on Dec. 16.

Wolverines top Cougars: Wakefield knocked off Wake Forest-Rolesville 60-58 in Cap Eight 4A action. No. 8 Wake Forest fell to 13-6. Logan Evans (17 points) and Andrew Burress (15) led the Wolverines (12-6).

Girls

Wildcats cruise: Millbrook, No. 1 in the N&O, grabbed a 13-point lead in the first quarter and cruised past Wake Forest Heritage 64-29. The Wildcats are 19-2 overall and 10-1 in the Cap Eight 4A.

Gaffney gets 30: Kristen Gaffney scored 30 to lead Green Hope to an 88-45 Tri-Nine 4A win over Middle Creek. No. 2 Green Hope is 13-0 in the league and 19-2 overall.

Warriors lockdown early: No. 6 East Wake held Clayton to two first-quarter points and defeated the Comets 53-35. The Warriors are 17-3 overall and 9-1 in the Greater Neuse River Conference.

Chargers top Jags. No. 11 Pittsboro Northwood climbed to 18-3 with its 71-51 Carolina 12 win over Carrboro. Shelby Wolfe, who averages 17.6 points, scored 22. Diamond Tyson matched her average of 18 points per game in the loss.

Apex fades late: Apex managed only 11 points in the second half of a 58-31 Tri-Nine 4A loss to Holly Springs, which led 30-20 at the half. Ka'la Jordan had 19 points for the No. 12 Hawks.

Friends romp: No. 9 Durham Carolina Friends (20-3) defeated American Hebrew Academy 67-2. Zoe Vernon had 21 points.

Crusaders nips Raiders: Cardinal Gibbons came from behind to nip Southern Vance 54-52 in a Carolina 3A game. Madison Beuris had 17 points and Haley Glaser added 15 to lead Gibbons (14-6), which has won four games by two points or fewer this season.

Taylor comes through late: Taylor Thompson hit three big free throws to help Cedar Ridge defeat the N.C. School of the Arts 28-25. Thompson finished with 12 points.

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