Millbrook’s Brianna Hinton committed to Barton College in Wilson recently, giving the Wildcats eight players from last year’s N.C. High School Athletic Association girls 4A basketball championship team who have made verbal commitments to colleges and universities.
Bria and Brianna Day, the 6-foot-4 twins, are headed to Syracuse, and Mykia Jones is committed to Wake Forest. Alex Tomlinson (Wingate University), Courtney Best (Campbell University), Katelyn Mitchell (UNC-Pembroke) and Ryan Flowers (UNC-Wilmington) are the others.
Millbrook defeated West Forsyth 57-40 in the championship game and finished 31-2 during the players’ junior year. They lost to Southwest Guilford 44-35 in the 2011 championship game.
DeAnneisha Jackson to Radford: Harnett Central girls basketball standout DeAnneisha Jackson recently committed to Radford University in Radford, Va.
Jackson started on the Central varsity as a freshman and has made the Greater Neuse 4A all-conference team the past three seasons. She averaged 13 points as a sophomore and 15 points as a junior. Jackson also has averaged 7.8 rebounds per game over the past two seasons.
“DeAnneisha set a goal for herself of playing Division I basketball,” said Central coach Bennie Pollock. “She has worked toward that goal. We are very happy that she has made her commitment to Radford.”
Jordan back picks Navy: John Brown, a 5-foot-10, 195-pound senior running back at Durham Jordan, has committed to play football at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Brown ran the 40-yard dash 4.39 seconds at a Shrine Bowl Game of the Carolinas combine. He rushed for 548 yards and had 12 receptions for 339 yards. He also returned kicks and played defensive back.
“John is a tremendous football player but an even better person,” said Jordan coach LaDwaun Harrison. “Navy is getting a young man that has extremely high character, a tremendous work ethic and a great deal of skill.”
Jordan finished 2-9 this season and was 0-6 in the PAC-Six 4A.
Hicks rated as state’s top prospect: Oxford Webb’s Isaiah Hicks, who is committed to the University of North Carolina, is ranked as the No. 19 basketball prospect in the country by scout.com, an online recruiting site.
The 6-foot-8 Hicks is the only five-star player listed in North Carolina.
Kennedy Meeks of West Charlotte, who is also 6-8, is the No. 1-ranked center in the country and is No. 31 overall. The top 30 players receive five-star rankings.
Joining Meeks at the four-star level are Raleigh Word of God 6-foot point guard Josh Newkirk, who is committed to Pittsburgh; 6-foot-7 power forward Shannon Hall of Arden Christ School, who is committed to Alabama; and uncommitted 6-foot-7 Christian Hairston of Greensboro Day.