North Carolina basketball recruits Joel Berry of Orlando (Fla.) Lake Highland and Justin Jackson of the Homeschool Christian Youth Association from Spring, Texas headline the 42nd annual Holiday Invitational high school basketball tournaments, which begin a three-day run Thursday at Broughton High and Cary Academy.
This year’s field is divided into two eight-team boys’ tournaments and an eight-team girls’ tournament.
Lake Highland and HCYA are in different brackets so their teams will not play during the three days.
The Tar Heels recruits will play in back-to-back games on Thursday at Broughton High, however.
Lake Highland will play Clayton at 7 p.m., in the Shavlik Randolph bracket and HCYA will play Raleigh Word of God at 8:30 in the Summitt Hospitality bracket.
Jackson and Berry are the only ACC commitments in the field.
Devin Booker of Moss Point, Miss., (6-foot-5) is headed to Kentucky and Goodluck Okonoboh (6-9) of Wilbraham and Monson of Wilbraham, Mass., is going to Nevada-Las Vegas.
This year’s field has several ranked underclassmen, including Kinston junior Brandon Ingram (6-7), who reportedly has scholarship offers from UNC, N.C. State and Wake Forest.
Thon Maker of Carlisle (Martinsville, Va.) High, a 7-1 Australian, is the top-ranked sophomore in the U.S., by ESPN.com.
The eight-team girls’ tournament is loaded with area powers.
Chapel Hill, which is No. 1 in The N&O rankings, will play No. 6 Durham Hillside at 11 a.m. Thursday at Cary Academy. Cary, No. 2 in The N&O, will face West Craven at 2 p.m., and Broughton, No. 4, will play Greensboro Dudley at 12:30. Durham Riverside, No. 11, will play West Forsyth at 3:30.
The girls will play at Cary Academy until Saturday’s championship game, which moves to Broughton at 4 p.m.