High Schools

Top-ranked Northern Durham faces No. 2-ranked Panther Creek

tstevens@newsobserver.comJanuary 17, 2014 

The top two teams in The News & Observer boys high school basketball rankings will play on Monday as part of the eight-game SJG Martin Luther King Classic at Durham Riverside High.

Northern Durham (13-1) plays Panther Creek (12-2) at 5:15 p.m. in the third game of the day. North Raleigh Christian plays Durham School of Arts at noon; Bull City Prep plays Durham Mount Zion (1:45 p.m.) and Apex plays Durham Hillside (3:30) before the game between the area’s top-ranked teams.

The final game of the event is Fayetteville Northwood Temple playing Martinsville (Va.) Carlisle at 7 p.m. Carlisle features 7-foot-1 Thon Maker, the top-ranked sophomore in the country.

Play begins on Saturday at 3 p.m., when Fayetteville Northwood Temple plays Fayetteville Freedom Christian. Northern Durham plays Rocky Mount at 5 and Voyager Academy plays Riverside at 7.

Pack gets back: Bill O’Brien’s departure from Penn State to the Houston Texans opened the door for N.C. State to land Baltimore (Md.) Gilman standout defensive back Troy Vincent, Jr.

Vincent was committed to Penn State, but is making the switch to the Wolfpack after talking with new Penn State football coach James Franklin, according to scout.com.

Vincent is the son of five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Troy Vincent, who played for the Washington Redskins, Philadelphis Eagles, Miami Dolpins and Buffalo Bills after his college career at Wisconsin.

Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren was an assistant coach at Wisconsin from 2006 through 2010.

“I read recently that Vincent, Jr., said he had known Doeren since the seventh grade,” said Michael Clark, a recruiting analyst for scout.com. “I’m assuming that Vincent’s dad knew Doeren through ties at Wisconsin. To me, it looks like there is a lot of trust there.”

Vincent is 5-10, 175 pounds and is rated a four-star player by scout.com. Greenville Rose defensive lineman Kentavius Street (6-3, 265) and West Mecklenburg quarterback Jalan McClendon (6-6, 195) are the Pack’s other four star-rated recruits.

State now has 28 commitments. The class is ranked third in the ACC behind Florida State and Miami and is tied for No. 20 in the country.

The first 43: Kedrick Flomo of North Forsyth scored his team’s first 43 points in a 54-43 boys basketball victory over Asheboro on Jan. 11.

Flomo, an Appalachian State recruit, finished with 48 points. The N.C. High School Athletic Association reports he made 12 of 17 shots from the floor while the rest of the team was 0 for 27.

Flomo averages 25.4 points and 7.4 rebounds and has scored 30 or more points in six games.

National honors: Murphy coach David Murphy, Davidson Day quarterback Will Grier and Charlotte Catholic runner Elijah Hood recently won national football honors.

Murphy was named is the National Federation of State High School Asscociation’s 2013 national high school football coach of the year. He has coached for 42 years, including 30 at Murphy.

The Bulldogs were 13-3 in 2013 and defeated Plymouth 35-34 in the NCHSAA 1A football championship. The title was Gentry’s sixth. He has 344 career wins.

Grier, a Florida recruit, threw for threw for 4,989 yards and 77 touchdowns in 2013 and was named the national high school player of the year by Student Sports.

Hood, a University of North Carolina recruit, rushed for 3,640 yards and 53 touchdowns and received a similar honor from the U.S. Army.

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