Former Triangle high school players in March Madness

Posted by J. Mike Blake on March 18, 2014 

Josh Davis starred at Athens Drive until graduating in 2009. He is now at San Diego State, where the Aztecs are a 5-seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.


Fourteen players who played most of their high school basketball in the Triangle will be playing in this week’s NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament. Two others are in their redshirt seasons at teams who made the field.

James Miliken, who played for Jordan-Matthews High in Siler City before two years of community college ball, is on the highest-seeded team (3-seed Creighton) listed below, but is redshirting this season. Athens Drive star Josh Davis is on the next-highest team with 5-seed San Diego State. Davis has made three stops in college: N.C. State, Tulane and now SDSU.

The full list is below:

Coastal Carolina: Aaron Law, East Chapel Hill (transferred to prep school before graduating).

Connecticut: Rodney Purvis*, Upper Room (2012).

Creighton: James Miliken*, Jordan-Matthews (2011).

Louisville: Anton Gill, Ravenscroft (transferred).

Mercer: John Mosser, Green Hope (2013).

N.C. State: T.J. Warren, Riverside/Word of God (transferred); Staats Battle, Broughton (2011); Chris Brickhouse, Broughton (2013).

N.C. Central: Emanuel “Poobie” Chapman, Enloe (2010); Reggie Groves, Sanderson/Word of God/Mt. Zion (2009).

North Carolina: Isaiah Hicks, J.F. Webb (2013); Luke Davis, Broughton/Ravenscroft (2010); James Manor, Chapel Hill (2010); Denzel Robinson, Chapel Hill (2010).

Pittsburgh: Josh Newkirk, Southeast Raleigh/Word of God (2013).

San Diego State: Josh Davis, Athens Drive (2009).

*- is redshirting this season.

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