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High school notebook: Apex basketball standout TJ Evans heads to Cape Fear Community

tstevens@newsobserver.comJune 27, 2014 

Even though guard T.J. Evans, front, averaged 19.3 points for Apex, which won the 2014 NCHSAA 4A state title, he did not receive an offer from a Division I school.

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T.J. Evans, who helped lead Apex to the 2014 N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A boys basketball championship, has a new home.

Evans, a 6-foot-1 point guard, committed Thursday night to Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington.

"Cape Fear had been with me throughout the entire recruiting process," Evans said. "I think the coaches there can help me get to the next level. I think they really care about me."

Cape Fear Community is a junior college. Evans is academically qualified to attend an NCAA Division I school so he is expected to be eligible to transfer to a four-year school after a year at Cape Fear.

"It was a very frustrating year as far as my college recruitment," Evans said. "People would ask who I had offers from, and I'd tell them that I didn't have any offers. They thought I was joking. It just didn't happen."

Evans averaged 19.3 points and 2.4 assists on the 23-7 state championship club.

Vikings close to coach: South Granville High hopes to name its new football coach in the coming days. A top candidate has been identified and will be presented to the school board for approval.

The new coach will succeed Mike Hobgood, who is the new coach at Leesville Road.

East Chapel Hill and Roanoke Rapids also are in the process of naming head football coaches.

Offseason football: Most area NCHSAA teams were involved in summer workouts and 7-on-7 scrimmages last week but enter a dead period Monday when coaches cannot work with players.

Teams are not allowed to practice or work out between June 30 and July 6. Most teams will resume workouts July 7 but will enter a second dead period on July 21 through July 27.

Green Hope girls: John D'Agostin, an assistant boys basketball coach at Cary the past two years, has been named the varsity girls coach at Green Hope. D'Agostin was a Green Hope boys assistant in 2011-12.

From 1998 to 2009 he was a head girls coach in California at Thousand Oaks Westlake and at Burbank High.

EPIC changes: The Eastern Plains Independent 2A Conference will have some changes this fall. Cary Christian, Raleigh Grace Christian and St. David's will be joined by Sanford Grace Christian and Southern Pines O'Neal in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association league.

Former members Rocky Mount Faith Christian, Roanoke Rapids Halifax Academy, Rocky Mount Academy and Henderson Kerr-Vance Academy will go into the new Carolina Independent 1A/2A with Henderson Crossroads Christian, Greenville Oakwood School, New Bern Epiphany and St. Thomas More.

Big East Independent: The Big East Independent Football Conference will have four members again this fall. The football-only league includes Ravenscroft, which is one of five NCISAA Division I football-playing schools; and North Raleigh Christian, Wake Christian and Harrells Christian, which are all in Division II.

The conference anticipates adding Raleigh Word of God for the 2015 season. Word of God is moving from eight-man football to 11-man this season but will play as an NCISAA independent.

J. Mike Blake contributed to this story.

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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