This past basketball season was one of the best years to watch individual players. Schools such as Upper Room, Ravenscroft and Millbrook won state championships. There are plenty of good players in Raleigh, but here were the top five players last season who played in Raleigh.
Madison Jones, Ravenscroft, 6-1, Sr.:
Jones helped the Ravens to a 31-3 record and scored a team-high 22 points when Ravenscroft won the N.C. Independent Athletic Association 3A championship in late February.
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“I think his is a great player. It’s hard for teams to get back and stop him in transition when we have at least even numbers.” – Ravenscroft coach Kevin Billerman.
Shi’Chee Moore, Millbrook, 5-9, Sr.:
Eastern Regional MVP 2011, Cap Eight 4A player of the year 2012. Moore led Millbrook to a 21-7 season and scored a game-high 19 points to secure conference regular season title with a win over Wake Forest-Rolesville.
“Shi'Chee is a pass first point guard which is a rare find in 2012. I love the way he controls a game and can take over a game. He is great in transition and if the ball is in his hand with a lead at the end of the game, then Millbrook feels really confident about getting a win.” – Millbrook coach Scott McInnes
Rodney Purvis, Upper Room, 6-4, Sr.:
Purvis led the Eagles to a 24-16 record and the Greater Carolina High School Athletic Association championship this past season. Named GCHSAA Most Valuable Player, Purvis scored 24 points in the 85-61, title-clinching victory against Quality Education Academy.
“He has been the poster child of what we want our students to be as far as responsible spiritually, socially and academically.” – Upper Room coach Avie Lester.
Dana Brown, Enloe, 5-9, Sr.:
Brown led the Eagles with 536 points this season, the most for any single player in the Cap Eight 4A conference. She was named the conference Player of the Year and led the Eagles to the playoffs.
“I’m afraid of Dana Brown. Dana is a great player and she can take over at any time. She has a quick first step and she’s just a tremendous player. In a split section she could be down the court and hit a 3-pointer.” – Broughton coach Dayna Jordan.
Briana Day, Millbrook, 6-4, Jr.:
Briana Day scored 17 points in the Wildcats victory over West Forsyth in the NCHSAA 4A championship game. She led the 29-2 Wildcats with 10 points a game.
“She’s played really hard this season and she’s always all around the boards. She gets a lot of her points on second chance opportunities and you need a player like that.” – Millbrook coach Chris East