North Carolina’s Brandon Huffman (42) and the bench react after after teammate Theo Pinson (1) sank two free throws to give the Tar Heels a 74-70 lead with 16 seconds to play against Tennessee on December 17, 2017 at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn.
Twenty-nine athletes who played their high school ball in the greater Triangle area will be in the NCAA men's and women's college basketball tournaments as they start this week.
There are 15 men's players and 14 women's players.
But it does include American Athletic Conference player of the year Gary Clark, who is from Clayton, likely All-American and Big XII player of the year Devonte' Graham from Broughton High, and potential women's All-American Azura Stevens, who went to Cary and stars at UConn.
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UNC-Greensboro and N.C. Central each have three former area players on their men's rosters, but N.C. State's women lead the way with five former area players (though former Athens Drive star Grace Hunter is sitting out this season due to transfer rules).
Arizona: Rawle Alkins (Word of God).
Arkansas: Jalen Harris (Word of God).
Cincinnati: Gary Clark (Clayton).
Davidson: Carter Collins (East Chapel Hill).
Florida: Mike Okauru (Ravenscroft).
Kansas: Devonte' Graham (Broughton).
N.C. Central: Brandon Goldsmith (Millbrook), John Guerra (Cary Academy), Marius McAllister (Hillside).
North Carolina: Brandon Huffman (Word of God).
UNC-Greensboro: James Dickey (Word of God), Kaleb Hunter (Granville Central/North Raleigh Christian/Neuse Christian), Demetrius Troy (Word of God).
The Corinth Holders Pirates beat the Holly Springs Golden Hawks in the NCHSAA baseball tournament on Saturday, May 25, 2019. Pitcher Tyler Stufano’s and the Pirates will play Mooresville starting on May 31.